In an email press release at 9:56 PM EDT tonight the Pebble Beach™ Concours d’Elegance announced that the 2020 event has been cancelled and postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19 concerns.
Their early announcement is welcome recognition that we’re not going to get out of coronavirus/Covid-9 concerns any time soon and acknowledges the concerns of entrants, exhibitors and spectators about rubbing elbows in a densely populated crowd from across the planet.
The fallout of the Pebble Beach™ Concours’ decision will spill out across the car collecting spectrum in coming days and weeks.
The events that have coalesced around the Pebble Beach™ Concours d’Elegance are by now mythic and beyond comprehension in a single week:
- Concours on the Avenue
- Monterey Automobilia Expo
- McCall’s Motorworks Revival
- The Little Car Show at Pacific Grove
- Pebble Beach Motoring Classic
- Prancing Ponies
- the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion and Reunion at Laguna Seca
- Pebble Beach Retroauto
- Werks Reunion
- Concorso Italiano
- The Quail
- and even Concours d’LeMons,
And that’s not to mention the Worldwide, Bonhams, Mecum, Russo and Steele, RM Sotheby’s and Gooding auctions that last year traded some $252.5 million dollars’ worth of cars in a few Monterey days. That’s a quarter billion in collector cars … which seems paltry in view of the money being thrown at Covid-19 costs.
Will all these events fall under the sway of the Concours’ postponement?
Days to come will answer that question, but this is an epic announcement with far-reaching consequences.