Sunset GT 'Road To Pebble Beach Edition' salutes the great car shows coming this week

Bugatti enters Sunset GT

Koenigsegg roadster

SoCal supercar dealer group O’Gara’s “Road to Pebble Beach” gives a nod to the coming week’s activities up north with a supercar show in Los Angeles called Sunset GT

SoCal supercar dealer group O’Gara’s “Road to Pebble Beach” gives a nod to the coming week’s activities up north with a supercar show in Los Angeles called Sunset GT

Maximum Miura

Koenigsegg Concept One

YouTube personality Schmee’s Ford GT

Koenigsegg Concept One

SoCal supercar dealer group O’Gara’s “Road to Pebble Beach” gives a nod to the coming week’s activities up north with a supercar show in Los Angeles called Sunset GT

Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Pagani Huayra

Porsche

McLaren Senna, Ford GT, Ferrari, etc. etc.

McLarens at Sunset GT

Sunset GT

A Bugatti enters Sunset GT

A Lamborghini enters Sunset GT

That Miura winked at you, man

SoCal supercar dealer group O’Gara’s “Road to Pebble Beach” gives a nod to the coming week’s activities up north with a supercar show in Los Angeles called Sunset GT

1939 Bugatti Type 57, courtesy of the Petersen Auto Museum

Exactly when – and where – does the Pebble Beach madness begin each year? It used to begin with the races held in the Del Monte Forest, followed by the Pebble Beach Concours Sunday. That was in the 1950s. The great Phil Hill used to win the race and then win the Concours. Those were the days. Then things got out of hand, and event after event was added to the calendar up there until who knows when it all officially starts now?

You used to be able to say it was the Carmel Concours-on-the-Avenue in downtown Carmel, which is held today, the Tuesday before Pebble. But maybe you could stretch that out to say it actually started two days ago, Sunday, Aug.11, with the O’Gara Coach Beverly Hills Sunset GT “Road to Pebble Beach” Edition cars and coffee.

Sure, why not?

O’Gara Coach is a multi-mega-dealer specializing in supercars and luxury cars for discerning Southern California buyers. And I mean supercars. O’Gara has grown over its 42 years in SoCal to the point where it now retails – in alphabetical order: Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Pininfarina, Rimac and Rolls-Royce. That may be the most impressive dealer lineup in the world.

About once a quarter, O’Gara holds the Sunset GT, a gathering of the most impressive supercars in SoCal, which has about all the supercars anyway. The cars are parked in the lot behind Sunset Plaza, itself something of a Hollywood institution, with stars and wannabe stars having lunch on the sidewalk cafes up above, and a parking lot overlooking all of Hollywood and most of Los Angeles below. It’s in the parking lot that Sunset GT is held, and you don’t necessarily know which way to look — out over the sprawling view of the city to the south or straight down at all the supercars right in front of you.

Choose the supercars. You won’t be disappointed.

“To kick off the anticipated Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance drive beginning this Thursday, Aug. 15, O’Gara brought out the old and the new, spotlighting cars such as the Koenigsegg Agera RS1 and Agera S HH Edition alongside classics from the O’Gara family, including Bugatti, Lamborghini, McLaren, Rimac, Rolls-Royce, among others,” read a release from organizers.

The official estimate was 75 cars, ranging from a Bugatti Chiron or two to a Rimac Concept One and Concept Two, Ferrari LaFerrari, Ferrari F40, Pagani Huayra BC and Roadster, and Lamborghini Miura, all in what O’Gara called “extravagant color palettes.”

“In addition, car aficionados had the chance to view the iconic 1939 Bugatti Type 57, courtesy of the Petersen Auto Museum.”

Thank you, Petersen.

The official estimate for crowd size was 3,000, which is a lot given the relative confines of the Sunset Plaza’s parking lot. There were celebrities, but they were only so on the internet: Shmee150, who brought his “Shmee mobile” Ford GT from Miami, Supercar Blondie, Vehicle Virgins, Seen Through Glass, Effspot, Whitesse Jr, and some guy named Matt Farah.

Presumably you could take off from here and drive straight up to Pebble, where you would arrive in time for the Concours-on-the-Avenue in downtown Carmel, the Jet Party, The Quail, Concorso, the races and, finally, The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. And why not? If you had one of these cars, you’d be up to Monterey in about an hour and 15 minutes.

See you there.

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