“My heart goes out to all of the people who are involved in the Pebble Beach Concours and who are impacted by this decision. Many of our entrants have been working on a special car for years, and this was to be their moment. Some of our overseas entrants were nearing the point of putting their cars on boats and planes, and their own travel arrangements have long been made. The same is true for many of our international cadre of judges.”
—Concours Chairman Sandra Button
“For true car enthusiasts, the dog days of summer ultimately conclude with a pilgrimage to Northern California. Since its inception in 1950, Pebble Beach has evolved into a sacred week-long event. This venerable show occurs annually during the third week of August and culminates on Sunday afternoon at the famous 18th-hole of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Champagne flows and confetti flies as the finest cars from around the world are awarded ribbons in front of the grand clubhouse.”
—Philip E. Richter, Turtle Garage
The organizers of the venerable Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event. This was to be the 70th anniversary celebration of the “Grand Poobah” of all car shows. Turtle Garage started attending Pebble Beach several years ago and last year we were asked to speak at the Sports Car Market Insider’s Seminar. The show is a spectacle and involves an entire week of events and specialty shows leading up to Sunday’s spectacle on the fairway of the 18th hole at Pebble.
This difficult decision has significant economic implications for the collector car world and even the State of California. Thousands of participants and spectators attend from all over the world and cars are shipped to Monterey from far flung locations. The size and complexity of Monterey Car Week cannot be overstated. The long lead time logistics necessitated a go/no go decision in April for an event held in August. Hotels, car shippers, airlines, restaurants, auction houses, and many more service providers are all going to be negatively impacted by the cancellation of Pebble Beach. Management is pressing ahead for 2021 and the car collector world is now refocusing on next year.
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2020 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Cancelled due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (April 22, 2020) — Knowing that entrants, judges, volunteers and guests face ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance have decided to cancel the Show which was scheduled for August 16, 2020.
“My heart goes out to all of the people who are involved in the Pebble Beach Concours and who are impacted by this decision,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Many of our entrants have been working on a special car for years, and this was to be their moment. Some of our overseas entrants were nearing the point of putting their cars on boats and planes, and their own travel arrangements have long been made. The same is true for many of our international cadre of judges.”
“We thank all of the enthusiasts who have gathered at Pebble Beach time and again to renew long-standing friendships, celebrate great cars and give so generously to Concours charities — and who have already expressed their support for the coming celebration no matter the date.”
The car selection process for the 70th Pebble Beach Concours, which was scheduled for Sunday, August 16, 2020, was recently completed, and entrants were notified of their acceptance earlier this month. The acceptance letters stressed that these cars were invited to appear at the 70th celebration — even if it was delayed. With the cancellation of this year’s event, the 70th Pebble Beach Concours will now take place on Sunday, August 15, 2021.
Features will remain as planned, with a display of past Best of Show winners along the edge of Stillwater Cove, and special classes focusing on Pininfarina coachwork, Porsche 917, Talbot-Lago Grand Sport, Miller racing, Iso, Early Electrics and the Carrera Panamericana.
“Pebble Beach Company has been pleased to host this event since its beginning, and we look forward to hosting the 70th celebration in 2021,” said Company CEO William L. Perocchi. “This event does more than celebrate great cars; it benefits so many people in need. Ultimately, the continued health and safety of everyone associated with the Concours is our number one priority, which led us to this difficult decision. We recognize that cancelling the 2020 Event will be disappointing to many, although we are confident it is appropriate under these unique circumstances.”
All tickets purchased to date for the 70th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be valid for the event on Sunday, August 15, 2021. Ticket purchasers who cannot attend the 70th Concours on its new 2021 date, can request a refund by emailing email@example.com.
For more information on the Concours, go to www.pebblebeachconcours.net.
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