Autoblog at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Got back from Pebble last night and apparently needed 18 hours of sleep to get back amongst the living. Sorry for the delay. Here's a recap of the Main Event from this great week. Needed a 4:30 wake up call on Sunday for the 35 minute drive to the Equestrian Center at Pebble. Best part of getting there that early isn't the fact that you can park pretty much anywhere you want, it's the free stuff they give you for sharing their insanity. Patrol hats, coffee and donuts at dawn await anybody who shows up before six when the cars start driving in and take their carefully plotted spots on the Links.

The rest of the story and tons more photos of the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance after the jump...


First we watched several cars entering the ring...

...some of them with a bit more flair than their owners had hoped.

Afterwards we headed up the 18th fairway to get some shots of the cars before the throngs arrived and began cataloguing the whole 175-car field before heading out to absorb some of the atmosphere around the main event.

Spyker, M-B, Tesla, Fisker and Ferrari had special display areas, as did some of the stars of the most recent auto shows and salons from around the globe. Even the parking lots offered tons of rewards for exotic car lovers.

Around 1 it was time to get in position for the marathon awards presentations. With some minor changes to the roping and spectator seating areas, photogs were left to fend for themselves having to stand and shoot right in front of the seated VIPs in the café area at the end of the awards ramp.

"VIP" will from here-on-in be known as Verbally Insulting Pricks when we think of Pebble. We're really glad lemon wedges don't leave stains. Actor and car aficionado Ed Herrmann and comedian Jay Leno handled the emcee duties, with Leno awarding several raffle prizes and raising $33,000 for charity by auctioning off six VIP trips for four to visit his show and garage at $5,500 a pop.

I checked and it wasn't in the Autoblog budget to spend $5,500 on an afternoon with Jay.

Besides Delahaye and Voisin, this year's show featured "Cars that Raced in the Del Monte Forest," the classic Pebble Beach Road Races held from 1950 to 1956.

Touchingly, legendary American racer Phil Hill even ambled out to greet The Flying Shingle MG that won one of these races back in the day, and received a special award on Sunday.

After more than 3 hours of awards, the big moment came and went with a bang. Best of Show went to Bob Lee's 1931 Daimler Double-Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupe. More about this car coming soon.

And just like that people were starting to plan for 2007. Pretty cool to exit the show and board the shuttles while the contestants filed out and drove over to the truck parking lot at the Equestrian Center.

Below you'll find a few final memories of a very long but fun day. Enjoy the images, and they're all high-resolution, so click away.

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