Just saying it sounds fancy, “Concours d’Elegance.” Visitors to the opening of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on this day in 1953 were the first to see a Concours that had more than 100 vehicle entries. The first Concours was held in 1950 in conjunction of the first Pebble Beach Road Race. The Concours is a show for the best of the best, drawing vehicles and people from all over the world. It is said to be the most enthralling collection of automobiles at any one place at one time. The Best of Show winner of the inaugural show was Sterling Edwards in a custom build 1950 Edwards R-26 Special Sport Roadster. The winner of the 1953 show, which started today and drew for the first time more than 100 vehicles was Peter Clowes in his 1953 Austin Healey 100. The most recent winner of this show was a 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F. Ramsier & Cie Warblaufen Cabriolet owned by Jim Patterson of the Patterson Collection. The show is still held annually in near Monterey, California.
Photos show the 1950 winner and 1953 winne courtesy theconcoursstore(dot)com.