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have no idea how many people

submitted entries for the

GT350 class of the 2015 Pebble Beach

Concours d’Elegance. The class for

these cars wasn’t widely publicized. In

fact, information was mostly spread

via word of mouth. If more people had

known about the GT350 class there

would probably have been a lot more

entries to choose from for the eight

cars needed. I’ve been involved in a

few concours events over the years

and have been to Pebble three differ-

ent times. Pebble Beach is in its own

league. It is the top car show in the

U.S. It’s dead serious, old school and

old money.

There was no set fee to enter the

concours, but it was understood that

participants make a charitable dona-

tion to the Pebble Beach Company

foundation. At the top of the entry

form was a list of suggested donations,

starting with a check box for $149,000

and above. I told John Atzbach I sent

in a check for $151,000, figuring I just

bought myself the trophy. In reality,

my check was for $1,500. The form

also contained a section for the history

of the car (300 words or less), prior

awards and six photos. All of this was

to help the acceptance committee de-

termine who would get in and who

would not. Pebble raised $1.9 million

this year. That’s one of the things that

makes it, truly, the big time.

Last year I entered 5S003 at

Amelia Island and despite the effort it

took to prepare the car and get it

nearly 3,000 miles to northern

Florida, it was a lot of fun. I’m not sure

the average Shelby owner knows that

Pebble Beach is different from every

other concours shows – even SAAC

concours events. It is a U.S. version of

the European tradition of automotive

show competition in the area of ele-

gance that began in the 1920s. Women

in stylish dresses and hats were very


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– Story and Photos by Mark Hovander