WristWatch Magazine - Page 70

m MOTORSPORTS Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance T he central event of the Monterey Classic Car Week is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, arguably the most prestigious classic car competition in the world. Held on the 18th fairway of one of golf’s most breathtaking holes, nestled along a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it is the gathering point of the crème de la crème of vintage and collectible automobiles. Rolex is a main sponsor of the Concours d’Elegance, a natural fit given the rather obvious synergies between collectible cars and collectible watches. Winners at each Pebble Beach Concours are chosen from among a range of classes, with a handful of cars nominated for the most prestigious award, Best of Show. This year, those nominees were a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton owned by Doug Magee Jr. of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire; a 1937 68 WRISTWATCH | 2016 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet owned by Sam & Emily Mann, of Englewood, New Jersey; and a 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupé owned by Grant Kinzel of Calgary Alberta. The winner, however, was a masterfully restored 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F. R amseier & Cie Worblaufen Cabriolet owned by Jim Patterson/The Patterson Collection, of Louisville, Kentucky. We were privileged to have Rolex ambassador and Formula 1 Champion Sir Jackie Stewart lead a tour of the cars assembled for the competition, which included a fleet of Shelby Mustangs outfitted in white and blue racing livery, Mercedes racecars from the 1930s and beyond, and the very car driven by James Dean in the classic film Rebel Without A Cause.