Pebble Beach accepting entries for 2017 concours d’elegance

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Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos
Cars undergo scrutiny even before the judges get their turn on the show field | Larry Edsall photos

Have a car you think would qualify to be showcased next summer at the 67th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance? You only have until January 9 to get your application into the selection committee.

After applications are received, cars are vetted and a selection committee includes 15 people meets to “share research and compare and contrast possible groupings,” the concours said in a news release, which noted that, “Sometimes cars must be viewed in person” as part of that vetting process. Any conflicting information also must be resolved.

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Once cars are vetted and approved by the selection committee, a “formal application” is sent to the car owner for additional consideration before cars are invited to take part in the event.

Pebble Beach’s news release said as many as 12 cars are considered for each of the 225 places on the show field.

“Regrettably, each year we have to turn down many great cars,” Button said. “Sometimes they are not authentically preserved or restored. Sometimes it’s just not the right year for them; they don’t fit with our planned features and classes. And sometimes we simply don’t have space for them.”

For the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours, in addition to the usual classes, featured and special classes will be Isotta Fraschini, Carrozzeria Castagna, Ferrari One-off Speciales, Ferrari Major Race Winners, American Dream Cars of the 1960s, and Jaguars with Custom Coachwork.

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The concours takes place August 20, 2017. More information on the classes and applications are available at the Pebble Beach website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.