The Cars are the Stars!
The week-long Concours d’Elegance, in Pebble Beach, California, attracts some of the world’s most historically significant–and rare–automobiles along with throngs of avid car enthusiasts and experts. Now in its 66th year, the Concours d’Elegance has raised more than $21M for local organizations in need and expects to donate close to $2M again this year.
Three of my favorite events were dinner at the Rolls Royce Villa, the Bentley dinner at the Lodge’s Private Tennis Club and Sunday brunch at the Mercedes-Benz suite at the Lodge. The Sunday brunch overlooks the entire Concours and a wide sweep of ocean beyond. It was such an exciting day, with the exhibit of extraordinary vintage cars in every category. One of my favorites was the award-winning Delahaye, owned by the Mullins. It is one of only four surviving cars of its type.
The award winning Delahaye driven by the Mullins.
The real action was taking place at the auctions, where it was possible to purchase an amazing 1930 Duesenberg for about $1M, or even a rare Jaguar D-type racecar, which sold for $21.8M. A lot of the cars did not meet their reserve price.
1930 Duesenberg at the Bonham’s auction. Price tag: about $1M.
The 1937 Tabo-Lago won Best of the Best. Merle Mullin was proud!
I am already planning next August’s trip to the Concours d’Elegance and looking forward to learning much more about these amazing automobiles.