The 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance included competitors from 30 states and 19 countries, all hoping that their prized automobiles would win one of the 32 general classes. Participants also contended for the prestigious Elegance Awards, which honor the most elegant convertible, closed car, open car and sports car.
Special Awards, including the Most Elegant Awards, are generally selected by special committees of Honorary Judges. While most Special Award Trophies are perpetual and are maintained at Pebble Beach, winners are presented with a suitably inscribed sculpture created from the Pebble Beach Concours Trophy.
59th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Most Elegant Award Winners
J.B. & Dorothy Nethercutt Most Elegant Closed Car is awarded to the most elegant closed car present. The trophy is named for the couple who won Pebble Beach Concours’ top award, Best of Show, a record-setting six times. The Nethercutts established the standards of authenticity and quality to which all Concours entrants now aspire.
Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Convertible is awarded to the most elegant convertible present. The trophy is named for the woman who helped to found the Pebble Beach Concours in 1950.
Most Elegant Open Car is awarded to the most elegant open car present. An open car has no windows, though it may have side curtains, as compared to a convertible car, which generally has roll-up windows.
Strother MacMinn Most Elegant Sports Car is awarded to the most elegant sports car present. The trophy is named for the esteemed automotive designer, instructor, and historian who served for years as Chief Honorary Judge of the Pebble Beach Concours.
[Source: Pebble Beach Concours]