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Dawn Patrol and the Selection Process for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

As a part of coverage of the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance today two videos are being featured. The first recording covers “Dawn Patrol” and gives you a look at many of the cars while being driven into the field as early as daybreak. In an effort to be first in line, some car owners will place their entry outside the gate as early as 3 AM to hopefully be the first car to enter and gather more press and video coverage for the vehicle.

Hundreds of spectators gather to view the cars in action as they are driven onto the lawn, because for many if they did view the Tour d’Elegance which is held several days beforehand it is only chance to do so.

Lead Photo – Postwar Grand Touring – First in Class – 1947 Delahaye 135 MS Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet – Owned by Wayne Grafton. Copyright © Kimball Studios – Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

A car owner can submit an application to be considered for a possible entry in the Concours, but before that can become possible is must be approved. Three of the most important parts on the list of criteria are elegance, beauty, and the provenance of the vehicle.

Due to the first two of the above standards which are a part of the deliberations, chosen cars are usually custom-bodied by a highly regarded coachbuilder. The third consideration is the car’s provenance or history, to be accepted it should have its original coachwork or in the case of re-bodied cars, one constructed during the period for that vehicle and placed on the chassis at that time. This ensures that all entries are genuine and not the subject of modern replica coachwork or a body swap. Competition cars undergo a similar process.

This second video below, will give you a better understanding of how the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Selection Committee arrives at a decision and accepts a vehicle to be shown.

6 responses to “Dawn Patrol and the Selection Process for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

  1. That Gyro-X just blows me away. Such advanced styling for 1967, though also reminiscent of the WWII Japanese Baka flying suicide bomb.

    I’ve seen pix of it from back in the day, but this is the first time I’ve seen it in transit. I see it wobbles ever so slightly at rest, probably just enough to make a driver sick. Considering it’s condition a few years ago, that quite a restoration.

    • That thing certainly is fascinating. There’s a eight and a half minute documentary on YouTube titled “Restro X: Reviving the Gyro-X”. It was filmed before the restoration was completed. Quite informative and entertaining. Well worth a look.

    • I had never heard of the Gyor-X before. And you’re right, it’s a fascinating piece of automotive history.

      The things I learn on this site . . .

  2. Thank-you for sending this to me! Some wonderful memories for me! (1970’s )— As a: “Behind the scenes” at a Concour’s D’ Elegance Classic Car “scenario” — Mechanic /Automotive Electrician. It can all go very quietly — with what you have prepared yourself, — “for the Owner/Participant” — but as you are on: “Temporary Payroll”, You occasionally get:” loaned out” —to solve a: ” Will not Start”(!!!) problem : Example: a 1923 Rolls Royce (LUCAS) Starter Solenoid with Dirty (oxidized )Silver Contacts: (This is not for the “tinkerer”!) – (Good to Go & Show, – now)! Example : A (documented) (Hitler) Mercedes-Benz Open Touring Car, with a: stuck- open: “scwimmernadilventil” (Solex [flooded !] Carburetor Float Valve), – ( 1-1/2 hour to Show (Start the engine!- time): Diagnose, open the carb, remove the red-ring- gasket “shard”, – fabricate a:”top – air-horn /cover gasket , close the Carb, start the Motor, re-adjust the Carb mixture, Quickee road test, for fouled plugs , ( Good to Go and Show!) My hat is off —to all “Concurs Mechanics”! Boy Scout Motto: Be prepared! Edwin W.

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