Pebble Beach, Tuesday 23 August 2016 – The pursuit of excellence, a passion for the enduring and a sense of tradition are the core values of the international classic car scene and were in abundance this week during the exceptional Monterey Classic Car Week on California’s Monterey Peninsula. Rolex has been deeply involved with this exclusive event since 1997, given its shared values of tradition and innovation, which have shaped quality watchmaking as much as the automotive world.
This year’s enchanting event comprised fast races, parading tours, exclusive garden parties and a mesmerizing Concours to offer the discerning fan the ultimate motor racing and automotive experience.
PEBBLE BEACH TOUR D’ELEGANCE PRESENTED BY ROLEX
THURSDAY 18 AUGUST 2016
For Rolex, the Monterey Classic Car Week began with the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance®. The sensational classic cars gracefully appeared out of the sea mist, before meandering along parts of the original 17-Mile Drive® and stopping for a time in the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea where aficionados were able to closely examine the magnificent vehicles in all their glory. The cavalcade continued its journey along cypress tree-lined roads back to the finish line at The Pebble Beach Golf Links®, showcasing the elegance of the automobile in motion.
ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORPORTS REUNION
THURSDAY 18 – SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 2016
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the largest event during the Monterey Classic Car Week, took spectators on a journey down memory lane at the iconic and demanding Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit. Focusing on authenticity, fans were treated to a reenactment of motor racing history, where it was the 1971 Shadow Mk II that proved triumphant, winning the Spirit of Monterey Award, as well as the sought after Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona, the ultimate racing driver’s watch.
THE QUAIL, A MOTORSPORTS GATHERING
FRIDAY 19 AUGUST 2016
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Santa Lucia mountain range, ‘The Quail’ combined elegance with exceptional vintage sporting automobiles and a truly international culinary experience. Taking the form of an exclusive garden party, the one-day event was reminiscent of the earlier, more intimate days of the Concours. With a unique judging process, it is the competitors themselves who decide the victor. This year’s winner was the only unrestored racing Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina Spyder – a unique time capsule that won the hearts and minds of both entrants and spectators, and was duly rewarded with a Steel and Yellow Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. The Rolex ‘Daytona’ is synonymous with motor racing so was the most appropriate prize for a car that has such an extensive racing history, particularly in the United States.
PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 2016
As the grand finale of Monterey Classic Car Week, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® is a contest of elegance rather than speed. This weekend 228 of the most prized automobiles and motorcycles in the world were judged for their historical accuracy, technical merit and style on a global and unique stage - the breathtaking 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. As the week’s celebrations drew to a close, it was the 1936 Lancia Asturia Pinin Farina Cabriolet that reigned supreme, the first Lancia to ever take the spoils at Pebble Beach. To commemorate such a significant moment in time, owner Richard Mattei from Paradise Valley in Arizona, was awarded the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41, the perfect timepiece to mark an everlasting achievement.
Having attended this year’s Monterey Classic Car Week, Rolex Testimonee and three-time FIA Formula One World Drivers’ Champion, Sir Jackie Stewart commented: “The last four days have been filled with nostalgia, appreciation and celebrations. I love coming to Monterey for this event each year; there is such a unique collection of both cars and people, brought together by their shared values and common goal - that of upholding traditions and honouring the heritage of our sport. The ongoing and more importantly growing interest in motor racing history here is a joy to behold”.
Some of the classic automobiles showcased in Monterey will only lie dormant under their wraps for a matter of weeks before Goodwood Revival in the United Kingdom begins. As the Official Timekeeper of Goodwood Revival, Rolex will continue its appreciation of motor racing’s heritage and traditions from Friday 09 September through to Sunday 11 September, when Goodwood Motor Circuit will showcase a nostalgic display of automobile excellence and style.
ROLEX AND MONTEREY CLASSIC CAR WEEK
Rolex was involved with several events during this year’s Monterey Classic Car Week: Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex; The Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion; The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering; and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. These events are linked by a common theme: a passion for and dedication to preserving the history and tradition of classic cars that are no less exceptional today than when they were first created. Each event, in its own unique way, celebrates motor sport past and present.
ROLEX AND MOTOR SPORT
Rolex's close ties with motor sport date back to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s World Land Speed Record successes in the 1930s, when he became the first driver to break the 300 mph barrier at the wheel of Bluebird. Since then, Rolex’s presence in motor racing has grown steadily, supporting iconic endurance races such as the Rolex 24 at Daytona® and the 24 Hours of Le Mans; iconic classic car events steeped in elegance, beauty and tradition, including the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Goodwood Revival; the leading motor sport series, Formula 1.
Virginie Chevailler, Rolex SA
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Sophie Stansfield, Influence Sports
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