If you consider yourself to be a car person then you have heard of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Whether you are a fan of the classics or looking to see what the future holds, you can find it in Monterey each year. Maybe next year I will make the trip, but for now I must rely on the coverage by various auto magazines and blogs. There were plenty of great stories and pictures to drool over from this years events which took place last weekend in Monterey, CA. Following are a few highlights which I found on AutoBlog.

1) The Classic Car Races

Porsche was named the marque brand for this years event so they managed to assemble an impressive list of 145 vintage Porsche race cars to race around the Laguna Seca track. I sure would be nervous driving one of these pieces of art around a track with so many others, but luckily this race was clean. A certain Ferrari driver in another race was not so lucky as you will see below….

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2) The Classic Car Groups

The event brings thousands of cars from all different eras. Luckily, they organize many different groupings, bringing rare cars of the same breed together which multiplies their awesomeness. The grouping below consists of 10 Ferrari Barchettas (nick named “little boat” for good reason). What is so amazing about this grouping is the fact that only 25 Barchettas were produced in the late 40s and 10 of those are gathered in perfect condition some 60 years later at Pebble.

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Pictured above is a rare grouping of Bentley race cars dating back to 1922. The gathering of these Bentleys was the largest grouping of historic Bentleys ever to be assembled.

3) The New Kids On The Block…

The concept lawn at Pebble this year showcased not only cars from the future but a few recently unveiled production cars as well. Leading the pack in this picture is the new Bugatti Veyron Sang Bleu edition followed by my personal favorite, the Audi R8 V10. The rest of the pack included the Infiniti Essence, Mercedes SLR McLaren Stirling Moss, Bertone Mantide, SMS Challenger 570, 2010 Lotus Evora, Fsker Karma Sunset, Spyker Aileron Spyder, Iconic rolling chassis, 2010 Jaguar XJ, Devon GTX, 2010 Morgan Aero SuperSports, Rolls-Royce 200EX, Lincoln Concept C and the Aston Martin One-77.

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4) The $8 million Ferrari That Came In A Little Hot….

One of the biggest stories to come out of Pebble this weekend was this little Ferrari mishap. When you race vintage cars, you usually take it very easy but every once in a while, one gets loose and some damage occurs. When it happens to a very rare Ferrari that is reportedly worth $8 million, it is extra tough to watch. Well it was worth $8 million before the weekend that is……

This Ferrari is a famed 250 Testa Rossa which was only 1 of 34 built between 1956 and 1961, with only 2 race models having been produced. The only other existing 250 TR that is a better example of this one sold for $12.2 million this May making it the most expensive car ever sold.

With that being said, you can now imagine what is coming out of the drivers mouth as he goes airborne into a tire wall……

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5) Last But Not Least……The Best Of Show

With over 200 immaculate cars for the judges to choose from, they chose a 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet as Best Of Show. Although I have never seen or heard of one of these before, I did recognize the badge that adorned its grill. Yup, it’s the same Audi badge that is still kicking today. According to AutoBlog, “August Horch had worked with Karl Benz back in the infancy of the automobile before leaving to form his own company, August Horch & Cie in 1899. Ten years later he bolted from his namesake firm to start up Audi.”

This winning car is owned by Robert M. Lee of Sparks, NV who is no stranger to the Concours or the Best of Show award. The restoration of this Horch took 5 years but as you can see it paid off.

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For more coverage and pictures from these great events check out AutoBlog.

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