• Aug 17, 2009
2009 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - Click above for high-res image gallery

Since it was first held way back in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has developed into the world's greatest celebration of classic automobiles. Like they say at the Emmies, it's an honor just to be nominated. That definitely holds true at Pebble as well, as only the most beautiful and rare cars are invited to participate. That's probably why they had competitors coming in from 30 states and 19 different countries, including Hong Kong, Argentina and Australia. Altogether there were about 200 vehicles in 28 classes in this year's field.

While the 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet that won "Best of Show" at the 59th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance seemed far and away the most beautiful car at the event, that didn't keep us from noticing about 200 other incredible vehicles parked around it on the 18th fairway at Pebble on Sunday.

And Pebble is about way more than just the car show. There are dozens of supporting causes and attractions around the Lodge and Links, with proceeds from the various raffles, auctions, sponsorships and gate receipts generating more than $1 million for charity again this year. One of the most entertaining charity events every year is Jay Leno's stage appearance, where he helps raise money through various live auctions. This year he helped California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sell his signed bomber jacket for a whopping $30,000.

The cars at Pebble are grouped in classes, with several featured marques and themes every year. This year there were special displays honoring Bentley (which also had the biggest representation in the field), Zagato, and the centennials of Bugatti, Audi and Morgan. Motorcycles were also displayed for the first time this year. The class consisted of British bikes built through 1959. Other highlights were a special gathering of Ferrari TR59s and 166 Barchettas, Silver Arrow race cars, Stirling Moss race cars to celebrate that legendary driver's 80th birthday, and even a Porsche class that included a 917 and a 908/03 Spyder owned by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. It was another great year, and we can hardly wait for that third Sunday in August 2010, when Alfa Romeo and Pierce-Arrow will be among the makes honored. Until then, please enjoy our gallery of images from the 59th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Ferrari TR59s Auto Union Type D Jerry Seinfeld driving his award-winning Porsche 908/03 Spyder Bentleys 1949 Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe 1914 Stellite Two Seater 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet 1932 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Binder Coupe De Ville 1955 Jaguar D-Type Ferrari TR59 Fantuzzi Spyder Ferrari TR59 Fantuzzi Spyder Ferrari TR59 Fantuzzi Spyder Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta 1930 Bentley Speed Six "Old Number 2" Vanden Plas Tourer 1929 Bentley Speed Six "Old Number 1" Gurney Nutting Two Seater 1928 Bentley 4-1/2 Liter Vanden Plas Le Mans Sports 1939 Horch 930V Offener Tourenwagon (r) and 1939 Horch 835A Glaser Cabriolet (l) 1931 Bugatti Type 54 Grand Prix (r) and Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Figoni & Falaschi Coupe 1922 Bentley 3 Liter Park Ward 1930 Duesenberg J Hibbard & Darrin Convertible Victoria Class O-1 Postwar Sports 2003 Bentley Speed 8 Le Mans Bentleys 1929 Bentley 4-1/2 Litre Single Seater "Birkin Blower 1" 1930 Bentley Speed Six "Old Number 3" Vanden Plas Tourer 1938 Bentley 4-1/4 Litre "Embericos" Pourtout Coupe 1939 Auto Union D-Type Grand Prix Single Seater 1939 Mercedes-Benz W154 Grand Prix 1938 Wanderer Streamline Special Ferrari TR59s 1936 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux 1957 A.J. Watson Monza 500 Roadster Bentleys Ferrari 166 MM Touring Barchetta 2009 Morgan LIFECar Coupe Stirling Moss birthday cake and 1955 Osca MT4 Morelli Spider Class V Open Wheel Race Cars Class C-5: Packard Vee-Windshield Dietrich 1964 AC Cobra 289 Roadster 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Berlinetta 1957 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Zagato Berlinetta 1957 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe 1958 Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Drop Class O-2 Postwar Touring 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Bertelli of Feltham Cabriolet Class E-2: Bugatti Type 57 Special Coachwork 1954 A.J.S. E-95 "Porcupine" 1953 Matchless G45 Class F-3: Bentley Team and Race Cars Class F-3: Bentley Team and Race Cars 1953 Siata 208CS Stabilimenti Farina Spyder Class E-1: Bugatti - 100 Years of style and speed 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Figoni et Falaschi Coupe Bentley H.J. Mulliner Drophead Coupes 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Bugatti GP car being positioned Class Q: Audi - 100 Years of Excellence 1941 Chrysler LeBaron Newport Preservation Class 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder 1957 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe 1953 Siata 208CS Stabilimenti Farina Spyder 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe 1941 Chrysler LeBaron Thunderbolt 1984 Porsche 962C Group C Bugatti being prepped for judging Bugatti Type 35 GP 1941 Chrysler LeBaron Thunderbolt Slide-out seat on the 1921 Paige Model 6-66 Daytona Speedster 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe 1957 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante Coupe 1929 Bentley gets award 1929 Bentley 4-1/2 Litre Single Seater "Birkin Blower 1" Talbot-Lago getting award 1939 Auto Union D-Type 1957 Bardahl Indy Roadster 1947 Vincent-HRD Series B Rapide Special "Gunga Din" Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jay Leno at the 59th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2010 Bentley Mulsanne 1937 Horch wins Best of Show at 59th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 1937 Horch wins Best of Show at 59th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance1937 Horch wins Best of Show at 59th Pebble Beach Concours 1937 Horch wins Best of Show at 59th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 1937 Horch wins Best of Show at 59th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Traffic jam leaving Pebble Prius passes Ferrari race car It's only faster if it's runnin'

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone know what the Blue on Blue car is behind the 1958 Bentley S1 Continental Park Ward Drop in photo #49?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nothing like a little salty sea air for that old metal...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh look, the governator was there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like most gearheads, I pride myself on being able to identify just about any car made during my lifetime. This does not include most of the cars exhibited at Pebble, Monterey, Meadow Brook, et al.

      Would it be too much to ask that photos of these cars be accompanied by a one-line description telling readers what we are looking at?
        • 5 Years Ago
        the old gallery system had little captions at least saying what kind of car is in the picture. I am very interested as to what some of these cars are but am now left to figure it out on my own. But wow what beautiful cars! I hope to go to the show someday, it's amazing.