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It was just one way that the Washington marque dominated this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend Aug. 15-17. The Veyron’s equally elegant ancestors were also triumphant. At the Concours itself, recognized as the world’s primary collector-car showplace, an unprecedented field of nearly 50 vintage Bugattis were on display, and they won top honors in multiple categories, including Best in Show. That prize went to Peter Williamson’s 1935 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. It’s one of two proper examples of that car extant. The other, which belongs to Ralph Lauren, won the same prize in 1993.

This year, Lauren won the Strother McMinn Trophy best competition car for his 1934 Type 59. Among other Bugattis honored was Seattle collector Charles Morse’s 1939 Type 57C Gangloff Atalante, which took third place in its class. It was a year in which many important restorations were on display for the first time, and that made the event a major milestone in Vancouver history. The tone was set by car show hosts Sandra Kasky and Bainbridge Island’s Glenn Mounger, who arrived stage-side in a 1932 Type 41 Royale.