In addition to the editor in the world’s coolest Bentley, DRIVEN’s assault on the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and related happenings included the indefatigable Duncan Quinn, who arrived in style as always astride a Ducati Panigale R. Read on for more of his high-octane adventures…
Given the choice between a rainy Earl’s Court and a moist but sun-drenched Monterey, I’d probably take Monterey every time.
Duncan Quinn makes the scene at the Quail in Pebble Beach
Which funnily enough seems to be what every car manufacturer in the world has decided as well.
In not so many years, the Concours d’Elegance held at Pebble Beach has gone from a quaint get-together for those with antique and collectible automobiles to the tour de force of car shows.
No manufacturer worth its salt would miss out on parading their finest offerings to this crowd of well-heeled and influential observers.
So well-heeled that a separate yet similar gathering, the “Quail” (above), has stepped in to house the truly luxury marques.
Bugatti. Pagani. Bentley.
Champagne and supercars flowing like water
You get the picture. Champagne flowing like water. And machinery you rarely see in a magazine, let alone in real life, on display.
In amongst this long weekend of visual delights, many of the manufacturers are kind enough to extend invitations to some of their clients, both present and prospective, to indulge in a canapé or three, something to wet the whistle, and of course—discourse of, and test-drives in—their latest and greatest models.
And thus I ended up ensconced at more than one beautiful Monterey mansion, inhaling a glass of something tasty while cogitating over the toys on display.
The star of the weekend for me is always Mr. Richard Charlesworth of Bentley.
Regally chugging around in his 1930 Bentley Blower with jaunty mustache and a convivial word for all.
Bugatti. Pagani. Bentley. Oh my.
But aside from that – the Macallan inhaled at the Bentley house, the original Bond DB5 on display at the Aston Martin house, and the nubile Playboy Bunnies at the Jaguar F-Type bash —there were plenty of choice moments to digest.
The special-edition Hermes Bugatti Veyron, complete with bespoke grilles in the form of an “H.”
Photo courtesy Bentley Motors
The Lamborghini Veneno looking every bit like the arch nemesis’s car from Batman—and the Lambo girls flanking it.
The Porsche 918 Spyder.
Galpin Motors‘ 1200bhp GT car based upon the Ford GT.
And needless to say, the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spyder, which sold for more money than any car ever to change hands at auction.
The Lamborghini girls and the $4 million Veneno
For those who missed their chance, that would be a cool $27,500,000.
My favorites? It was a pleasure to see a 1962 Toyota 2000GT, as driven by Bond in You Only Live Twice.
A sort of Japanese 1960s take on a Ferrari, and pretty cool at that.
With the Elephant Charge in Zambia fast approaching, the Porsche 911 rally special spotted in the car park at Bonhams Auction House also deserved a special look.
But then again, in a sea of Miura Ss, Countach’s, 1960′s Ferraris and Alfas, there was so much to love that after a while, it just became numbing.
Like your fifth week on safari when you no longer look at a lion
Like your fifth week on safari. When you can no longer be bothered to even raise the camera lens as a leopard lopes past in hot pursuit.
There can indeed be too much of a good thing.
And Pebble Beach may just be it…
Pebble Beach: ***** Car Nut Paradise
PCH: ***** The Road to Heaven
Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spyder: ***** Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder
- Posted August 30, 2013
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