Dawn Patrol

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance brings a lot of things together.  Year after year, the most significant 200-250 cars are brought to the green lawn of the 18th fairway on the Pebble Beach golf course.  

- 75th anniversary of Jaguar.  XKSS is on display.  87 cars were ever built, 16 survive today, 12 of them were on the green.  

- 50th anniversary of Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta, a 12-cylinder little coupe. 165 were produced.  8 were on display. The very first one ever produced was on display.

Cars of the Maharaja, the year of Bugatti racing heritage, Mercer, and the list goes on.  

Every year the people of Pebble Beach Concours put up an impressive showcase of automotive history.  

Something else happens every year, something that brings all the historic, unique, and significant cars in either perfectly restored, or original preserved condition cars together. Every vehicle has to enter the field on it’s own power. The owner of the ultra rare Jaguar XKSS, or the 24hrs Leman’s winning Ford GT40, or the $8M Ferrari and the 1912 Rolls Royce get in their cars, line up at the entrance to the Golf Course at 4:30AM, and drive on to the field at the first sign of light.

This year I finally was able to witness this event, which is a very special experience, and is completely different and separate from the actual show. The misty morning air is replaced by the exhaust from 60 years ago, the ramble of the 12 cylinder engines, and of the sports cars trying to manage that touchy first gear, that has only inches of play room.  

If you are planning to go to the show, do yourself a favor, get there at 5am to experience the Dawn Patrol.

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