Credit: Painting by Peter Hearsey/Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
If there was an honor for a car almost equal to the Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it would likely be the car chosen for the collectable Concours Poster. This year they’re reached back in history to remind us of the significance of Pebble Beach as a location, by selecting the 1949 Ferrari 166 Mille Miglia owned by Jim Kimberly.
As the first Ferrari to ever race in California, it will retrace the course it once took in the 2nd annual Pebble Beach Road Races in 1951. However, this time we trust the car will remain wheels down. In 1951 Kimberly lost control of the car, went over a hay bale to land upside down. No worries as we now say, his date film star Ginger Rogers was quickly by his side and Jim walked away unharmed.
This is a similar car, a 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Vignale.
While the whirlwind of Pebble Beach is one of the world’s most celebrated car events of the year, not everyone realizes the rich motorsports history of the Del Monte Forest. The roads today, now lined with designer homes nesting amongst the tall pines, were once the site of the Pebble Beach Road Races, which was where road racing got its start in America.
To commemorate the past, artist Peter Hersey has created a beautiful visual reminder of the 1949 Ferrari racing through the forest for the concours poster.
On Friday August 14th, a portion of the old road course will be reopened for the 166 MM and other historic Ferraris. This group of Ferraris are part of a special class in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, on August 16th, of Ferraris which raced through the Del Monte Forest.
If you would like to learn more about the early road races, the documentary Racing Through The Forest,screened for us last year in the days leading up to the concours, offers rare footage and a lively celebration of the history of the Pebble Beach Road Races. Note: I had a link up to buy the DVD but now it is broken… I’m looking into it.