First news of 2018 highlights at the world's greatest concours
Custom Citroëns, Tucker, Osca, Rollston and cars of the Raj will be among the classes at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours in California
The first categories for the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'elegance – still the most important concours in the world – have been announced, along with a reminder that this year the event occurs a week later than usual, on Sunday, August 26, 2018. The categories known so far are:
- Post-war Custom Citroëns, celebrating the many special-bodied examples of the marque.
- 70 years of Tucker, the ambitious but short-lived model of which just 51 were made – and a remarkable 47 are known to survive.
- Osca, the sports-racers built by the three Maserati brothers.
- Motor Cars of the Raj, the cars mostly sold new into India during the period of British rule.
- Rollston Coachwork, one of the finest coachbuilders, often building one-of-a-kind bodies on chassis built by Packard, Minerva and others.
- Vintage Sporting Cars, early sporting cars built from 1916 to 1924.
Many of the cars are selected by marque experts and historians, who invite the car owners to send in an entry, though that's no guarantee of final acceptance to the concours. However, anyone with a car they believe is concours-worthy can ask to be considered – a quarter to a third of the invitations each year go to cars with owners that have never before shown a car at Pebble Beach.
Owners can send a simple description of their car to email@example.com. Each submission is reviewed, and those that merit an even more comprehensive look are sent a formal application, which is due in early January.
Each year around 1000 cars are vetted by members of the concours selection committee, a group of 15 automotive experts guided by concours chairman Sandra Button. They spend the early months of the year researching these cars, sometimes even visiting them to ascertain their authenticity and condition. Each car is then discussed during a two- or three-day selection meeting in the spring. By the end of this around 200 cars are invited to compete at the concours.
'We want to make certain each car shown here gets its due,' says Button. 'Regrettably, that means we have to turn away many great cars. Sometimes they deserve to be here, but they don’t fit into the features and classes we are highlighting that year. Perhaps we feel they might shine more brightly another year.'
Two or three further classes are expected to be announced soon. Until then, details are available on the Pebble Beach Concours website.