Bugatti, Mercedes Benz, Rolls-Royce, Pierce-Arrow, Duesenberg ... nothing says classic elegance better than these fabulous cars from the golden age of automobiles, 1920-1950. Their curvaceous lines combined with luxury, horsepower and awesome hood ornaments put them in a class by themselves. They have been owned by few and appreciated by the rest for their engineering, amazing designs, use of materials (some were made of wood) and attention to detail. Armed with a manually operated Nikon and many rolls of Kodachrome slide film, I attended four Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance car shows during the 1980s. Few places in the world offer a more spectacular venue for celebrating these cars than the eighteenth fairway at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey, California.
A native Californian, Barbara J. Brown continues to live in the Golden State with her family. She enjoys her retirement from the YMCA with activities in oil painting, photography, beading and writing. Her degree in art has been enhanced over the years with workshops from artists Jeanne M. Steele, Beverly Hicks and Linda Pietz, and photographer John Hendrickson. "It was a long time before I could indulge in doing what I love on a daily basis - creating beautiful works of art, recording the splendor of nature with my camera or in my journal. I was very fortunate to have had workshops from these extraordinarily talented people who were willing to share their expertise. In my creative endeavors, I continue to strive to reach their high level of artistry."