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Pioneer Auto car wins award

The Pioneer Auto Show's 1905 Fiat. (Photo courtesy of Pioneer Auto Show.)

Every year during the third weekend of August, 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world enter onto what is often called the best finishing hole in golf -- the famed 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Resort in Pebble Beach, Calif., for the Concours D' Elegance car and motorcycle show.

David Geisler Sr., of Pioneer Auto Show, Murdo, won second place this year in Class L-1 (Prewar Preservation) with the 1905 Fiat 60 HP Quimby Touring.

Entries are judged on style, historical accuracy and their technical merit, with participation by invite only.

"The 1905 Fiat definitely fits the profile for this show," Geisler said. "Of only 20 of its kind built, it is believed to be the last one in existence."

The Fiat was originally built as a high performance car specifically for the ultra-rich to drive fast on public roads, and by verbal history this particular car is believed to have been owned by the eclectic brewing tycoon August Anheuser Busch Sr.

The car will next be featured in the lobby at the new LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Wash. As one of the world's largest auto museums and attractions, this four-story museum houses up to 350 cars, trucks and motorcycles. The automobile will then make its way back to its current home, the Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo.