2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
This past weekend Mike & Kelly Vietro attended the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The event celebrates attention to detail, a commitment to excellence and the resulting pleasure to be found in what is, quite simply, the best. Each year the Concours draws together tens of thousands of the world’s automotive enthusiasts. Famed designers, racing greats, captains of industry and a multitude of media representatives covering automotive and lifestyle trends are all a part of the mix.
Classic cars are displayed with the beauty of Pebble Beach as their backdrop. Concept cars, prototypes and the very latest models are often unveiled on the upper lawn of The Lodge at Pebble Beach. More than 225 Collector Cars and Motorcycles from 14 Countries are Showcased During Competition Along California’s Monterey Coast
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. 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.
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.