61st Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

61st Pebble Beach Concours d^Elegance August 2011
A 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne owned by Peter and Merle Mullin from Los Angeles was named Best of Show at the 61st Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance held Sunday on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Additionally, proceeds from raffles, auctions, sponsorships and ticket sales helped contribute more than $1 million to charity for the sixth straight year.

Competitors from 30 states, the District of Columbia, 14 countries and the principality of Monaco brought their prized automotive possessions to California's Monterey Peninsula for judging in 29 classes. In the end, the French-made Voisin was judged the best, a particularly gratifying achievement for Peter Mullin, a self-described 'French car guy.'

'Winning with the Voisin is the most special, significant, rewarding thing that's ever happened to me…outside of marrying my wife (and the Voisin's co-owner Merle),' said Mullin, a 69-year-old financial services entrepreneur and philanthropist. 'There's nothing like the Voisin interior. You can't print the fabric in this car; you have to loom it. This interior is going to last a long time.'

This is the first Pebble Beach Concours Best of Show win for Mullin in 27 appearances at the annual classic car event.

'I've been showing at Pebble Beach for nearly three decades and this is the greatest venue in the world,' he said. 'It's the ultimate thrill, although I wasn't sure I'd actually won. 'We were sitting in the bullpen with the other two finalists (out of a field of 227 cars), the judges pointed at me and I thought I finished third… and then the fireworks went off.'

The other cars nominated for Best of Show were a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C owned by Richard Stephens from Auburn, Calif., and a 1929 Bentley Speed Six owned by Daniel Sielecki from Capital, Argentina.

'The Voisin is a four-door closed car, so it's actually an unexpected winner,' said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. 'However, the car's remarkable attention to detail brought it forward during judging and it became a real crowd pleaser.'

'The Voisin automobiles are always influenced by the fact that Gabriel Voisin came from the world of aviation. There was so much craftsmanship in everything he put together. For Voisin, form follows function, and this car features an amazing, interesting upholstery and interior.'

Voisin, who built airplanes during World War I and converted his focus to automobiles once peace was declared, sold more than 11,000 of his usually unconventional, rather expensive vehicles between 1919 and 1939. The distinctive C-25 Voisin, featuring a blend of French curves, highlights Voisin's aeronautic expertise, such as the use of lightweight materials and streamlined designs.

The 2011 Pebble Beach Concours show field included a celebration of Mercedes-Benz and 125 years of the automobile, with nearly 40 Benz, Mercedes and Mercedes-Benz vehicles participating, including the oldest car on the field – an 1894 Benz Victoria Vis à Vis. The Stutz centennial was also highlighted, with 27 vehicles shown. And the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari 250 GTO was featured in a special class, with 21 of the 36 sports cars ever built on display. Other special classes included Rolls-Royce Edwardian Silver Ghosts and Italian motorcycles.

Tonight Show host Jay Leno made a guest appearance during the awards ceremony, and other celebrities in attendance included top-selling recording artist Sheryl Crow and Academy Award-winning actress Mira Sorvino. Actor Edward Herrmann served as the event's master of ceremonies for the 13th consecutive year.

The Pebble Beach Concours has benefited many charities throughout its long history. Current primary charity partners include Pebble Beach Company Foundation, United Way Monterey Country and Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County. The 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance raised $1,154,778 for these organizations. Over time it has now generated more than $15 million for local, national and international charitable groups.

The Pebble Beach Concours occurs every year on the third Sunday in August. Featured marques for the 62nd Pebble Beach Concours, slated for Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, will include Cars of the Maharajas as well as Mercer and German motorcycles. Other features will be announced in coming months.

First conducted in 1950, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® ( has grown to be the world's premier celebration of the automobile. Only the most beautiful and rare cars are invited to appear on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®, and connoisseurs of art and style flock to see these masterpieces. Charitable donations raised by Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® now total over $14 million. Related events include Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance™ presented by Rolex, Pebble Beach RetroAuto™, and Pebble Beach® Auctions presented by Gooding & Company. Pebble Beach®, Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance™, and Pebble Beach RetroAuto™ are trademarks, service marks and trade dress of Pebble Beach Company. All rights reserved.

Pebble Beach Company, headquartered in Pebble Beach, Calif., owns and operates the world-famous Pebble Beach Resorts®, including The Lodge at Pebble Beach™, The Inn at Spanish Bay™ and Casa Palmero®. The company also operates four renowned golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Spyglass Hill® Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay™ and Del Monte™ Golf Course. Its other famed properties include the scenic 17-Mile Drive® and The Spa at Pebble Beach™, and it annually hosts premier events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational, the Pebble Beach Food & Wine event and the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Site of the 2019 U.S. Open Championship, Pebble Beach Golf Links® has hosted five U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, one PGA Championship, and numerous other tournaments.


1906 Adams-Farwell Series 6  
1907 Stevens Duryea Model U  
1909 Knox Model O  
1910 Packard Model Thirty  
1910 Rambler Model 54  
1911 Stevens Duryea Tourer AA  
1912 Hispano Suiza 15/45HP  
1914 Marmon Model 41  
1914 Packard Series 3-48  

1931 Cord L-29  
1931 Marmon Model 16  
1931 Packard Model 845  
1933 Packard 1005 Twelve  
1933 Packard 1006 Twelve  
1934 Cadillac 452D V16  
1934 Packard 1106 Twelve  
1936 Auburn 852  
1937 Packard 1507 Twelve  
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve  
1938 Packard 1601 Eight  

1927 Pierce Arrow Model 36  
1929 DuPont Model G  
1933 Cadillac 452C V16  
1935 Pierce Arrow 845  
1938 Lincoln Model K  
1940 Cadillac Series Sixty  

1913 Stutz Series B  
1914 Stutz Model 4E  
1916 Stutz Bearcat  
1918 Stutz Series S  
1923 Stutz Speedway Four  

1925 Stutz Model 695  
1928 Stutz Model BB  
1929 Stutz Model M  
1929 Stutz Supercharged  
1930 Stutz SV16  
1931 Stutz Model MB  
1934 Stutz Model SV-16  

1931 Stutz Model DV-32  
1932 Stutz Model DV-32  
1933 Stutz DV-32  

1927 Duesenberg Model X  
1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy  
1934 Duesenberg Model J  
1935 Duesenberg Model J  
1936 Duesenberg Model SJN  

1907 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost  
1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost  
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Shapiro-Schebera Skiff  
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost  

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1932 Rolls-Royce 20/25  
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  

1886 Benz Motorwagen Replica  
1904 Mercedes-Benz Model 28/32 HP  
1911 Mercedes-Benz 40 HP  
1911 Mercedes-Benz Model 50  
1915 Mercedes-Benz 28/60 HP  

1928 Mercedes-Benz 710 SS  
1928 Mercedes-Benz Model S  
1929 Mercedes-Benz Model S  
1929 Mercedes-Benz SS  
1931 Mercedes-Benz 370 S  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 290K  

1934 Mercedes-Benz 380K  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1943 Mercedes-Benz 770K  

1894 Mercedes-Benz Vis a Vis  
1927 Mercedes-Benz Model S  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1969 Mercedes-Benz 600  

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  

1906 Mercedes-Benz 120 HP  
1908 Mercedes-Benz 120HP  
1908 Mercedes-Benz 150 HP Grand-Prix  
1910 Benz 200HP Blitzen-Benz  
1914 Mercedes-Benz 115HP  
1922 Mercedes-Benz 28/95 HP  
1927 Mercedes-Benz SSK  

1923 Bugatti Type 23  
1923 Hispano Suiza H6B  
1925 Hispano Suiza H6B  
1928 Aston Martin T-Type  
1929 Bentley 6½-Liter  
1929 Minerva Type AM  

1932 Austro-Daimler 635  
1932 Lancia Dilambda  
1933 Jaguar SS1  
1934 Voisin C25  
1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide  
1937 Railton Eight  
1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS  

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B  
1938 Bugatti Type 57  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C  
1938 Talbot-Lago T150C  
1939 Bugatti Type 57  
1939 Jaguar SS 100  
1939 Talbot-Lago T120  

1932 Ford Type 18 Special  
1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster  
1935 Ford Model 48 German Special  
1937 Ford Model 78 Darrin  

1910 Daimler 57HP  
1916 Winton Six-33  
1926 Renault 40CV  
1931 Lincoln Model K  
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental  
1937 Frazer Nash BMW 328  
1938 Lincoln Model K  

1953 Fiat 8V  
1954 Ferrari 375 MM  
1954 Hudson Italia  
1954 Jaguar XK-120  
1957 Porsche 356 A  
1965 Shelby Cobra 289  

1952 Ferrari 342 America  
1953 Ferrari 342 America Speciale  
1954 Ferrari 375 MM  
1957 Ferrari 250 GT  
1959 Ferrari 250 GT  
1965 Ferrari 250 LM  
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competition  
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4  

1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Sperimentale  
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO  
1962 Ferrari 330 GTO  
1963 Ferrari 250 GTO  
1964 Ferrari 250 GTO  

1946 Allard J1  
1949 Plate Special Roadster  
1954 Swallow Doretti  
1955 Lancia Aurelia  
1960 Jaguar E2A  
1966 Aston Martin Short-Chassis Volante  

1949 Porsche 356/2 Gmund  
1953 Bosley Mark I GT  
1954 Alfa Romeo 1900  
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1  
1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona  

1950 Delahaye 135M  
1950 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport  
1952 Lancia Aurelia  
1953 Fiat 8V  
1954 Bentley R Type  
1956 Aston Martin DB2-4 MKII  
1956 Maserati A6G-54  
1959 Aston Martin DB2/4  

1948 Dodge Custom Series  
1952 Cadillac Series 62  
1953 Lincoln Capri  
1954 Hudson Italia  
1954 Packard Panther Daytona Concept  
1957 Dual Ghia Sports Car  
1960 Plymouth XNR Concept  

2009 Mercedes-Benz F-Cell Roadster  
2010 Fisker Karma  
2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept  
2011 Bentley Continental SuperSports Ice Speed Record  
2011 BMW 328 Hommage  
2011 Ford Start Concept  
2011 Infiniti ETHEREA Concept  
2011 Maserati GranTurismo MC  
2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom 102EX Experimental Electric  
2011 SSC Tuatara  
2012 Cadillac Ciel Concept  
2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4  
2012 Lotus Evora GTE Road Car Concept  

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