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On this Sunday morning, like every other year in August, in Pebble Beach, classic and legendary cars will emerge from a fog enshrouded forest that represents the density of history.

This year looks more kick-ass than in the past, do you agree?

Here are the classes for the 2015 Concours d’Elegance…

  • Ferrari
  • DuPont
  • Pope
  • Designs by Carrozzeria Touring
  • Postwar Cunninghams
  • Mercury Customs
  • British Prewar Sports Cars
  • Japanese Motorcycles

Ferrari is this year’s featured marque. A special class focuses on Ferrari that competed at Pebble Beach road races of the 1950s. This was a street competition that took drivers through the narrow, forested roads near the grounds of the current Concours. That hair-raising fun ended in 1956.

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When I think DuPont, I think “better living through chemistry” – but duPont also made a small range of high class vehicles in the 20s. The duPont cars were compared to Packard, Cadillac and even Duesenberg, and the likes of Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and Will Rogers were happy to own them.

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DuPont Sport Phaeton design featuring dual cowls, twin spare tires hung at the rear of the car, and graceful, sweeping lines. 

Pope began as a bicycle company, but then entered the adventurous brass era of cars. It’s “Toledo” won the world’s first 24-hour endurance race in – of all places – Columbus, Ohio.

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Pope car won Ansel Adams award 2008 at Pebble Beach

Leading the Lead Sled way for Mercury Customs is the Ultra Modern Merc, created over a decade by an energetic and visionary 20 year old entrepreneur, Leo Lyons.  He cajoled the Barris brothers and California Metal Shaping to help him out.  There are a lot of other cars in this one.  Aside from some exterior sheetmetal, Mercury provided the front windshield, wipers, and door handles.   And this is just the tip of the Mercury Customs iceberg.

Briggs Cunningham wanted nothing more than a victory at Le Mans in an American-built car of his own design.  He was willing to start anywhere, including with Cadillacs.  Backed by the meaty Swift family fortune, Cunningham campaigned cars bearing his name from 1951 through 1955.  The Revs Institute will enter a trio of his cars to stand before history.

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Cunningham C-6R at Le Mans in 1955

If you’re going, please add your observations and pictures on our Automotive-Art facebook page.

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