Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance:
- The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® Best of Show was awarded to a 1932 Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo, owned by Lee Anderson of Naples, Florida.
- 40 classic cars from 18 countries and 33 states competed for honors and were assessed on their elegance, technical merit, and history by expert judges.
- Duesenberg has long been the winningest American marque at Pebble Beach, with six prior wins.
- The 24 Hours of Le Mans theme illuminated the event; with two dedicated Le Mans classes featured on the fairway.
- Rolex Testimonee and nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Tom Kristensen, was an Honorary Judge at the Concours and proudly says:
“It’s always a privilege to come to Pebble Beach. I’m honored to be involved in the celebrations of Le Mans as we build to 2023 and to also help present the unique Centenary Trophy yesterday. There is no doubt that this trophy is going to be incredibly sought-after next year; the race really is on for the 100th anniversary.”
- The winning owner Lee R. Anderson Sr. was presented with a specially engraved Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion:
- From Wednesday to Saturday, approximately 400 racing cars competed at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
- Winners were reunited in the paddock for spectators to marvel at, including the 1964 Ferrari 250 LM, the 1966 Ford GT40, and the 2005 Audi R8 LMP1 that was driven to victory by Kristensen.
- As Grand Marshal of the 2022 Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion, Tom Kristensen fulfilled his duties while soaking up the incredible atmosphere around the track. He says:
“I’m really proud to have been involved in this year’s event, and it’s been lovely to meet all the fans. I’ve rarely seen so many historic Le Mans cars together and to be reunited with some of my own race-winning cars is very poignant. This week, more than ever, I’ve felt Rolex’s exceptional presence in motor sport – with the crossover of automotive events and endurance racing – and appreciated the brand’s respect for the past and recognition of our sport’s exciting future.”
Pebble Beach Tour d’ Elegance® Presented By Rolex:
- Earlier on in the week, crowds gathered on a mild Thursday to witness the Pebble Beach Tour d’ Elegance® presented by Rolex, the prelude to the Concours.
- The motorcade enjoyed a new scenic route, tracing parts of the 17-Mile Drive and hugging the coast to Big Sur, before returning to Pebble Beach to cross the finish line.
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering:
- The 1956 Jaguar D-Type was awarded the 2022 Rolex Best of Show and admitted into the Rolex Circle of Champions alongside the event’s individual class winners.
- Rolex presented an Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 to William Pope, owner of the headline car.
- Reflecting on this year’s event, Jenson Button, the 2009 FIA Formula 1 ® Drivers’ World Champion, who recently joined the Rolex family of Testimonees, says:
“The Quail is a special occasion. This year it’s been particularly wonderful, seeing everyone coming together to celebrate such a variety of beautiful cars, both old and new. As a racing driver, I love Rolex’s deep-rooted connection to this event and motor sport more generally, it really is a relationship which stands the test of time.”
- The Spirit of The Quail Award was given to a 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Bertone Sprint Coupe owned by Dick Mcclure of California.