Concept Carz Home Concepts and PrototypesAbout Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed
 
 Automotive NewsArrow PictureLast Mercer Will Compete At Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 
Last Mercer Will Compete At Pebble Beach Concours d'EleganceAddThis Social Bookmark Button
Company press release.

Last Mercer Will Compete At Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance  When the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic commences on August 7, Johnny Crowell will don his leather cap and goggles and settle in behind the wheel of his 1925 Mercer Series 6 Raceabout -- the last Mercer ever to exit the factory.

The Roebling family along with designer Finley Robertson Porter debuted the Mercer Raceabout Type 35R in 1911. The result was one of the most admired sports cars of the early era: a stripped-down, two-seat speedster designed to be driven fast. By 1925, they had perfected it; the Series 6 is the only model to be powered by a six-cylinder engine, and Crowell's car, one of just two Series 6 Raceabouts in existence, is the only Mercer to have factory-installed four-wheel brakes. 'All of the other Raceabouts went like hell but wouldn't stop,' says Crowell.

It seems that Crowell has every intention of seeing just how fast the car deemed America's first race car will go, and right beside him, giving new meaning to the term 'trooper,' will be Crowell's wife, Christine. 'We are going from Seattle to Pebble Beach, touring 1,500 miles with no top, no windows and a sorry excuse for a windshield ... and I suspect we will get some rain,' jokes Crowell. 'My wife will love it.'

The Pebble Beach Motoring Classic is the ultimate road trip for automotive enthusiasts. The trip begins in Seattle, Washington, and winds through the Cascade Mountains, scaling Mount Hood and circling scenic Crater Lake, then eventually crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and tracing the Pacific Coast toward its final destination-the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where Mercer is a featured marque this year.

On arrival, Crowell's Mercer, which made its way into his hands in February, will make its post-restoration debut on the Concours show field. This historic automobile was previously owned by the same family for over 70 years. 'It was driven hard and put away wet,' explains Crowell. 'It was operational but I wouldn't have wanted to drive it more than a few feet.'

The car is being restored by Adams Custom Engines in Sparks, Nevada, with the goal of keeping it as original and authentic as possible while making it a sound driver. Since it was the last Mercer Raceabout built in the factory, it includes several leftover parts, and the restoration team has worked hard to identify and keep on the car those parts that ordinarily would not have been used. Lab tests have been performed on the paint, metal and wood to determine the timeline of previous maintenance and restoration efforts. And Crowell has talked with the daughter of the former owner, who graciously shared memories and information that shed some light on the car's rich history.

Crowell also has a small collection of trophies won by drivers who competed in Mercer Raceabouts. One of his trophies was originally won by a gentleman who bought a Raceabout straight off the dealership lot, raced it, drove it across the finish line and kept going, setting a world record for distance. 'It was just made to race. It was the Ferrari of its day,' says Crowell. 'That's what makes it such a fun car.'

This year's Concours d'Elegance will host an unprecedented assemblage of quintessential, one-of-a-kind and rarely seen Mercers. In addition to the last production Mercer brought by Crowell, Dave and Denise Sanders will be showing a rare 1931 prototype, a Mercer Merrimac Convertible Coupe that was built in a failed attempt to revive the marque.

'Visitors can expect to see cars beginning with the earliest offerings by the company and several examples of the celebrated 35J Raceabouts,' says Colin Feichtmeir, a member of the Selection Committee that determines the cars to be invited to participate in the Concours. 'The collection of racecars, the later 'L-head' cars, and the final examples from the factory make this an unprecedented mosaic of Mercer automobiles.'

In addition to Mercer, the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will feature Cars of the Maharajas, Saoutchik Coachwork, AC and AC (Shelby) Cobra, Fiat, Sport Customs and German Motorcycles. Information and tickets are available at www.pebblebeachconcours.net.

   Recent Articles
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MOTORING FESTIVAL & CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF 2014 SAVANNAH SPEED CLASSIC

• Celebrating a decade of vintage racing, the Savannah Speed Classic boasts exciting additions, brings racing back to its roots


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – The Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival & Concours d'Elegance (HHIMF), one of the nation's largest and fastest-growing automotive and motorsports enthusiast event weeks, today announced the expansion of its Savannah Speed Classic, held October 24 – 26. The Savannah Speed Classic presented by Mingledorff's, Inc., brings togeth....
HRH PRINCE MICHAEL OF KENT CONCLUDES RECORD BREAKING CONCOURS OF ELEGANCE 2014 WITH ‘BEST OF SHOW' PRESENTATION

◾The Pullman Trophy for 'Best of Show' 2014 presented to the legendary 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Touring 'Flying Star'
◾Exclusive prize winners' presentation made at private reception on Saturday in King Henry VIII's Great Dining Hall at Hampton Court Palace, hosted by Concours Patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent
◾Concours of Elegance 2014 recorded biggest crowds in the event's three year history with more than 10,000 visitors over the weekend

The UK's most prestigious Concours of Elegance, uni....
'CARS OF THE COWBOYS' CLASS COMING TO THE 2015 AMELIA ISLAND CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE

On March 15, 2015, the 20th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance will display the eclectic and eccentric cars customized and modified to promote America's movie and TV cowboys with the highly anticipated 'Cars of the Cowboys' class. In true 'Amelia' tradition, this unique display on the 10th and 18th fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island at The Ritz-Carlton will put fun ahead of fad and fashion as the first gathering of cowboy vehicles at a major international Concours.

Featur....
Darth Vader car to be shown at Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance on September 14

The theme of the 22nd annual Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance is Innovation, and Mattel's Darth Vader Car certainly reflects this. It is one of several iconic vehicles that will be displayed alongside the nearly 200 classic cars that will compete for awards in 23 classes at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes on Sunday September 14.

Mattel Designer Bryan Benedict says, 'We wanted to create a car that best embodied all of the qualities of Darth in automotive form - not just hi....
PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE AND PEBBLE BEACH TOUR D'ELEGANCE PRESENTED BY ROLEX

CLASSIC MASTERPIECES ON TRACK AND FIELD

The Monterey Classic Car Week is one of those rendezvous moments: a must genuine must-do in a world seemingly full of unique and iconic events. The week features concours, tours, racing and auctions; it offers something for everyone interested in the history of the automobile or, indeed, society, given the impact the car has had in its century or so of popular appeal. In 2014, four events stood out head and shoulders above the other happenings. ....
MY YACHT™ CONCOURS MAKES WAVES IN MONTEREY

Los Angeles, CA August 21st, 2014 – In a busy automotive week full of parties held in houses, tents, and parking lots, My Yacht Group's Concours event created a uniquely prestigious evening aboard Motor Yacht Acania, the 136-foot superyacht originally commissioned by Al Capone in 1929. Moored in Breakwater Cove Marina for the second year, the cream of the motoring world, discerning HNW guests, Olympic athletes , and distinguished brand partners led by Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors AG en....
1914 French Grand Prix Centennial Celebrated

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 21, 2014) -- It has been 100 years since the flag dropped at the legendary 1914 French Grand Prix. Just a handful of automobiles that competed in this iconic race are known to have survived and most were reunited on the show field at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, August 17.

The 1914 French Grand Prix, often called the last great race, took place on July 4, less than a month before World War I began, changing motor racing forever....
RM AUCTIONS RAISES THE BAR WITH MORE THAN $143 MILLION IN SALES IN MONTEREY

• RM Auctions sets a new collector car auction benchmark with a record $143.4 million in sales at its flagship Monterey, California event; Saturday session achieves $88 million in just four hours
• Auction proves quality counts with 91 percent of lots sold
• Thirty-five lots achieve individual million-dollar-plus results; three lots achieve eight-figures
• Ferraris dominate top sales led by 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale for $26.4 million; a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM for $11.5 million; and the e....
2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition
2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  2014 Infiniti Q60 Bobby Unser Edition  
2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept
2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  2014 McLaren P1 GTR Design Concept  
2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN
2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN  2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN  2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN  2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN  2014 Saleen FOURSIXTEEN  
2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition
2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition  2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition  2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition  2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition  2013 Dodge Viper GTS Launch Edition  
2013 Ford GTR1
2013 Ford GTR1  2013 Ford GTR1  2013 Ford GTR1  2013 Ford GTR1  2013 Ford GTR1  
2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER
2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER  2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER  2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER  2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER  2013 McLaren MP4-12C SPIDER  
2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept
2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept  2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept  2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept  2012 Bentley Mulsanne Convertible Concept  
2011 MINI Countryman WRC
2011 MINI Countryman WRC  2011 MINI Countryman WRC  2011 MINI Countryman WRC  2011 MINI Countryman WRC  2011 MINI Countryman WRC  
2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2
2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2  2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2  2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2  2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2  2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT2  
2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2
2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2  2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2  2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2  2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2  2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2