Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance Canceled

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
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If you were hoping to browse the mouth-watering classics at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, don’t break out the collared shirts just yet. The event has been cancelled for the same reason everything else you wanted to do is now impossible. Pebble Beach officials have decided to nix the show, originally scheduled for August 16th, rather than risk the health of entrants, judges, and volunteers.

“My heart goes out to all of the people who are involved in the Pebble Beach Concours and who are impacted by this decision,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button for the announcement. “Many of our entrants have been working on a special car for years, and this was to be their moment. Some of our overseas entrants were nearing the point of putting their cars on boats and planes, and their own travel arrangements have long been made. The same is true for many of our international cadre of judges.”

Button continued. “We thank all of the enthusiasts who have gathered at Pebble Beach time and again to renew long-standing friendships, celebrate great cars and give so generously to Concours charities — and who have already expressed their support for the coming celebration no matter the date.”

With the event scheduled for August, it seemed as though Concours d’Elegance wasn’t in any real danger. Organizers actually informed applicants of their acceptance earlier this month, noting that entrants should plan to ready their vehicles even if there was a delay. Something must have changed to necessitate a full-blown closure.

Perhaps organizers just wanted to keep things simple. Rather than trying to find a way to pull the show off a month or two later than planned, everything is being transitioned to next year’s event. Features will remain as planned, with a display of previous Best of Show winners along the edge of Stillwater Cove and new special classes focusing on Pininfarina, the world’s oldest electric vehicles, Porsche 917, Talbot-Lago Grand Sport, and the Carrera Panamericana. They’ll just be happening on August 15th, 2021.

All tickets purchased to date for the 70th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will also be valid for next year. However, those seeking a refund may contact

“Pebble Beach Company has been pleased to host this event since its beginning, and we look forward to hosting the 70th celebration in 2021,” said Company CEO William L. Perocchi. “This event does more than celebrate great cars; it benefits so many people in need. Ultimately, the continued health and safety of everyone associated with the Concours is our number one priority, which led us to this difficult decision. We recognize that cancelling the 2020 Event will be disappointing to many, although we are confident it is appropriate under these unique circumstances.”

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  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Apr 24, 2020

    Don't think so. The Great Depression had a number of causes, including the lack of regulatory controls during the 20's. Any period of economic deregulation has always resulted in a short boom, followed by a large recession/depression. During the Great Depression, most governments took a hands off approach until the election of the greatest American president FDR. Roosevelt adopted Keynesian strategy which helped to create a social safety net, and enough government infrastructure projects to put a significant number back to work. The current economic situation is artificial. Once things re-open those who are working will have a pent up demand to spend their money. That should provide employment for many who have lost their jobs. Unfortunately a great many small business may close permanently. However people will still need haircuts, hair styling, dog grooming and similar services so most will be replaced by new stores. Hopefully at least some manufacturing will also return to North America. The reliance on the Chinese supply chain has proven to be both fragile and prone to political intrigue. For example 2 planes chartered by Canadian governments recently returned from China without any of their purchased cargo of PPEs. Intrigue on the part of Chinese officials forced these planes to return before being loaded. Not to say that there will not be suffering. There will, unfortunately. But not to the extent of the Great Depression, when there was no social safety net. Perhaps we will learn from this and replace the myriad of existing social programs such as employment insurance, welfare, food stamps, etc with one universal, cheap to administer Guaranteed Annual Income program. Similar to the CERT now in place in Canada. If your income falls below a certain level, you apply, receive a figure guaranteed to provide you with a certain level of income and each tax year it is reconciled.

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    • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Apr 27, 2020

      @Arthur Dailey The most-visited U.S. National Park is the Great Smoky Mountains. It has some great roads. (Tip: Much more enjoyable if you hang back from other people's bumpers. Bonus tip: Learn to downshift when going down a grade, people - regardless of transmission type.) At Newfound Gap there is a parking area, an impressive overlook, and the Rockefeller Memorial, where FDR himself dedicated the park on September 2, 1940. It was one of my favorite places as a kid. Why the "Rockefeller Memorial"? Rockefeller money (Standard Oil trust; 90% of the oil in the U.S. at one point) was used to match government and some private donations to kick the little people off their property. (Unlike other National Parks, this area was settled when the park was established.) The last picture here on the National Park Service website shows the Civilian Conservation Corps working on the Roosevelt Memorial. This is kind of a lie - while the CCC did some site prep, the beautiful hand-laid stonework throughout the park was done by European artisans.

  • JohnH JohnH on Apr 25, 2020

    And Laguna Seca thinks they are putting on the reunion with distancing procedures, They just sent out a newsletter. Just can’t see any of car week happening.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion:
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?