Pebble Beach wins concours of the year honors

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The centennial of the Bentley brand was celebrated this year at Pebble Beach | Larry Edsall photo

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was among the winners at the 9th annual Historic Motoring Awards presented recently in England by Octane magazine and “an international panel of judges.”

Pebble Beach won the Concours of the Year category in which the Chantilly Arts et Elegance, Concours d’Elegance Suisse, Heveningham Concours and The London Concours also were nominated.

Other winners were:

Bespoke Car of the Year — Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Continuation

Performance Car of the Year — Porsche Cayman GT4

Restoration of the Year — Bizzarrini 5300Gt Strada (by Thornley Kelham)

Breakthrough Event of the Year — Veloce Charity Day

Motorsport Event of the Year — Peking To Paris Motor Challenge

Motoring Event of the Year — Retromobile Paris

Race Series of the Year — Pre-66 Grand Prix Cars

Club of the Year — Bentley Drivers Club

Industry Supporter of the Year — A. Lange & Sohne

Specialist of the Year — Nicolas Mee

Personal Achievement of the Year — Henry Pearman

Heritage Collection of the Year — The Rofgo Collection

Museum of the Year — The Bugatti Trust

Publication of the Year — The Bristol Aeroplane Company

The Enzo Award — Tony Willis

The Vantage Award — Jamie Chadwick

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Car of the Year — 1939 Bugatti Type 59/50B

Lifetime Achievement Award — Robert Brooks

The Petersen Automotive Museum was among the nominees in the museum category, collector and museum owner Peter Mullin was among those nominated in the personal achievement category, and Kevin Kay Restorations was a nominee for specialist of the year.

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.

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