Preparations for the Pebble Beach Concours are a year-long process and start the day after the Best of Show has been crowned. The organizers are working hard to make next year's show one of the best ever, and have already announced that Bugatti and Bentley will be the featured marques, with Zagato designs, and the 100th anniversary of Morgan and Audi also highlighted. Bugatti was last featured in 2003 and has the largest number of best of show winners of any make, with a total of nine. Entry forms were mailed out a few months early in an effort to bring out the best field of cars possible, and if history is anything to go by, the selection of cars will be nothing less than impressive. Full details in the press release after the jump.

  • 1935 Hispano Suiza H6 Labourdette Skiff
  • Lancia D24 Pininfarina Spyder
  • Lancia D24 Pininfarina Spyder
  • 1955 Lancia-Nardi Blue Ray II
  • 1955 Lancia-Nardi Blue Ray II
  • 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
  • 1996 Lamborghini Raptor Zagato
  • 1955 Maserati 200 si
  • 1953 Swandean Spitfire Special Race Car
  • 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Tourenwagen
  • Jay Leno's 1953 Chrysler Tank Car
  • Jay Leno's 1953 Chrysler Tank Car
  • 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Scaglietti Spyder Series II
  • 1950 Ferrari 195 Inter Berlinetta Touring
  • 1965 Lamborghini 3500 GTZ Zagato
  • 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype
  • 1906 Queen Model K Touring
  • 1928 Mercedes-Benz S Armbruster Cabriolet
  • General Motors Woodies Class
  • 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Touren Wagen
  • 1948 Buick Roadmaster Hercules Estate Wagon
  • 1938 Buick Y-Job Concept
  • 1937 Horch 853 Cabriolet
  • 1951 Buick LeSabre
  • 1972 Ferrari 312 PB Spyder
  • 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti Spyder California
  • Mercedes-Benz Pre War Class
  • 1952 Lancia Aurelia B53 Giardenetta
  • 1955 Ghia Gilda
  • 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Prototype Bertone Coupe
  • 1969 Ferrari 312 P
  • 1930 Cadillac V16 452 Convertible Coupe
  • 1935 Hispano Suiza H6 Labourdette Skiff
  • Mercedes-Benz Pre War Class
  • 1963 Ferrari 330 LMB
  • 1969 Ferrari 312 P
  • 1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 Prototype
  • 1964 Lamborghini 350GT Touring Production Prototype
  • 1907 Thomas Flyer Model 35
  • 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina Cabriolet Series 1
  • Ferrari Grand Touring Class
  • 1948 Porsche 356 Roadster Prototype
  • 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV Bertone Prototype
  • 1990 Lamborghini P140 Concept
  • 1968 Lamborghini Miura Bertone Roadster
  • 1968 Lamborghini Miura Bertone Roadster
  • 2005 Lamborghini Concept S
  • 1971 Iso Grifo Cam-Am
  • 1953 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster
  • 1966 Bizzarrini Strada
  • 1966 Bizzarrini Strada
  • 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Spyder California Competizione
  • Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Spyder California
  • Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • 1953 Cadillac LeMans
  • 1954 Firebird I XP21
  • 1954 Firebird II
  • 1956 Firebird II Titanium
  • 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic
  • 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale Coupe
  • 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Scaglietti Spyder Series II
  • 1938 Cadillac V16 Series 90 Fleetwood Convertible Sedan
  • Cadillac V16 Class
  • Cadillac V16 Class
  • American Classic Open Packard Class
  • Cadillac V16 Class
  • Cadillac V16 Class
  • Cadillac V16 Class
  • Cadillac V16 Class
  • 1956 Kurtis KK500G2
  • 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Freestone & Webb Sedanca
  • 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Brewster Henky Roadster
  • 1911 Rambler Model 65 7-Passenger Touring
  • 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Freestone & Webb Sedanca
  • 1972 Ferrari 312 PB Spyder
  • 1968 Lamborghini Miura Bertone Roadster
  • 1953 Chevrolet Corvette EX122 Prototype
  • 1953 Swandean Spitfire Special Race Car
  • 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder
  • 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
  • 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
  • 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta
  • 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta


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PRESS RELEASE:

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2008) – The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is already accepting entry applications for the 59th annual show to be held on Sunday, August 16, 2009. Entry forms were mailed out last week, and all completed forms are due back to the Concours by January 7, 2009 - two full months earlier than in previous years.

"The earlier time frame allows our Selection Committee to put together the very best field," says Concours Chairman Sandra Kasky Button. "By verifying and then confirming our field of entries as soon as possible, it will also be easier for our entrants – especially those outside the United States – to fully prepare and ship their vehicles. The number of applicants and participants from outside the United States continues to increase demonstrating that the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has truly become 'the world's concours,' and we want to provide everybody with the time they need to get ready for this great competition."

Entry forms were mailed to past participants and interested enthusiasts who had previously requested them. Other car collectors interested in receiving an application are invited to send an email describing their car to Entrant Relations Manager Sean Jacobs at sjacobs@pebblebeachconcours.net. Most entrants will be notified in early spring if their cars were accepted or declined, with the balance of entries notified soon thereafter.

Bugatti and Bentley will be the featured marques for the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The Concours will also celebrate the centennials of Morgan and Audi and will highlight the designs of Zagato. The complete list of show classes and additional entrant information are available online at
www.pebblebeachconcours.net/pages/3008/entrant_info.htm.

Here's the schedule for 2009 Pebble Beach Automotive Week events:
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance – Sunday, August 16
Pebble Beach Motoring Classic - Monday, August 3 through Wednesday, August 12
Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance presented by Rolex – Thursday, August 13
Pebble Beach RetroAuto – Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16
Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding & Company – Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16

First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® (www.pebblebeachconcours.net) has grown to become the world's premier celebration of the automobile. Only the most beautiful and rare cars are invited to appear on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®, and connoisseurs of art and style flock to see these masterpieces. Charitable donations raised by the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® now total over $11 million. Related events include the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance™ presented by Rolex, Pebble Beach RetroAuto™, and the Pebble Beach® Auction presented by Gooding & Company.

Pebble Beach®, Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance™, and Pebble Beach RetroAuto™ are trademarks, service marks and trade dress of Pebble Beach Company. All rights reserved.

Pebble Beach Company, headquartered in Pebble Beach, Calif., owns and operates the world-famous Pebble Beach Resorts®, including The Lodge at Pebble Beach™, The Inn at Spanish Bay™ and Casa Palmero®. The company also operates four renowned golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Spyglass Hill® Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay™ and Del Monte™ Golf Course. Its other famed properties include the scenic 17-Mile Drive® and The Spa at Pebble Beach™. In addition to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, Pebble Beach Resorts® annually hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, The Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational. Pebble Beach Golf Links® has hosted four U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, one PGA Championship, and will host its fifth U.S. Open in 2010. For reservations or more information please call (800) 654-9300 or visit the Website at www.pebblebeach.com.


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