Pebble Beach adds ‘Sketchbattle’ to its Forum lineup

Pebble Beach adds ‘Sketchbattle’ to its Forum lineup

Designers will compete in ‘Fight Club’ of automotive styling

Jay Leno, Patrick Dempsey and Adam Carolla are among the celebrities, well, at least those known beyond the collector car world, who will participate in the Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum in August. The organizers of the concours d’elegance also have announced that they will host the inaugural “Sketchbattle” at the Forum venue.

“Every great collector car has a story, and that story is often filled with fascinating people — those who first dreamed of and built it, those who originally raced it or showed it at early auto shows or concours, and those who have carefully preserved it or worked to restore or even resurrect it,” organizers of the event said.

“The Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum offers enthusiasts the opportunity to meet and learn from the people behind the world’s greatest cars.”

The scene at a Sketchbattle

Staged at the Inn at Spanish Bay, the 2019 Forum lineup includes:

August 15, 2 p.m. — Spike Ferensten’s live radio show features special guest Adam Carolla.

August 15, 3:30 p.m. — Cover story: How hot rod magazines spread the sport across the country, featuring Bruce Meyer, Jim Miller and Ken Gross.

August 16, 9 a.m. — Driving trends in the collector car industry, with Craig Jackson.

August 16, 11 a.m. — Spike Ferensten teams up with Porsche to host a conversation with Hurley Haywood and Patrick Dempsey about their movie Hurley and Porsche racing.

August 16, 1 p.m. — A bright future for the past: A conversation with tomorrow’s restorers, featuring Paul Russell, Dave Kinney, McPherson College automotive design students and Donald Osborne.

August 16, 3 p.m. — 30+ years of Japanese luxury cars, featuring Alfonso Albaisa, Dave Christ, Jon Ikeda, Angus MacKenzie, Tom Matano and Ed Loh.

August 16, 5:30 p.m. — Pebble Beach Concours Sketchbattle Pro.

Pebble Beach Sketchbattle poster

“Sketchbattle Pro is a live automotive sketching competition staged in front of an audience,” the organizers point out. “Sometimes referred to as The Fight Club of Design, Sketchbattle pits the world’s best designers against each other in head-to-head competition for high stakes prizes and the coveted title of Sketchmaster. 

“Sketchbattle Pro is the highest level of the Middlecott Sketchbattle Championships, which also includes Sketchbattle Team events for art and design schools and Sketchbattle Jr., an education initiative to develop design skills among teenagers.

August 17, 10:30 a.m. — Feature presentation — Assess & Caress with Donald Osborne and Jay Leno, who will discuss “Replica, Re-creation or Revival — When should what’s gone stay gone?”

August 17, noon — Revs Institute presents: Protecting the family legacy and preserving automotive enthusiasm during the coming revolution featuring Miles Collier, John Elkann and Paul Ingrassia.

August 17, 1 p.m. — The theory of automotive evolution, featuring Leslie Kendall, Stewart Reed and John Nikas.

August 17, 3 p.m.: —Coachbuilders of our future, featuring David and Michael Moal, Andy Leach, Chip Foose and Wayne Carini.

For ticket information, see the Forum website.

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