Pebble Beach Concours Gallery

It was my first time at the Pebble Beach Concours, the most prestigious automotive gathering in the world. With only one day, and knowing nothing about any of the logistics involved in just being a spectator, I threw myself into it all just hoping to not embarrass myself. The word “overwhelming” doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the feeling I had being at this hallowed event for the first time

I walked in, seeing all of the manufacturers booths: Infiniti, Cadillac, Tesla, Kia….Kia? Then Ferrari, Lamborghini, BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, etc. Then came Concept Lawn, Which apparently by standards set in previous years, was fairly anemic. The BMW CSL Hommage was definitely more striking in person than in photos.

Walking into the main lawn was just what I expected. I saw many cars I had only read about, but i also saw cars I had never heard of. Swallow Sidecar, duPont, Isotta Fraschini. I did everything I could to study the differences between these cars, and listen to any and all stories I could. Really the stories which are attached to these cars is in large part what makes them valuable. There was an Abarth Ghia which was restored by its owner in Calgary, in a one-car garage during the cold winters in Canada. Those kinds of stories are much more impressive to me than hearing about a billionaire hiring Pininfarina to restore his vintage Ferrari (although I would still drool at the Ferrari for an hour).

It was also incredibly heartening to discover that they recognized 50s Kustom Mercuries this year. The fact that people took these relatively mundane cars home from the dealership, chopped them up, and created cars just as beautiful as any coach built cars in Europe speaks volumes for American ingenuity, determination and bravado.

If I had it to do all over again, I would spend more time in Monterey during the week, but the Concours wasn’t all that bad. Here is a gallery of photos I took during my time there. Let us know what you think, and if you have a favorite, leave it in the comments.

About Jerry Horton 35 Articles
I'm not going to pretend someone is writing a bio for me. Here I am. For those who don't know, I play guitar in Papa Roach. Since before I started dreaming of being a rockstar, I was dreaming about cars. My dad made me this way. Before I was born, he had a green 1972 Camaro. He did autocross when I was too young to know what was going on, and when I got a little older, he built a VW Beetle by himself in the carport. We would go to drag races in that car, and he would take down Mustangs and Camaros, much to their astonishment and horror. He took me to Top Fuel drag races in Sonoma, local drags at Sacramento Raceway, and I loved it. I was hooked. When it came time for me to get a car, he asked me if I wanted something older that we could work on, or something newer that would be a little more reliable. I told him I'd like an older car, and he said he found a 62 Chevy Nova with a 350. I was obviously excited, and 2 days later, he told me he had reconsidered. He said it was too much power for me, and ended up getting me a 1987 Mustang. 4 cylinder. I was extremely disappointed, and didn't want to talk to him for a while, but in the end it was the right decision. I drove that thing like an idiot, and ended up getting in 5 accidents (One was my fault). Fast-forward to the year 2000, and our first major record blows up, which allows me to get my dream car. The Dodge Viper. At the time it came out, the Viper was viewed as the modern-day Cobra; a motor with wheels. It scared the crap out of me, but over the years, I was able to show it respect, and get a lot out of it. Now, here we are. I created DriveKulture initially because the guys in my band aren't car guys. I needed an outlet; a place to share my ideas and opinions about new cars, sports cars, and kustom cars (yes that's custom with a "K"). I now see DriveKulture as not only a place where my car friends and I can interact, but also as a place for education. For a long time, I had pre-conceived notions about certain cars, and couldn't understand why someone would want them. In reading articles and talking with owners, I can see that they have slightly different tastes than I do, but their passion for cars are the same. I want to expose people to different types of cars, and try and convey what makes these different kinds of cars great. Welcome to DriveKulture.

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