Racing in 1950s was much more dangerous and exciting than what we have now.
One of the first road races in America was also the most unsafe: The Pebble Beach Road Race.
The Pebble Beach area on the Monterey Peninsula was stunning and exciting compared to bleak and dry airfield races of the period, but racing through the picturesque pines was deadly.
Soft pine tress killed the races. They adorned the Pebble Beach circuit until Ernie McAfee wrapped 0546LM around a pine, lost his life, and the races were permanently cancelled.
Laguna Seca took off from where the Races left off and Pebble Beach continued their now world famous Concours d’Elegance.
In 2015 the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance paid tribute to the Races which helped promote the Monterey Peninsula.
They assembled seven former Ferraris from the Races to relap what is left of the original circuit.
Along with several other astute photographers we gathered on the last remaining part of the old track to recieve the Ferraris as the drove by.
The result is these images by Richard Michael Owen.
1949 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta 0010M
1955 Ferrari 857S Spyder 0588M
1950 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta 0058M
1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Spyder 0228AT
1953 Ferrari 166MM/53 Spyder 0342M
1953 Ferrari 340MM Spyder 0350AM
1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I 0438MD