June 2011

Flying in the Star

Written by 
The Martins and Flying Star owner Paul Emple

Location, location, location. The mantra of real estate agents, it applies equally to concours and vintage tours.

Who can deny that a significant part of the appeal of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is its stunning setting, on the 18th Fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Course, with Carmel Bay in the background and seals barking as a soundtrack?

While I’m not a golfer—I’ve always thought that game would be more challenging if the ball moved around while you were trying to strike it—I do thank all the golf enthusiasts for creating such perfect environments for concours. Although there is an inherent contradiction in displaying automobiles, designed to run on asphalt surfaces, on a freshly-mowed grass surface, who can deny that cars look their absolute best in a sylvan setting?