It was nearly two years ago that I encountered Harry Yeaggy’s 1967 Ferrari 412 P Competitzione at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The brief article that followed showcased imagery I captured of the incredible machine, and in a few concise words, I expressed that it very well may be the most beautiful machine I’ve ever seen. “It’s neither a favorite nor preference; cars of the 60s often fail to captivate me in ways cars of later eras seem to.
For a car so stunning and elegant, I have few words. Perched upon the green of the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the ’67 Ferrari 412 P Competizone was simply unparalleled. I’ve crossed paths with many cars at this point, many on the green and more on the tarmac. Some I love, some I loathe, and of course, best of all, I have my personal favorites. No car, though, has captured my adoration in such a way as the 412 P.
Cars are only original once. While more often than not, it’s desirable to have the best or cleanest example of any given marque when it comes to the game of Concours, when it comes to race cars, there’s no way to replicate the decades of earned patina and the battering that comes from racing door to door. The cars lucky enough to still sport their war wounds can’t be duplicated, and few cars survive with their origins and history still visible on the surface.
2015 marked the first year in some time that the sun joined us on the green for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California. A morning that is typically draped in cloud cover was, for once, pierced by the citrus colors of the morning light. At the far end of the 18th fairway, the M-2 class gathered: Ferrari Competizione. One car in particular stood out above the rest – a 1964 250 LM Scaglietti Berlinetta race car.
In May of this year, the world was shown BMW’s “CSL Hommage,” a concept that caters to the philosophies and genetics of the iconic E9 CSL. In both mission and spirit, the CSL Hommage reinvigorates BMW’s pioneering past while looking forward to the future of the marque, and just one glance at the concept will speak volumes to its heritage. Its aesthetics are fashion-forward and avant garde, inciting both positive and negative dispositions from BMW fans across the world.