White Queen To Black Knight

On green baize dotted with 250 multi-hued cars and motorcycles from 250 countries, some thought she was too white. Some believed she was too delicate, too feminine to conquer Pebble Beach. In the end, the color of virtue triumphed. Seventy-seven years after she was delivered to a lady in Paris, The Patterson Collection of Louisville, Kentucky brought the white 1933 Delage D8S to Pebble Beach and won the most important prize in the world of car collecting:  Best of Show.
Jim Patterson, has won with other cars at other concours but this is his first win at Pebble Beach."This is the one that really matters" he said.

"This car could do it all" said Concours Chairwoman Sandra Button. "It did 100 miles per hour in its day. It embodied style, speed and comfort." In 1930 the French Delage company added a shorter wheelbase "sports" model to their D8 offering and designated it the D8S. This particular car was shown at the prestigious Salon de Paris in 1933.

There was a feeling on the field that swoopy showpieces in the French style had had their day. It was time for a change. The challenge came from a car diametrically opposed in color, style and demeanor. The 1929 black English Bentley with body by Park Ward would be the alfa male of any car meet. Bentleys of this era are rarely white and seldom the driven by women.  Where the Delage flowed, the Bentley didn't. But Bentleys had a successful race history and were considered rugged and dependable. The choice of English sportsmen.

Each car had won its respective class and the judges had to make an important decision between two vastly different cars, each with a strong constituency of supporters. The White Queen took out the Black Knight and the judges made a statement: When important cars are equally matched in provenance and quality, the elegant car remains their favorite.


Pebble Beach is always exciting. This year it was also dramatic.