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Pebble Beach 2016

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To classic car enthusiasts, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance needs no introduction. Taking place every year in August, the event features hundreds of historic cars displayed on the 17th and 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Course. The Concours is part of a week-long festival of car worship that includes numerous events, auctions and the Historic Races at Laguna Seca.


There were many strong contenders for Best of Show this year. Final nominees included a 1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet owned by the Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection and shown by Anne Brockinton Lee of Sparks, Nevada; and a 1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III of West Orange, New Jersey.

The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance concluded with first-time entrant Richard Mattei lifting the top prize high overhead soon after his 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet was named Best of Show at the prestigious competition.


When the award was announced, it took Mattei a moment to grasp the accomplishment: “I was just happy to be an entrant at Pebble Beach—and now to get an award, and not just one, but three!” His Lancia won its class before competing for Best of Show, and it was also named the Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible.”

The cabriolet was once owned by guitarist Eric Clapton, who declared it to be “the most fun I’ve had off stage and out of bed.” Pininfarina later purchased the car for its collection and it remained there for several decades.

Every car at Pebble Beach is a work of art, but the true beauty of the vehicles lies in the details. “This Lancia is a true combination of speed and style,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Pinin Farina took a fantastic car and added many spectacular attributes, including a power top, curved side glass windows and the unusual basket-woven trim. This car is sport and luxury embodied.”


Just one of six, possibly seven cars built for an Italian dealer, this particular Astura convertible resided in England and languished for decades before a pair of marque enthusiasts found it, rusting in an English garden. They paid just £15 for it. One can imagine the shape it was in. They knew they had something special on their hands, however, and when they reached out to Pininfarina for more details, they received a very unusual offer, from founder Battista Farina himself: if they returned the car to Pininfarina, the company would restore it for free.

Six years of work ensued. Bottega Veneta, the famed handbag maker, restored the interior. Jeff McDonald of Canby, Oregon, took care of most of the work. He joined Mattei on the Pebble Beach ramps. A shop near Goodwood, England spent many of those years practicing on just how to get the details right: diamond-patterned engraving on the gleaming chrome trim, the surprisingly intricate running boards, and that gleaming waterfall grille.

Asked what he found most compelling about the car, Mattei referenced the car’s mechanical sophistication and its ability to exhibit two different personalities: an aggressive stance with the top up and a more relaxed and elegant style with the top down.


The Pebble Beach Concours competition drew 228 cars from 16 countries to the Pebble Beach Golf Links. It also raised over $1.75 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, these charitable funds will benefit over 80 local charities.

The 67th Pebble Beach Concours takes place on Sunday, August 20th, 2017, and features will include Isotta Fraschini, Lincoln Centennial, and American Dream Cars of the 1960s. The 68th Pebble Beach Concours will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018, and will include a special class for Significant Cars of India.

Best Of Show
1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet – Richard Mattei, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Best of Show Nominees
1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet – Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection / Anne Brockinton Lee, Sparks, Nevada
1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria – Joseph & Margie Cassini III, West Orange, New Jersey

Most Elegant Awards
J. B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car
1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Bertone Prototipo – Corrado Lopresto, Milan, Italy
Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible
1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet – Richard Mattei, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Most Elegant Open Car
1932 Auburn 12-160A Speedster – Ted Reimel, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car
1953 Ferrari 250 MM Vignale Spyder – William E. “Chip” Connor, Hong Kong

Special Awards
Alec Ulmann Trophy
1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Chapron Cabriolet – Frank & Milli Ricciardelli, Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
Ansel Adams Award
1913 ALCO Model Six Berline Limousine – Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Cleveland, Ohio
ArtCenter College of Design Award
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Berlinetta – Imtiaz Mohammad Shaikh and Kenneth Sterne, Fletcher, North Carolina
Briggs Cunningham Trophy
1961 Jaguar Lightweight E-type Roadster – Gregor Fisken, London, England
Chairman’s Trophy
1922 Hispano-Suiza H6B Chapron Splendid Landaulet – Ing. Alexander Schaufler, Vienna, Austria
Charles A. Chayne Trophy
1931 Harry Miller Special – Dana & Patti Mecum, Geneva Lake, Wisconsin
Classic Car Club of America Trophy
1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight Bohman & Schwartz Convertible Sedan – The Marano Collection, Westfield, New Jersey
Elegance in Motion Trophy
1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria -Joseph & Margie Cassini III, West Orange, New Jersey
Enzo Ferrari Trophy
1956 Ferrari 290 MM Scaglietti Spyder -Les Wexner, New Albany, Ohio
FIVA Postwar Trophy
1969 Lamborghini Miura S Bertone Coupé – The Meier Family, Woodland Hills, California
FIVA Prewar Trophy
1902 Thomas Model 17 Detachable Rear Entry Tonneau – Kirk Bewley and Stewart Laidlaw, Sacramento, California
The French Cup
1939 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet – Frédéric Leroux, Hem, France
Gran Turismo Trophy
1966 Ferrari 330 P4 Drogo Spyder – Lawrence Stroll, New York, New York
Lincoln Trophy
1935 Lincoln K LeBaron Convertible Roadster – Stephen Brauer, St. Louis, Missouri
Lorin Tryon Trophy
John Clinard
Lucius Beebe Trophy
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Brewster Convertible Sedan – Zongmin Huang & Xiaoling Sun, Chengdu, China
Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence Award
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet – Evergreen Historic Automobiles, Lebanon, Missouri
Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy
1934 Bentley 3½ Litre Park Ward Drophead Coupé – Mr. & Mrs. H. Robet, France
The Phil Hill Cup
1959 Maserati Tipo 60/61 Allegretti Birdcage – Andreas Mohringer, Salzburg, Austria
Revs Program at Stanford Award
1901 Panhard et Levassor Type B1 Race Car – Rob Kauffman, Charlotte, North Carolina
Tony Hulman Trophy
1935 Rigling & Stevens Pirrung Special – Gary & Karen Schroeder, Burbank, California
The Vitesse ~ Elegance Trophy
1933/35 Lancia Astura Aerodinamico Castagna Coupé – Ton & Maya Meijer, Wassenaar, The Netherlands

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