This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance contained a few pleasant surprises, but none were more welcome (for us) than the pack of historic ’32 Fords that came together to celebrate the design’s 90th anniversary. Included in Class V for 1932 Ford hot rods were such icons as the Ray Brown roadster, the Gray Baskerville full-fendered roadster, the Tom McMullen 1963 HRM cover car, the beautiful and understated “Lee Titus” full-fendered roadster, the stunning black highboy roadster of Ken Gross, and the ultimate class winner of the day, the Bob McGee ’32 highboy roadster owned by Bruce Meyer. All in all, a wonderful collection of historic and timeless ’32 Ford hot rods and a grouping that got a lot of attention from the usual Pebble Beach attendees who might not otherwise get to be around these things we call Hot Rods.
Earlier in the Monterey Car Week, we were delighted that our own Executive Director, David Steele, was asked to take part in a panel discussion on the topic of the ’32 Ford and its importance. One of several Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum events that went on during the week leading up to the Sunday Concours, David was joined on stage by Roy Brizio, Jay Ward, and Bruce Meyer, with the host and moderator being our friend and AHRF Advisory Board member, Ken Gross. A strong showing of support could be seen by the well-attended room, and Ken kept the panel on track, and the crowd entertained for what turned out to be an informative and entertaining hour and a half.