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Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 21, 2016)
— The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance concluded with first-time entrant Richard Mattei lifting the top prize high overhead soon after his 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet was named Best of Show at the prestigious competition.
When the award was announced, it took Mattei a moment to grasp the accomplishment: 'I was just happy to be an entrant at Pebble Beach—and now to get an award, and not just one, but three!' His Lancia won its class before competing for Best of Show, and it was also named the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible.
The cabriolet was once owned by guitarist Eric Clapton, who declared it to be 'the most fun I've had off stage and out of bed.' Pininfarina later purchased the car for its collection and it remained there for decades.
Concours d'Elegance of America
With over 300 vintage and classic automobiles and motorcycles from 31 states and countries, the Concours d'Elegance of America reaffirms its position as one of the most prestigious automotive events in the world. This year's event paid tribute to may special features, including Ford GT-40s, Body by Dietrich, Rally Cars, Pierce Arrow, 110 years of Lancia, Jet-Age Travel Trucks, and a superb assortment of Classics and early Brass cars.
Among the well-curated classes were the
Body by Dietrich
. Having the vehicles arranged side-by-side, the history and evolution was apparent and easy to appreciate.
group consisted of ten cars from 1911 to 1933. The first Pierce car was built in 1901 and in 1903, Pierce introduced a bigger car called the Arrow. This led to then Great Arrow with cast aluminum body panels on a 93 inch wheelbase and helped build Pierce's great reputation by winning the first five prestigious Glidden Tours. Beginning in 1909, Pierce-Arrow became known as the car of Presidents when President Taft used one for official occasions. This practice continued until the last Pierces were ordered in 1935. In 1914, Pierce-Arrow introduced integral fender headlamps as an option which became the most recognized design cue for Pierce-Arrows for the rest of the company's history.
The Elegance at Hershey
The Elegance at Hershey brings together some of the world's finest collector cars to 'The Sweetest Place on Earth.' The event is held at the formal gardens at the historic Hotel Hershey, in Hershey, PA. The show field, which consisted of about 65 automobiles, showcased some of the finest cars from every era.
The theme for this year's Elegance at Hershey is Celebration of Speed. The car chosen to epitomize that concept was the Alfa Romeo Touring Spyder owned by Mr. Oscar Davis of Elizabeth, NJ. The Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B was used to grace all of this year's Elegance advertisements and promotional materials. The car is an elegant and timeless aggregation of styling and engineering, and is the perfect example of form following function. The car was placed in a prominent spot on the show field, near fountains and gardens, and facing the Chrysler CL Custom Imperial owned by Mr. Joseph Cassini. The Chrysler was a Best of Show winner at the 2012 Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's. Looking around the show field, it became quickly evident that nearly every car on the field was a Best of Show or Best of Class recipient at many events across the United States, including the Amelia Island Concours and the Pebble Beach Concours.
This year's recipient of the Governor's Cup (equivalent to Best in Show) was a 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster owned by the Miyabi Collection of Honolulu, Hawaii. It was built by the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen works and is the only 500K with special louvers, unusual fenders and without doors. The lack of doors reinforce the claim that it may have been raced at some point in its early life. The car also appeared in the 1938 German movie
Der Blaufuchs (The Blue Fox)
. Its postwar years were spent behind the Iron Curtain, even reportedly being fitted at some point with a trailer hitch sot that its owner could more easily haul firewood. It was exported to the United States in 1987 and soon after received a comprehensive restoration. It was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1991 and in 2015.
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
For 21 years, the Amelia Island Concours has continued to impress and entertain automotive enthusiasts with a plethora of vehicles from all walks of life. The expansive golf course show field at the Ritz-Carlton, located on Amelia Island, home of the City of Fernandina Beach, held the first event in 1996. It has grown from humble beginnings to one of the nations top motoring events. This year, over 300 cars and motorcycles from 10 different countries were arranged into 43 classes.
Double Le Mans 24 Hour winner and 1985 World Sports Car Champion Hans-Joachim Stuck was the Amelia Concours Honoree. Special classes included BMW 100th Anniversary and Lamborghini Miura 50th Anniversary celebration, Greenwood Corvettes, Trans-Am cars, Cord, Bizzarrini, Pegaso, Porsche, and a class honoring Hans Stuck. 'Diverse doesn't begin to describe Amelia 2016,' said Bill Warner, founder and Chairman of the Amelia Concours d'Elegance. 'We let our passions shape Amelia, so the field has a unique flavor that even hard core racers tell us they really love.'
Hans Stuck was one of the most popular and successful international road racing stars of the 1970s through the 1990s. He raced in Formula 1 and Formula 2, grand touring cars, Trans-Am and IMSA's GTO Championship. In the early 1990s, he raced Porsche 911 Turbos for the championship-winning Brumos Porsche IMSA SuperCar team. Amelia celebrated Stuck's accomplishments with nineteen 'Cars of Hans Stuck.' One of the highlights was the Brabham BT45B which made a very rare appearance outside of the Alfa Romeo museum in Arese near Milan, Italy. Stuck qualified on the front row at the 1977 Grand Prix of the United States at Watkins Glen. He led the first 14 laps until a broken clutch cable caused his BT45B to jump out of gear and hit a barrier. Mr. Warner said 'We're honored that Alfa Romeo has sent this car from their fabulous museum in Arese, Italy, to honor Hans Stuck'.