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Pebble Beach Concours charitable giving hits $25 million, Texas concours updates


A major milestone was passed this year by the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – total charitable giving has surpassed $25 million since the premier classic car event was founded in 1950.

That figure includes the $1.7 million donated during the August 2017 concours, which was distributed to local charities at the Pebble Beach Company Foundation’s annual charity luncheon held recently.

“We’re so glad that an event that brings great cars together can also bring help to people in need,” concours chairwoman Sandra Button said in a news release. “Our thanks go out to all of the many people and the many partners who have helped us reach this level of giving.”

Pebble Beach Concours charitable giving hits $25 million | ClassicCars
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The charity component of the Pebble Beach, California, concours traces back to the beginning, starting with program sales and an auction of the original poster art that raised $5,000 to $10,000. Concours donations surpassed the $100,000 mark in 1994, the $500,000 mark in 2000 and, for the past decade, often has exceed $1 million, according to the release.

The money comes from many sources, including concours participants, both entrants and judges, and event sponsors, who donate goods for drawings, auctions and awards. The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Pebble Beach Company, directs funds to more than 80 local non-profit programs and oversees the Phil Hill Scholarships.

The 2018 Pebble Beach Concours takes place August 26. For more information, visit the event website.

The Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, held each spring at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas, has announced the featured marques for the 23rd annual event May 5-6, 2018.

Special classes will be offered for the cars of Ferrari and Pierce-Arrow, as well as what should be a spectacular class simply called Super Cars. As always, the concours will feature antique wooden and vintage fiberglass boats along with the classic cars.

Pebble Beach Concours charitable giving hits $25 million | ClassicCars
Keels and Wheels mixes classic cars with vintage boats | Keels and Wheels Concours

The concours judging comprises 40 classes for cars and 20 classes for boats, with the watercraft judging sanctioned by the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

For more information, visit the event website.

Another Lone Star State event, the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, has announced the 2018 dates for its seventh annual show.

The three-day festival will take place April 20-22 at the Arlington Entertainment District, with organizers promising “new and exciting events at this year’s celebration.”

For more information, visit the event website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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