Pebble Beach offers to share your concours memories

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Do you have a special Pebble Beach memory? The concours committee wants to share it | Larry Edsall photo

As organizers of the Pebble Bech Concours d’Elegance prepare to celebrate — at last! — the event’s 70th anniversary, “Your story is our story” will be the theme of the December issue of the concours’ Digital Insider online publication, “so we’re inviting you to share your Concours memories with us and with others:

  • Do you recall your first view of concours cars displayed on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links?
  • Is there one particular car seen here that keeps reappearing in your mind’s eye?
  • Did some comment or a conversation at the Concours provide insight or inspiration?
  • Did one particular moment bring you joy?
  • Or do you have a tip, gained from experience here, to pass along to others?”

 “We would love to hear — and see! — your story,” says event chair Sandra Button, who requests such memories — including photos and videos — be sent to media@pebblebeachconcours.net

“Be sure to let us know how to properly describe and credit any imagery,” she adds. “And please include your contact information so we can call you with any questions and share our plans for use.”

Like so many other collector car events, Pebble Beach was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, but plans its 70th anniversary celebration on August 15, 2021.

Ice race schedule revised 

From 1937 to 1974, motorsports races on snow and ice were staged at Zell am See, Austria. In 2019, they were revived as the GP Ice Race by Ferdinand Porsche, grandson of Ferry Porsche, and his business partner Vinzenz Gregor. 

Their third annual event is scheduled for February 2021, but instead of making room for 20,000 spectators, the event will be revised from one big weekend to a month-long series of smaller exhibitions. 

The reason, of course, is the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

“Adjustments had to be made to avoid the GP Ice Race having to be cancelled altogether,” organizers said in their announcement. 

Also impacting the event, though in a positive way, is the construction of a new arena and the widening of the main runway at the airport where the races have been staged. As a result, the team already is planning a major expansion of the racing program for 2022.

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In the meantime, plans call for a series of smaller events will be held under the banner of “Cold Start by GP” throughout February 2021.

Monterey Reunion entries open

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Vintage racers in 14 run groups will contest the Rolex Monterey Reunion in August 2021 | WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca photo

Car owners eager to compete in the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in 2021 can submit their credentials for consideration through the special online website. The events included are the Pre-Reunion, scheduled for August 7-8 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and the Reunion itself, August 12-15, 2021.

Cars eligible fit into any of 14 run groups, and for the first time will include historic Indy cars:
 
Pre-1920 Race Cars
1966-1985 Masters Historic Formula One             
1920-1951 Racing Cars                                            
1947-1955 Sports Racing and GT
1955-1964 GT                                                            
1963-1966 GT over 2500cc                                                  
1973-1981 FIA, IMSA, GT, GTX, GTU, AAGT                    
FIA Manufacturers Championship                        
1981-1991 IMSA GTO, GTP, Trans-Am                                         
1955-1961 Sports Racing under/over 2000cc                   
1961-1966 GT under 2500cc                                   
1966-1972 Trans-Am                                               
1983-2016 Masters Endurance Legends    
1963-1978 Indy Car  
 
“Each entry will be reviewed to determine the car’s authenticity, provenance and mechanical- and period-correctness to ensure it meets the strict criteria established since the event’s inception in 1974,” officials said. “Faithfully adhering to authenticity is the defining tenet of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.”

E-type anniversary celebration

E-types gather at Classic Motor Cars for a showcase. They’ll be back in 2021 | CMC photo

Classic Motor Cars is a British restoration business that annually stages an open-house car show that attracts around 100 collector cars and as many as 5,000 people. In 2021, that show will celebrate the 60th birthday of the E-type Jaguar, CMC has announced.

“We want this open day to be an enjoyable day for the whole family,” said CMC managing director Nigel Woodward, “so like last year, we will have live music, food and beverage stalls, indoor markets and activities for children. There will be an array of Automobilia traders, toy dealers, heritage parts dealers, motoring art and books and much more.”

In addition, he said, “We will be opening the doors to our fantastic workshop so that people can look around and see some of the skills and craftsmanship involved in Classic Car restorations. Practical demonstrations will take place and our skilled technicians will be on site ready to answer technical questions.”

The date is August 28 and the location is Bridgnorth, Shopshire.

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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.

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