A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE 1950-56 PEBBLE BEACH ROAD RACES
A documentary film produced by renowned racecar driver Rick Knoop and filmmaker Dean Kirkland entitled, “Racing Through the Forest – The History of the 1950-56 Pebble Beach Road Races”.
The documentary was filmed over approximately three years and includes 50 interviews of legendary names in road racing such as Fred Knoop, Mick Marston, Bill Pollack, Jim Hall and Phil Remington. It chronicles the events from the first through the last Pebble Beach Road Races, which included legends like Carroll Shelby, Phil Hill and Bill Pollock in 1956.
“What began as a tribute to my father, Fred Knoop, has evolved into a celebration of one of the world’s greatest road races,” said Knoop. “We’re thrilled to share this incredible story with audiences at the Pebble Beach Concours. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to explore this incredible history, especially just feet from the road where the men and machines did battle. I’m honored that some of those featured in the film have committed to attend.”
"We're pleased to host the premiere screening of ‘Racing Through the Forest’, which focuses on the Pebble Beach Road Races and enthusiasts who started and participated in these sporting yet fierce competitions,” said Sandra Button, Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. "We all owe a great debt to these enthusiasts. I'm certain that much of the collector car world today would not exist without them. And there would be many fewer ways to see and celebrate great cars and the people affiliated with them."
Inspired by the memoirs of the Del Monte Forest Road Race history, the Pebble Beach Concours and Pebble Beach Company teamed up with K&K Productions to preview the documentary for a select audience. Blending interviews with racers and incredible footage of the events, the film recalls the glories of this oft forgotten race with a video archive of its history.
We hope you truly enjoy the beauty of this film as much as we have enjoyed preserving its rich history for years to come.
Rick Knoop Dean Kirkland