By Amos Kwon
on 8.25.14
Photo by Amos Kwon

There’s no place on earth like the Pebble Beach’s Concours d’Elegance. The cars on display at the world-renowned automotive festival are some of the finest and rarest feats of engineering and design the world has ever seen — and that’s just the parking lot. When you walk past a late ’50s Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta parked next to a 275 GTB/4 in spectator parking, you know it’s going to be one seriously good show.

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As illustrious as the guests’ vehicles were, the cars on display at the Quail and at the Concours d’Elegance surpassed description: new models from Bentley, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Lamborghini and Aston Martin at the Quail Lodge bordered the inner sanctum of historic cars like a pristine British Racing Jaguar XK120 with perforated heat shield side exhausts, and a deep blue Lamborghini Miura that looked like it had been carved from mana.

But believe it or not, the event is about more than just cars: it’s about the people who love, drive and race them, and they are as varied as the wheeled idols on the 18th hole of Pebble Beach. From little boys whose eyes open full aperture at the sight of an emerald green McLaren P1 to racing legends like Jackie Stewart and Derek Bell, everyone comes to marvel, reminisce and create new memories. The cars at Pebble Beach are an opportunity for all show spectators and participants to enjoy a moment when time stands still, all for the appreciation of the wonderful tie that binds: motoring in all its legendary glory.

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