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Houston car collectors take over the 18th hole of Pebble Beach and wow a Cristal-chugging crowd

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Jim and Evelyn Fasnacht toast their first place win in the Ruxton class at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Courtesy of Kevin Hulsey Illustration
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Jim Fasnacht's Ruxton, a beauty on the Pebble Beach Golf Course18th green, first place winner in its class. Courtesy of Kevin Hulsey Illustration
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John Bookout Jr. with his 1951 Maserati A6G 2000 Frua Spyder, which took a third place. Courtesy of Kevin Hulsey Illustration
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Roberto and Janie Quiroz with their 1956 Maserati Zagato coup. Courtesy of Kevin Hulsey Illustration
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Houston ladies drive the Fasnacht's Ruxton that won second place in its category. Courtesy of Kevin Hulsey Illustration
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Houstonians included Julie Culver, from left, Cathy Brock, Nancy Pustka, Amy Aubrey, Randa Weiner and Evelyn Fasnacht. Courtesy of Kevin Hulsey Illustration
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Houstonians at Pebble Beach include Myron Vernis, Dr. Mark Brinker, Gary Brock, Jim Fasnacht, K. C. Weiner, David Pustka and John Aubrey. Courtesy of Kevin Hulsey Illustration
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All of Jim Fasnacht seven Ruxtons were on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Courtesy of Kevin Hulsey Illustration
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Fasnacht's roadsters on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.  Courtesy of Kevin Hulsey Illustration
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Jim Fasnacht, center, salutes the handshake between former adversaries Ben Andrews, left, and Carl Burst III. Courtesy of Kevin Hulsey Illustration
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News, Shelby, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance,   August 2014, Nancy Pustka, Evelyn Fasnacht (driving); back: Cathy Brock, Randa Weiner
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While well-dressed patricians from across the country strolled the grounds of the Pebble Beach Lodge on Sunday, a troupe of Houstonians made very merry during the Concours d'Elegance, the ultimate vintage car show that unfolded on the 18th hole of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Course.

The group had good reason to join in the flowing champagne toasts as one of their own walked off with three awards.

  The champagne, preferably Cristal, flows. The afternoon feasts are catered with lavish menus including every rich delight from caviar to succulent fried chicken. 

Retired oil executive (National Oilwell) and avid car collector Jim Fasnacht took bows with first and second place in the Ruxton class and received a special Rolex award for his dedication to assembling a historic class of cars. Fasnacht has more than 60 cars in his collection, seven of which are the rare Ruxtons, each of them on display at Pebble Beach.

Also welcomed to show their prized wheels at the invitation-only Concours were Houstonians Janie and Roberto Quiroz, entering their 1956 Maserati in the competition, and retired oil exec John Bookout, Jr. whose 1951 Maserati A6G 2000 Frua Spyder earned a third place in its class. 

As is tradition, the partying unfolds across the verdant lawn overlooking the Pacific Ocean as guests dress up, some in vintage costuming and most all in hats, and set up their gourmet picnic parties across the grounds. The champagne, preferably Cristal, flows. The afternoon feasts are catered with lavish menus including every rich delight from caviar to succulent fried chicken.

Houstonians among those dressing up for the festive afternoon were Cathy and Dr. Gary Brock, Randa and K.C. Weiner, Julie Culver, Nancy and David Pustka, Amy and John Aubrey and Dr. Mark Brinker.

Jim Fasnacht has had a love of cars since he was 7 and began collecting at age 16. The 59-year-old still has his first acquisition — a Corvette Stingray. He shares that love of cars with Evelyn. "And yes, I collect," she tells CultureMap. "But my taste runs to the cheap seats — micros and minis like the Crosley, the BMW Isetta, Messerschmitt and a few art cars." 

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