Pebble Beach; Automobile enthusiasts and collectors crowded the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, California on 26th August 2018, Sunday for Monterey Car Week’s premiere event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Car collectors from around the world showcased their cars at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
1927 Rolls- Royce Phantom II with coachwork by Windovers of London from the personal collection of His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh of Jodhpur won the special class, Motor Cars of the Raj Trophy
Interestingly, this Rolls – Royce Phantom II was specially ordered by His Highness Maharaja Umaid Singh for the carriage of the ladies of the family. It is in polished aluminium with many special features including blue purdah glass and fly screen in each door so that the ladies could not be seen, roof ventilators, inlaid marquetry to the rear. This Rolls Royce was recently dispalyed in the exhibition; Peacock in the Desert : Royal Arts of Jodhpur at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Significantly, this concours is the top-ranking collector car competition in the world, begun in 1950. It is also the event to which most other modern concours now trace their roots. Initially modeled on the early European concours that showcased new cars, the Pebble Beach Concours shifted its focus to collector cars in 1955—and other concours followed suit. It has also taken the lead by including racing greats and offering featured marques and special classes as early as 1953, introducing displays of dream cars and concepts in the 1980s, and instituting driving events and emphasizing the importance of preservation in the 1990s.
The concours d’elegance is not a contest of speed, but of elegance. Automobiles are judged for their style and technical merit, as well as their history, their originality and the accuracy of their preservation or restoration—and the best garner reward and recognition.