Pebble Beach Concours 2018

Pebble Beach 2018
Classics and Vision EQ Silver Arrow

While the best of show confetti did not rain down on a Mercedes-Benz at the conclusion of the Pebble Beach Concours this year, Mercedes nevertheless generated considerable buzz on the lawns with the debut of Gorden Wagener’s latest dream car, the Vision EQ Silver Arrow. David and Ginny Sydorick’s 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta captured best of show, the second time an 8C 2900B coupe has won the coveted price in the last decade.

Reflecting Pebble Beach’s general bias toward pre-war classics, the Mercedes’ on the field were established pre-war icons, two sweeping coachwork 540K Cabriolet A models and a muscular 1929 710 SS Barker Tourer Race Car and the Mercedes Classic Center’s 1935 500K Special Roadster. Impressive cars but the crowd around the latest Silver Arrow dream car sitting on Pebble’s practice putting green just across from the Lodge’s front door betrayed an interest in the future rather than the distant past.

Vision EQ Silver Arrow was a show stopper sharing the lawn with other dream cars.

Electric Fantasy

MB design Chief Gorden Wagener’s fanciful knee-high Vision EQ Silver Arrow is a brilliant homage to the pre-war W125 record car that was on display at the Classic Center’s pavilion and, I would add, an homage to the 1955 W196 streamliner. The more you looked at the car the more clever details revealed themselves. The wheels – featuring 168 spokes – feature half fairings that do not rotate and were works of art. The over sized finned brake housings are reminiscent of the W196’s massive finned inboard drum brakes.

The 550 kW (750 hp) Vision EQ is essentially silent but the driver can select the the sound of a current Formula 1 Silver Arrow or a Mercedes-AMG V8 engine. And Pirelli molded bespoke tires with a tread design of…MB stars. Fabulous creation.

Gallery: Pebble Beach 2018

  • Sunday morning at Pebble Beach, an amazing experience.
  • The new MB enthusiast: New AMG GT owner drops his car at the Lodge.
  • Quiet before the storm: Concours grounds taking shape Saturday afternoon.
  • Exclusive classic car dealer and Lamborghini Miura expert Simon Kidston seems pleased.
  • 220S Cabriolet crosses the block at Gooding & Co.
  • Stillwater Cove early Sunday Morning.
  • MBCC's 1935 500K Special Roadster was for exhibit only.
  • MBCC's 1935 500K was brown on brown, a rare combination for that series.
  • Muscular 1929 710 SS Barker Tourer Race Car.
  • 1935 540K Cabriolet A of the Cantore family.
  • Rendering the Cantore 1935 540 Cabriolet A.
  • 1929 710 SS Barker Tourer Race Car.
  • 1929 710 SS Barker Tourer Race Car detail.
  • 1929 710 SS Barker Tourer Race Car detail.
  • 1929 710 SS Barker Tourer Race Car interior.
  • Fabulous Vision EQ Silver Arrow among the dream cars.
  • Vision EQ Silver Arrow wheels were fascinating. Leading edge fairings did not rotate.
  • Vision EQ Silver Arrow detail.
  • Vision EQ Silver Arrow garnered endless cell phone action.
  • Vision EQ Silver Arrow tires feature starred pattern.
  • Vision EQ Silver Arrow cockpit cover raised electrically.
  • 1936 540K Cabriolet A of Hans Hulsbergen winning first in class.

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