Prepare for Pebble Beach

Special Classes Announced

Larry Jewett - November 28, 2011 09:43 AM


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The search for the world’s finest cars and motorcycles is once again underway. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has announced the featured marques and special classes for its 2012 collector car competition, and entry applications are now being distributed to enthusiasts, beginning the process of selecting the 200 automotive gems that will be displayed on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links on August 19.
Special classes for the 62nd annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance include Mercer, AC and AC Cobra and American-built Sport Customs.
“Selecting the best cars to compete in the Pebble Beach Concours is vital to our success,” said chairman Sandra Button. “And the first step in the selection process involves choosing the marques to be celebrated and the designers and engineers to be recognized for leading the way in style and technology.”
Entry applications are being distributed this week to past participants and other enthusiasts with cars that might be of interest and are due to be returned by January 27. Applications will then be vetted by the Concours Selection Committee, and formal letters of acceptance will be delivered in the spring.
The Mercer Automobile Company of Hamilton, New Jersey, operated from 1909 to 1925, building some of the most famous high-performance cars of the era. Mercer road and race cars, including the quintessential Mercer Raceabout, will be on display at Pebble Beach.
In 1961, automotive designer Carroll Shelby and AC Cars began a partnership to create a car to compete with Chevrolet’s Corvette. The result was the legendary AC Cobra, also known as the Shelby Cobra, a roadster built from 1962 to 1965.
Sport Customs (1930s–1950s) will feature one-of-a-kind cars built in the United States on modified American production chassis or hand-built chassis.