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A 1932 Duesenberg Wins Best of Show at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours – Robb Report

The 1932 Duesenberg named Best of Show rolls on to the ramp to accept its accolades at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Every renowned golf venue in the world has its vaunted traditions; Augusta with The Masters, St Andrews and the British Open, but for Pebble Beach, the highest-ranked and respected public course in the United States, his legacy is equally tied to a very different game. Every year towards the end of summer, one of the most avid car collectors and restorers in the world drives to the show and positions themselves on the final fairways as part of the legendary Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a car competition that was played beautifully again yesterday .

The show lawn is filling up quickly during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2022.

The show lawn is filling up quickly during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2022.

Tom O’Neal, courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

At the end of the day, the confetti fell on a stunning 1932 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo, owned by Lee R. Anderson Sr, of Naples, Fla. But a lot happened prior to that long-awaited moment. Many ardent car enthusiasts, whether first-time visitors or die-hard veterans of the competition, arrive at what has come to be known as Dawn Patrol before dawn to catch the competing cars on the lawn and take their own respective spots. It’s a chance to see the gallery-worthy sheet metal in motion, though the motivation also takes the form of Hagerty’s commemorative hat, which is different every edition, handed out covertly for a very short period of time and fueling its own unique spirit of competition.

Competitors arrive early at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to watch the show cars take their positions.Competitors arrive early at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to watch the show cars take their positions.

Determined attendees arrive early to watch the show cars take their positions, a tradition known as Dawn Patrol.

Tom O’Neal, courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

This year’s field consisted of more than 200 cars, divided into 28 classes, ranging from antiques to American and European classics to various brand-specific and commemorative categories. The latter paid tribute to Lincoln’s 100th anniversary and that of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with winning examples of both, including a 1928 V-8-powered Lincoln L Holbrook Fully Collapsible Cabriolet, which belonged to Bill and Dee. Kuettel of Capitola, California, and a V-12 powered 1932 Lincoln KB Murphy Dual Cowl Phaeton, owned by Beth and Ross Myers of Boyertown, Pa.

Le Mans race cars on the show lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2022.Le Mans race cars on the show lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2022.

The 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was celebrated at Pebble this year.

Tom O’Neal, courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

For the Le Mans class, made up of earlier models, first place went to David McNeil of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for his 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Scaglietti Berlinetta, with a 1979 Porsche 935 K3 Coupe, owned by Bruce Meyer of Beverly Hills , California, take the pole position for later models.

Bruce Meyer's 1979 Porsche 935 K3 Coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2022.Bruce Meyer's 1979 Porsche 935 K3 Coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2022.

Bruce Meyer’s 1979 Porsche 935 K3 Coupé takes first place in its commemorative class of Le Mans race cars.

Tom O’Neal, courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Crowned Best of Show, a title that exponentially increases its provenance and value, the Duesenberg was given its breathtaking bodywork by renowned coachbuilder Joseph Figoni and competed in the 1932 Paris-Nice Rallye. It was also an in-period winner at a car show in Cannes. Although this is not always the case, the car now wears its original bodywork, which obviously not only impressed the judges, but was also a crowd puller.

Sandra Button, president of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (right) and David Stivers, CEO of the Pebble Beach Company (left) award Lee and Penny Anderson the best of show for their 1932 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo on the Pebble Beach Concours in 2022 d'Elegantie.Sandra Button, president of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (right) and David Stivers, CEO of the Pebble Beach Company (left) award Lee and Penny Anderson the best of show for their 1932 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo on the Pebble Beach Concours in 2022 d'Elegantie.

Sandra Button, president of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (right) and David Stivers, CEO of the Pebble Beach Company (left) award Lee and Penny Anderson the Best of Show for their 1932 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo.

Tom O’Neal, courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Still, it wasn’t just the classics that caught the eye. As usual, the Concept Lawn in front of the lodge was barely visible due to the mass photographers and admirers trying to see the latest dream machines from the likes of Koenigsegg, Genesis, Hennessey and Lamborghini. Lincoln’s new L100 Concept stood out, as did Hennessey’s Venom F5 Roadster and Czinger’s 21C V Max. However, there was one model that literally stood out, seen only by a visit to the Bugatti Pavilion: the 1,600-horsepower Bugatti Mistral, a topless titan inspired by the 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Roadster Grand Raid and built on a thoroughly revised Chiron. cockpit.

The Czinger 21C V Max hypercar on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2022.The Czinger 21C V Max hypercar on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2022.

Czinger’s 21C V Max hypercar positioned on the Concept Lawn.

Tom O’Neal, courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

“This is the last time we’ll put a W16 8-litre engine in a road-going car, so we wanted to celebrate that powerhouse one last time,” said Frank Heyl, Bugatti’s deputy design director, while giving Robb Report a tour of the vehicle. “So we decided to make an open-top car, as it was on our bucket list anyway.”

The challenge was to give something with so much power the right support. “If you take a Chiron monocoque and shave the roof off . . .the torsional stiffness has disappeared”, says Heyl. “So we had to redesign the whole fairing, which cost us an arm and a leg. We could never really calculate the costs in a business case that would work until we now have the Divo on the market, the Centodieci, the La Voiture Noire and the Bolide. We’ve opened a new segment within our own segment, and that’s one-off and little.’ The Mistral will be limited to 99 units, each with a starting price of over $5 million.

The 1,600 hp Bugatti W16 Mistral at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2022.The 1,600 hp Bugatti W16 Mistral at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2022.

The 1,600 hp Bugatti W16 Mistral.

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While the automakers do not have the same level of commercial presence as at The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering, which was held two days earlier in Carmel Valley, the manufacturers are making their presence known through expansive hospitality suites and settings for VIP customers and invited guests. The Lamborghini Lounge and Bentley House, for example, both consist of picturesque residences on the fairway.

Well-dressed participants of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2022.Well-dressed participants of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2022.

Hats often top up the horsepower at Pebble.

Tom O’Neal, courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Aston Martin maintains a raised podium, steps away from the cars, where it showcases its latest debuts such as the V12 Vantage Roadster and DBR22. Then there’s the Mercedes-Benz base camp, located in the heart of the Lodge at Pebble Beach and directly above the jury platform, a placement that seems fitting for the world’s oldest automaker and has been claiming for over two decades.

Tom Kristenson, nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will participate as an honorary judge in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2022.Tom Kristenson, nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will participate as an honorary judge in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2022.

Tom Kristensen, nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was one of the honorary judges this year.

Tom O’Neal, courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

And while at first glance all the big hats and prodigious horsepower may seem like an exercise, the event leads to a greater good: This year alone, $2.7 million will go to 90 charities in the region, bringing the total to $32 million. brings that more than the past 72 years that the competition has been running. The competition remains a cherished tradition that Pebble Beach and the global automotive community continue to embrace, and will do so again next year on August 20.

Click here to view photos from the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The car was named Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2022.The car was named Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2022.

The 1932 Duesenberg was named Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2022.

Tom O’Neal, courtesy of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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