Pebble Beach Concours Creates John Lamm Scholarships

Pebble Beach Concours Creates John Lamm Scholarships


Pebble Beach Concours Creates John Lamm Scholarships


Pebble Beach, CA — Central to the mission of the Pebble Beach Concours is finding ways to celebrate great cars long into the future. To that end, the concours has established the John Lamm Scholarships to support students in the field of automotive communications.

Photo: McPherson College

The scholarships will complement the concours’ existing Phil Hill Scholarships and the Jules “J.” & Sally Heumann Scholarships that support students in the fields of automotive restoration and design.

“In addition to creating and caring for great cars, we need people who can capture their stories and convey them to future generations,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “That’s what John did so well for decades, with camera and pen and computer. He photographed and wrote about great cars — as well as the people who made history with them. He also did all he could to connect car people. He was both a communicator and a community builder.”


As we reported in this Oct. 7 online story at the time of his passing, John Lamm’s career spanned nearly 50 years, covering everything from new cars to classics.

Lamm first attended the Pebble Beach Concours in 1974, and he never missed attending the event in the many years since then. Initially, he often walked the competition field alongside his mentor and close friend Phil Hill. He went on to serve among the event’s judges for nearly a quarter century.

Some of Lamm’s friends and colleagues, as well as Ford Motor Company, have already stepped forward with generous donations to help fund the John Lamm Scholarships. If you wish to join them, please contact Sandra Button or Judith Ann Raible at

The Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, has agreed to act as the administrator for the John Lamm Scholarships. And, as with the Hill and Heumann Scholarships, the first John Lamm Scholarships will go to students at McPherson College in Kansas for their program emphasizing Automotive Communications in addition to programs focused on Automotive Restoration Design, Technology and Management.

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