Monterey 2009 – Best of the Show 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet
The 2009 Concours d’Elegance held at Pebble Beach motor show came to a glorious end. Enthusiast from as many as 30 states and 19 different countries brought along their loved vintage treasures to be judged by an expert panel. A 1935 Horch 853 Cabriolet with coach work done by Voll & Ruhrbeck was unanimously selected as the Best of the Show. The car belongs to Nevada based car collector Robert M. Lee, who has made driving away with the “Best of Show” honors in his fleet of restored beauties a hobby. He had won the honors at the same show earlier in 2006.
The Concours d’Elegance was first held in 1950 and has been held continuously since then barring the year 1951. At the 59th edition held at Pebble Beach, the 1937 Horch 853 simply stole the show. The Horch 853 is the short wheel base version of the 850 which came with a 5.0 litre straight six engine. The last Horch 853 was built in 1952. The Horch was at its time a luxury car that had a highly competitive price.
The car was adjudged as the best of the show for its sheer beauty and painfully executed over-restoration, which rumors say, took more than five tears for completion. Everything from the gleam of paint to the ostentatious chrome lavishly applied on everything from the massive grille to the tail lamps are something that cars in 1930s could have only dreamed. The car again pops up the popular question of judging cars based on originality and not over-restoration.
The automobile was formed in 1901 by August Horch. Later in 1909, he had to leave the company that still uses his family name due to legal disputes with his partners. He decided to start a new company and named it Audi. The name was derived from the German meaning of his name Horch which means ‘hear’ in English. The Latin translation for the Horch is Audi. Thus, he founded Audi in 1909. Audi gained dominance in the market in the 1920s. In 1932, Audi union was formed by combining Audi, Horch, DKW and Wanderer to form the present day Audi. The four rings in the Audi symbol indicate each of these four companies. Two of the rings represents companies founded by August Horch himself.
The Concours d’Elegance held this year was marked by a relative lack of exhibits. While there were a lot of entries from which the country, there was a strangely low number of enthusiasts taking part from other countries. The global economic condition could be blamed for the situation to a large extend. More than one million dollars raised by auctions was presented for charity. The names of celebrities who took part in the week-long festival include Jay Leno and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Official Press Release after the jump.
59th PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE
NAMES 1937 HORCH ‘BEST OF SHOW’
More than 200 Classic Cars from 19 Countries are
Showcased During Competition Along California’s Monterey Coast
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 16, 2009) – A 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet, owned by Robert M. Lee of Sparks, Nev., was named “Best of Show” at the 59th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held Sunday along the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®. Proceeds from raffles, auctions, sponsorships and gate receipts helped contribute more than $1 million to charity for the fourth consecutive year.
“The Horch has wonderful lines, a great proven chassis and all the beauty that make it the whole package,” said Lee, who also won best of show at Pebble Beach in 2006. “Pebble Beach is the greatest car show in the world and winning here is indescribable. It’s been a wonderful day for us here and I have the best team to thank for making it happen.”
Competitors from 30 states and 19 countries brought their prized automotive possessions to the California’s Monterey Peninsula for judging in 28 classes.
“This Horch is an incredibly beautiful open car with stunning styling,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “It’s very Teutonic, but also almost French. It’s fantastic. Bob certainly knows how to prepare cars for competition.
“The Pebble Beach Concours is an annual glimpse of history’s most illustrious and significant automobiles. It’s absolutely thrilling to see more than 100 years of automobiles lining the 18th fairway – coming to Pebble Beach from places as far as Hong Kong, Argentina and Australia – while knowing that all proceeds are adding to the more than $13 million we’ve raised for our charities through the years.”
In 1935, the Horch Company, founded by August Horch in 1899, introduced a new model with a 5-liter, straight-eight engine called the Horch 850. The shorter wheelbase 853 model, which won Best of Show today, was very popular among Germany’s rich and famous, offering luxury at a very competitive price. The last Horch was built in 1958.
Bentley, a featured marque at the 2009 Concours, had the largest presence on the Pebble Beach show field. The Concours also celebrated the centennials of Bugatti, Audi and Morgan, and highlighted the styling of Zagato. Motorcycles were displayed for the first time in a class of British bikes built through 1959. In all, more than 200 cars and motorcycles were present, encompassing more than 100 years of the automobile.
Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno brought his 1928 Bugatti Type 37A 2 Seat Sports to Pebble Beach and was a guest auctioneer. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also participated on stage, auctioning his signed bomber jacket, which raised $30,000 for charity. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld was a Concours participant, collecting second place in the Porsche class with his 1970 Porsche 908/03 Spyder.
The Pebble Beach Concours occurs every year on the third Sunday in August. Among the featured marques for the 60th Pebble Beach Concours, slated for Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, will be Alfa Romeo and Pierce-Arrow. The event will also welcome Hot Rods back to the show field, as well as the second annual motorcycle class showcasing American bikes. Other features will be announced in coming months.