Top-10 stories of 2017: No. 5 -- Bruce and John McCaw win big at Pebble Beach
We don’t think that this has ever happened before in the storied 67-year history of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but in 2017 two brothers each won high honors at the concours in the same year. Not only did each win best in class, but they were among the three finalists for Best in Show, which one of them won.
Bruce McCaw won the most elegant open car award, the Gran Tourismo trophy, and the Best in Show honors with his 1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer.
His brother, John McCaw, won in the Ferrari Major Race winners class for his 1957 Ferrari 315 S by Scaglietti, and was one of two runners-up for Best in Show honors. The other runner-up wasWilliam “Chip” Connor with a 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six dietrich Covertible Victoria.
This may be an unprecedented occurrence for a family at the concours.We tried to confirm this with the folks at the concours, but with the holidays and all we cannot verify that this was, indeed, the first such performance by family members.
Of the two cars, I honestly prefer the runner-up Ferrari but completely understand why brother Bruce won Best of Show with his Mercedes as Pebble is more about elegance and style than it is about racing history.
There’s a third McCaw brother, Craig, who also has been very involved in collector cars. Bruce’s Best of Show was the first at Pebble Beach for any of the brothers.