The Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum schedule has been announced, and it will be held in a new location. After several years at the Inn at Spanish Bay, forum events will be staged at the Concours Village at Pebble Beach.
The program begins August 12 at 3:30 p.m. with a presentation on the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Countach, “arguably the template for the modern supercar,” the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance points out in its forum calendar.
“Founder Ferruccio Lamborghini and Engineer Paolo Stanzani sought to build a true maccchina sportiva stradale, combining Gran Turismo capability and aggressive sports car dynamics with outrageous styling by Marcello Gandini for Carrozzeria Bertone. The Countach was literally the poster child for high-performance cars, and its sleek likeness could be found on the walls of countless enthusiasts worldwide, young and old.”
Journalist and historian Ken Gross will moderate a panel discussion featuring exotic car broker Simon Kidston, Lamborghini restorer Steve Mravoic, and Italian car authority and author Winston Goodfellow.
“Women Who Love Their Cars” is the subject for another panel presentation August 13 at 4:30 p.m.
“Join us to hear from and celebrate fascinating women who are making their mark on the car world — whether at a concours, track, road rally, or with their own car collection,” the concours reports. “Learn about what drives their passion and joy, how it started, how they express their interest, what they believe their legacy is, and how they’ve encouraged other women to own/collect/enjoy their cars.”
Hosted by racer Lyn St. James, the panel includes Renee Brinkerhoff, 65-year-old racer whose Valkyrie Racing program explores the world in a Porsche 356 and raises money for philanthropic programs; Jacque Beck Connor, co-founder of the “It’s All About the Girls’ vintage car rally; Merle Mullin, co-founder of the Girls Rally and wife of car museum owner Peter Mullin; Lisa Taylor, owner of Flying L Racing and driver for 40 years of Porsche 911s; and Cindy Sisson, founder of Women Shifting Gears.
The topic August 14 at 9 a.m. is the Porsche 917, one of the featured marques for the concours, with automotive historian Jay Gillotti interviewing long-time Porsche racer Hurley Haywood.
“Pebble Beach in 2050” is the subject for discussion August 14 at 10:30 a.m.
“What will the 18th fairway look like in 2050, when the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 100th Anniversary?” the concours committee wonders. “An exemplary panel of automotive experts will discuss the future of the world’s premier automotive celebration and explore the possible changes that might take place in the decades to come. How will an entirely new generation of enthusiasts view cars and how might those feelings change the hobby?”
Author John Nikas will host a panel that includes Jay Ward, creative director and automotive liaison at Pixar; Leslie Kendall, curator at the Petersen Automotive Museum; Tabetha Hammer, chief executive of America’s Automotive Trust; Caroline Cassini of the Fantasy Junction collector car dealership; and Paul Hageman, who worked at the famed Louwman Museum in the Netherlands and at age 25 became the youngest person to become a Pebble Beach Concours judge.
“Breakthrough Collecting: New Perspectives for Success” will be the topic for discussion August 14 at 12:30 p.m. with collector and museum owner Miles Collier and Bonhams group motoring director Rupert Banner on a panel moderated by Donald Osborne, chief executive of the Rhode Island-based Audrain museum and concours.
The final forum subject this year is “MTG: Streaming What Drives You.” MTG is short for Motor Trend Group and the panel will be moderated by editorial manager Edward Loh, and will feature Bisi Ezerioha and Tory Belleci, co-hosts of Motor Mythbusters, Jonny Lieberman, senior features editor at Motor Trend; and Ant Anstead, co-host of Celebrity IOU: Joyride.
For registration information, visit the Pebble Beach Forum website.