The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has added two new events to the calendar for Pebble Beach Automotive Week: the Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum presented by Credit Suisse and the Pebble Beach Classic Car Expo. Forum speakers include SCM Publisher Keith Martin and SCM Contributor Miles Collier.
Pebble Beach RetroAuto, now in its tenth year, will change locations to help anchor these new offerings.
The new Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum presented by Credit Suisse will feature luminaries of the automotive world discussing the most pertinent topics facing the collector car world today. Must-see panels and interviews, most of which will be open to the public without fee, will take place from Thursday, August 14 through Saturday, August 16 in a special pavilion on the edge of the first fairway of The Links at Spanish Bay.
“The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance remains the heart of automotive week, and we continue to focus on recognizing and celebrating the best automobiles in the world,” said Pebble Beach Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “This new forum, presented in partnership with Credit Suisse, brings to the fore some of the people who have created or made history with or spent a lifetime caring for these cars. We hope this forum is a place where we can come together as a community, tackle some of the tough questions facing the car world and draw knowledge from experts in the field-all while encouraging new automotive enthusiasts.”
Forum speakers confirmed to date include racing greats Jochen Mass, Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart; designers Chris Bangle, Moray Callum, Shiro Nakamura, Ed Welburn and Andrea Zagato; respected appraisers and vintage car racers Leigh and Leslie Keno; media leaders Wayne Carini and Keith Martin; and respected collectors Miles Collier, Manvendra Singh Barwani and Derek Hill.
A complete calendar of events for the whole of Pebble Beach Automotive Week, including the full schedule for the forum with the latest information regarding speakers, times and dates, is available on the Concours website at www.pebblebeachconcours.net.
Paired with the forum will be the new Pebble Beach Classic Car Expo, located at The Spanish Bay Tennis Pavilion, where guests can peruse and purchase authentic and unusual vehicles from highly respected classic car dealers. It will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 14 through Saturday, August 16.
Pebble Beach RetroAuto will also be moving to the ballrooms of The Inn at Spanish Bay, providing a new and inviting space for event participants and guests. RetroAuto has already established itself as a well-curated marketplace for the true automotive enthusiast, showcasing rare collectables, historic automobilia, art and literature, as well as luxury items, technological tools and auto parts. The schedule for RetroAuto will mirror that of the classic car expo.
The Inn at Spanish Bay and The Lodge at Pebble Beach are both situated along the famed 17-Mile Drive in Del Monte Forest with the Pacific Ocean as backdrop. As part of the new event layout and schedule, a cable car shuttle will be introduced to transport guests from one resort to the other Thursday through Saturday.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance began in tandem with the Pebble Beach Road Races back in 1950. When the winding roads of Del Monte Forest proved too dangerous, Laguna Seca was built to host those races, and schedules soon diverged. For years the Pebble Beach Concours was on its own. It wasn’t until 1974 that historic races were once again paired with the concours, but in recent decades automotive events surrounding the Concours — whether directly or indirectly tied to it — have multiplied in dramatic fashion.
Visit www.pebblebeachconcours.net for additional information about the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and to purchase tickets for the event.