In terms of high dollar automobiles, nothing comes close to the renown Concours d'Elegance of Pebble Beach, California. Some say that this show/auction is the place to be if you're anyone in the auto or classic car collector industry. Most of the cars there have little to do with anything we in the 4-wheeling world would find interesting. At least that is what I thought for years as I ignored the event most of my life while growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Boy, have I missed out!
It was three days of non-stop begging from my girlfriend's 12 year old son that made me cave-in and take the short trip out to the "car show of all car shows". Just driving in I was amazed with all the exotic rides lining the streets of Pebble Beach. Once at the event site, I felt as though I'd stumbled into the exclusive meeting of the million dollar ride club.
If you know me, you know I don't get very excited about a vehicle with less than 20-inches of suspension travel. I guess it was the plethora of Porsche, Ferrari, Bugatti's and Lamborghini's that made me realize how cool cars can actually be. It took us over an hour of oohing and aawing at high polish paint jobs before my 12 year old navigator and exotic car expert and I got to the front gate exit. Much to our dismay, tickets for the event were priced at $175 each. So I nixed the idea of dropping that kind of cash for a afternoon of entertainment. However just as we started our exit towards the parking lot, a threesome of volunteers offered to sell us their badges for $20 each. I couldn't resists.
Inside, old classic cars were being shown off in front of a large crowd of people. It reminded me of a high society day on the green, except the members of this particular society were all car buffs.
To a 12 year old it was a dream come true, to me it was a interesting look at the other side of the automotive world, one I rarely encounter.
Here are some of the cooler things I noticed at the Concourse.
This Battery powered dirt bike caught my eye. I plan to test this product some time very soon for Bed Toys. It goes 55 mph, lasts for 2 hours and has a ton of power. Did I forget to mention silent operation?
I caught this massive truck on the outside of the show. It was owned by some movie star, at least that is what I overheard some folks saying as it went by the exit of the show.
One thing is for sure, it was BIG!
This supercharged LS 9 gave us some ideas for the Mega Titan....
We were blown away when we noticed 5 Bugatti Veyrons parked near the front of the Concourse. These 200+ MPH super cars go for 2 million each, we were speechless, with drool.