What Would We See: 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

You've been aching to get to this show for a few years now and you've finally managed to pry yourself away from those crushing work deadlines and familial responsibilities to enjoy a long weekend away surrounded by the smell of fresh leather interiors, Meguiar's Chrome polish and tire dressing. Now it's time to tackle the task of your itinerary! If we were lucky enough to attend this year's 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance this is how we'd setup our rolling start, pit stops, and final lap.





Our warm up lap (Wednesday AM) would start with the Concours office to help us get a better idea of the lay-of-the-land and familiarize ourselves with the event schedule (not that we wouldn't have been planning this weeks ahead of time). From there we'd head off to the Pebble Beach Auction Preview hosted by Gooding & Company. For $100 ($200 if bidding but we aren't in the big leagues sooo...) we get the bidding catalog (souvenir) and entry for two. After wiping the drool from our face, it's time to start snapping pictures and placing beer bets on auction prices. The preview extends through Saturday afternoon so we have plenty of time to finesse our numbers.

Thursday is when the events really get under way starting with the Tour d'Elegance. A very select group of cars are invited to participate in a leisurely drive through the hills and valleys of the California coast which also includes a lap around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. There are several spots along the route where we can watch the caravan although we'd probably head over to the track to see them all in one place. It also gives us a chance to watch the 1960's GT class race through the corkscrew.


We're fans of car art so a pit stop at the RetroAuto Pavillion will fill our tanks full of automotive memorabilia. Here we'll browse through original posters and artwork, literature, collectables and "luxury items to compliment the motoring lifestyle". We love this stuff and plan on creating our own original works for your enjoyment.

Being Friday, and feeling like we're getting the hang of things, we'd try our best to sneak into a VIP event to experience the upper echelon of the collector car hobby. The Gooding & Company VIP Preview would be on our list.

We imagine security would be tight so its off to the pubs for us to talk shop and get to know some of the other spectators and promote MotorEthos.

Following up on our art kick we'd spend a bit of time Saturday at the Automotive Fine Arts Society Exhibition located on the show field of the Concours d'Elegance. Displayed here is the work of the finest automotive artist in the world.

After dinner the gavel work begins. The main auction starts at 5pm and per the schedule... end when it ends. Watching one of these through the magic of TV is hypnotic, we can only imagine the spectacle of it all in person. The Gooding & Company auction has been setting the market for classic car values for decades so you can bet anybody that's in this niche exchange of valuables will be present (that's why we're here!).

The party's got to end sometime and Sunday is the final lap. That means less time cruising through festivities and more time actually driving home. Now that we (and you) have a better idea of what to expect at your first Concours d'Elegance we hope to meet you out there next year. But in the mean time we're all going to have to follow our good friend  Nate Risch from N8r Interactive Marketing.

Source: Pebble Beach Concours, Sports Car Digest, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Conceptcars

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