The features and special classes have been announced, and applications have been mailed to prospective entrants.
Applications are due back to the Concours office on January 9, and hopeful applicants can expect to learn their fate by April.
In the intervening weeks, every proposed car will be carefully vetted.
The 15-member Selection Committee then meets to share research and compare and contrast possible groupings.
Sometimes cars must be viewed in person or conflicting information resolved.
Only then do formal invitations go out to the cars that have been allotted one of those much-desired spots on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links.
“We want to do right by the cars that people are eager to bring to the Concours and share with others here,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button.
“Preparing a car and getting it to Pebble Beach—sometimes from as far as India or China or Australia—requires a great amount of time and effort.
So we feel it is important to put time and effort into researching and reviewing these cars as well as determining how best to group them. We want to be certain each car is truly celebrated when it is with us.”
Ms. Button is quick to stress that although cars must be invited to appear at the Concours, any enthusiast with a car they believe is truly worthy of the 18th fairway can ask that it be considered by sending a brief description of the car and one current photo to [email protected]
Enthusiasts with cars that the committee agrees to consider in greater depth will be sent a formal application. The Concours often considers as many as a dozen formal applications for each one of the 225 spots on the show field.
“Regrettably, each year we have to turn down many great cars,” said Button. “Sometimes they are not authentically preserved or restored. Sometimes it’s just not the right year for them—they don’t fit with our planned features and classes—and we hope the owner will offer them soon again. And sometimes we simply don’t have the space for them.”
Features and special classes for the 2017 Concours include Isotta Fraschini, Castagna Coachwork, Ferrari One-off Spéciales, Ferrari Major Race Winners, American Dream Cars of the 1960s, and Jaguars with Custom Coachwork.
2017 FEATURES & SPECIAL CLASSES
Isotta Fraschini, a luxury Italian marque whose fine long chassis rivaled Bugatti in the classic era, has won our top award three times.
Ferrari Major Race Winners
Ferrari, which turns 70 in 2017, made its name on the track, so we will be featuring some of the marque’s major race winners.
1960s American Dream Cars
This class will focus on dream cars like the Di Dia once owned by Bobby Darrin—cars built by talented individuals or small custom builders.
Carrozzeria Castagna, our featured coachbuilder, bodied many great Isotta Fraschini chassis, as well as chassis offered by other luxury marques.
Ferrari One-Off Spéciales
We will also be featuring some of the many beautiful hand-built one-off creations that have come to symbolize Ferrari.
Jaguar Custom Coachwork
While Jaguar factory bodies such as the XK120 and E-type are much loved, this year we plan to feature Jaguars with custom coachwork.
For a more complete listing of planned classes along with more information on the application process, go to the Entrants section of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance website at www.pebblebeachconcours.net.
Tickets to the 2017 event on August 20 can also be purchased via the website. The Pebble Beach Concours has raised more than $23 million for charity to date.
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