2015 Pebble Beach - More Edwardian Cars

I'm still going through the multitude of photos that we took in Monterey, and I though I'd share a few more of the early cars seen around the peninsula that week. Many events included Edwardian era cars - some of these events are open to the public and some are not - and all were great fun.

Here's a few of my favorites: 

A 1905 White Model E Steam Car being pulled off the trailer in the paddock. This car was freshly restored and would go on to win its class on Sunday. A rare model and year. (author's photo)

A 1908 Packard Model 30 Runabout being offered by Boulevard Motorcars at their private showing. This car was one of my personal favorites from the entire week. It wore a lovely patina from a 40 + year old restoration. These are very capable cars for their time. (photo credit: Nathan Evans)
A 1902 White Model B Stream Car arriving on the 18th fairway Sunday morning. We had the pleasure of meeting Tom and his steamer on the tour. With a bit of a head start, he was able to climb the hill into Carmel and parked right behind us on Ocean Avenue. (photo credit: Nathan Evans)

This Franklin had been customized to run in the Los Angles to Phoenix race back in 1910 I believe. The car had a great presence sitting in the paddock at Leguna Seca. As with all Franklins of this age, it is air-cooled with the cylinder's cast individually. (author's photo)

Two of the three surviving 1914 Mercedes Grand Prix Team cars sitting behind the Mercedes-Benz display. The car in the foreground is owned by the Collier Collection and was the reserve car for the 1914 French GP (it did not race). The car in the background is owned by the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Mercedes placed 1-2-3 at the 1914 French Grand Prix. (author's photo)

This very interesting and authentic early Isotta Fraschini sat unnoticed in the dealer sale area over at Spanish Bay. The event wasn't very memorable, but this car was. (author's photo)

One of two Nationals found in the paddock at Leguna Seca. Of course  National gained racing fame by winning the 1912 Indianapolis 500. I'm not either of these cars started life as race cars, but they certainly looked fantastic. (author's photo)

A 1914 Opel 4500 CC GP racer on the 18th fairway Sunday morning. I had the opportunity to hear this car run in the paddock and it sounded great. Owned by the Keller Family, the car ran in the 1914 French Grand Prix and was the only Opel entry to finish the race. (photo credit: Nathan Evans)

I believe this Packard was found in Australia and the owner planned to turn it back to a touring car. I'm not sure of it's actual race history, but it's been restored as a racer. (author's photo)

I believe this car is a 1901 Panhard et Levassor. Quite advanced for its age, the car was offered by Boulevard Motorcars at their private showing. (author's photo)

A 1913 Peugeot 3 liter Labourdette from the Collier Collection on the lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours. This car, driven by Arthur Duray, placed 2nd in the 1913 Indianapolis 500 - and in the process, changed racing forever. The success of this car and it's revolutionary hi-reving, small displace engine influence race car design ever-after. (photo credit: Nathan Evans)

A 1913 Peugeot L45 racer from Ann Bothwell's collection of amazing cars. One of four factory team cars campaigned at the 1914 French Grand Prix. (author's photo)

A 1892 Philion Road Carriage from the National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection). This relic from and earlier time, is drive from the back - not sure how you would see where you're going if you had passengers in the font seat? (photo credit: Nathan Evans)

A 1907 Renault being offered by Boulevard Motorcars. This is one of about a dozen cars specially ordered by William Vanderbilt for his buddies to race out on long Island. About half of these cars survive -  a smaller version of Renault's Grand Prix car of the day. (author's photo)

A 1910 Simplex Touring owned by a friend of ours being offered by Boulevard Motorcars. Fantastic car, but when you have two, I guess one can go. (author's photo)

A very interesting 1900 Skene Steam Runabout. From the excellent Richard C. Paine Jr. collection (Seal Cove Automobile Museum), this car is the sole surviving effort of the J.W. Skene Cycle Company of Lewiston, Maine. (photo credit: Nathan Evans)

A 1909 Stanley Model R Gentlemans Speedster. A local car (from Long Beach, CA), it a had a little trouble with Thursday's tour and arrived in Carmel on a flatbed. (photo credit: Nathan Evans)

A 1907 White Model G Steam Car from New York state seen in the paddock. I had a chance to visit with the owner who lifted the seat cushion and showed me "1GR" stamped in the wood frame. This car is the very first model G and was on the White stand at the 1907 New York auto show. (author's photo)

The 1914 French Grand Prix winner, this Mercedes was restored back to its race form by George Wingard (who remains its owner today). The car was vintage raced at Leguna Seca and then exhibited at the Concours on Sunday - it's had to imagine that this important car is in private hands. (author's photo)
I had an enjoyable visit with Nick and his brother who had brought this 1902 Toledo Steamer. This car is believed to have been specially commissioned from the Pope Manufacturing Company for a Los Angles buyer. Nick has found evidence of the car being driven to the Grand Canyon in the day. In 1903, these cars would be renamed "Pope-Toledo". (photo credit: Nathan Evans)


  1. Very VERY nice! Particularly the steam cars.

    We have some early Skene advertising on the Virtual Steam Car Museum.

    Don Hoke
    The Virtual Steam Car Museum, Inc.

  2. Don - thanks for your kind words and for reading the blog. I enjoy your site (and the Stanley register) - you are a great source of information. Keep up the good work.