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Classic Alfa 8C 'best in show'

2008-08-19 07:28
Alfa, 8C, Pebble Beach

As the 58th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance wrapped up, a pristine 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C was voted the best in show.

Owned by Jon Shirley, a former president and chief operating officer of Microsoft, the 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta was purchased four years. Only 33 units were ever built for road use.

“This car has an intriguing history,” says Shirley. “It won the first race at Watkins Glen in 1948, and though the car’s been driven quite a bit, it’s never been wrecked. I’ve always been an Alfa fan, so winning at Pebble Beach just doesn’t get much better. I can’t wait to take it back on the road real soon.”

Competitors' cars, from the US and 12 countries around the world, were judged in 24 classes.

Overall, more than 200 classic vehicles, ranging from the event’s oldest competitor – an 1892 Peugeot – to a rare collection of six Ferrari California Spyders displayed their automotive wares at the annual classic car showcase.

This year, the Concours also saluted Lancia, Lamborghini and General Motors’ 100th anniversary.

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