Concours Morning 2014

 Late at 7:00 am by most standards, I walked onto that famed 18th green as the last cars were making it in.  It was Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance morning and the place was already abuzz. Photographers were trying to get those perfect shots of the perfect car and all the metal was getting a last minute polish before the judging started. Here are some of my favorite cars and motorcycles long before the crowd packed in and anyone drove over the ramp. I’m sure you’ll notice the Ferrari’s were at the top of my list. Thanks for looking. – Grant

 

Ed Helms would not stop following me.

 

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People and Automobiles of the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

While I was unable to attend the festivities of Monterey Car Week due to the birth of my second son, my photographer, Mickey Wardlaw, did an excellent job of capturing some moments from the 2013 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance and Concours d’Elegance. I hope you enjoy. – Grant

 

Does this car have Bluetooth?

 

Yes, it's the Keno Brothers with their heads in a bonnet.

 

 

Is that Paula Dean?

 

 

 

 

Anyone have a spare?

 

 

 

Photo credits to Mickey Wardlaw.

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2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Photo Gallery

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  Automotive treasures from around the world packed the 18th Fairway for the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This was the 62nd Concours and featured Saoutchik Coachwork, Cars of the Maharajas, the Mercer marque as well as AC and Shelby Cobras. Nothing … Continue reading

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Motorcycles of the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Don’t forgot the Motorcycles! This was the third year motorcycles were shown on the 18th fairway during the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours. The 62nd Concours featured a German Motorcycles Class.

 

This has to be one of the most stunning motorcycles I’ve ever seen and the pictures truly don’t do it justice. This 800CC BMW R7 prototype won First In Class. The bike is the only one in the world and part of the BMW Group Classic collection.

Admiring the 1934 BMW R7.

Front view of the BMW R7

 

The Daimler Reitwagen, meaning “riding wagon”, is considered the world’s first motorcycle with an internal combustion engine.

1886 Daimler Reitwagen

 

This Imme R100 received a green ribbon for making the 60-mile Tour d’Elegance a few days prior.

1950 Imme R100

 

The Opel was having brief starting troubles early in the morning before the judges made their rounds. It’s never fun when your antique bike won’t start and I could feel the owner’s nervousness.

1930 Opel Motoclub Model T

1894 Hildebrand & Wolfmüller

1965 DKW Hummel 155

1923 BMW R32

1968 Munch Mammoth

1951 NSU Konsul II 501 OS-T

 

This is a strange one. The 1922 Megola Touring has a five-cylinder, 640cc radial engine which drives the front axle directly. It’s started by pushing it or rotating the front wheel while the bike is on the stand.

1922 Megola Touring

The motor, front wheel, and gas tank of the 1922 Megola.

1953 Adler M250 at the start of the Tour d'Elegance.

 

This 1954 BMW R68 just came off the stage after receiving the Second in Class award. Sir Wheelsy thought his motoring attire was quite dashing.

1954 BMW R68

 

Lastly,another shot of the BMW R7. Here is Klaus Kutscher in action after receiving the First In Class award. – Grant Griffin

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Poster Giveaway!

As we countdown the days to this year’s Monterey Car Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance I thought we would have a special Sir Wheelsy contest for the Pebble Beach collectible. I’ve been asked to sell mine on the flight home and have the 2008 edition framed in my son’s room.

The official posters are coveted now and will be priceless in 60 years.

To enter,  ”like” the Sir Wheelsy Facebook Page. Share this post or one of the Poster links on the Page if you already “like” us.  Links to the Facebook Page and Share boxes are at the bottom of the page,  the right side of the home page, or here.

The prize  will be one of the limited 2012 official Posters. The more people who “like” the page, the more I can give away. I’ll have a team of accountants working around the clock to make sure this goes smooth.

 

 

 

Watch the Sir Wheelsy Facebook Page for updates on Car Week events and thank you for supporting Sir Wheelsy.           -Grant Griffin

The 2012 posters:

The 2012 Concours d'Elegance poster. Copyright © 2012 Pebble Beach Company

 

The tradition of creating these posters dates back more than 60 years to the first Pebble Beach Road Race and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held in 1950.  Car  enthusiasts have long delighted in the automotive elegance captured in these works of art. Coachwork by Jacques Saoutchik is among this year’s features, so the main 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance poster displays highly regarded automotive artist Jay Koka’s stunning image of William “Chip” Connor’s Saoutchik-bodied 1936 Hispano-Suiza J12 Cabriolet posed in front of The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Koka is a member of the prestigious Automotive Fine Arts Society.

The 2012 Tour d'Elegance poster. Copyright © 2012 Pebble Beach Company

The 2012 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance poster, painted by renowned artist Barry Rowe, depicts the excitement of early road races with an image that features Bruce and Jolene McCaw’s 1908 Benz Prince Heinrich Two Seat Race Car speeding past another car (a Stutz) near Bixby Bridge in Big Sur. Like Koka, he is a member of the AFAS.

My favorite, the RetroAuto poster. Copyright © 2012 Pebble Beach Company

The 2012 Pebble Beach RetroAuto poster, by Tim Layzell, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the AC (Shelby) Cobra, created when the legendary Carroll Shelby paired an AC Ace with a Ford V8.

A big thanks to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the information and the photos of this year’s posters.

 

 

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Cadillac Ciel Concept Unveiling

I attended the world premier of the Cadillac Ciel at Clint Eastwood’s Tehama Golf Club on Aug 18, 2011. First new automobile (be it a concept) I’ve ever seen by Cadillac that was breathtaking. Very stylish throwback to the old days of convertible Cadillacs, complete with four suicide doors. There was some lively dinner conversation after the unveiling whether the Ciel will ever be a production car or not. I had a great time talking to automobile photographer Ryland Scott too. Cadillac hosted an excellent event.

I’ll apologize for the poor pictures. I’m sure I was the only person to forget the camera for a concept car release. I was able to snap these photos with my phone and managed to get them on the Facebook before MotorTrend, NY Times Wheels Blog ,and the Wall Street Journal could get the Ciel on their sites. Click on their links to see their articles.

It was a mob scene when the media folks from around the world were allowed to get close and ask questions.

Thank You, Cadillac, for the invitation as well creating something new and exciting.

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61st Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

 

Motorists once again flocked to Monterey and Carmel, California for this year’s Auto Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last August.

It was truly amazing to see cars of this caliber drive the Tour d’elegance on Thursday and then spit-shined on the 18th hole of Pebble Beach on Sunday. Auto Week has to be one of the only places in the world where a brand new Ferrari is quite borring compared to a real Shelby Cobra or Bugatti Veyron that’s parked next to it on the street.  Here are some of my favorite photos:

1960 Plymouth XNR Ghia Roadster Concept on the Tour d'Elegance.

The back side of the Plymouth Concept from the Concours. It won the Gran Turismo trophy.

Mercedes-Benz 300SL on a MB Transporter

 

The obligatory shot of Mr. Leno.

UPDATE: The person standing in my frame is the photographer from Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine. There is a similar shot published in the December 2011 issue and can be seen here with the rest of their slideshow of the Concours.

The shot courtesy of Hemmings:

 

I walked around all day with a goofy grin.

Unrestored 1937 Frazer Nash-BMW 328.

1963 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

1937 Talbot-Lago T150-SS Figoni & Falaschi Coupe

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Mayfair Special

1923 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia Lavocat et Marsaud

Twenty-two of the 36 Ferrari GTO's produced were on display.

A 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne owned by Peter and Merle Mullin of Los Angeles, California won Best of Show.

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