Monterey Car Week-Day 4; Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance 2015

Spectators arrive very early Thursday morning for the Tour d’Elegance, including yours truly, to get a first look at much of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance field. The cars line up on Portola Road near the Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach.   The cars will drive portions of 17-Mile Drive, through the California mountains and valleys, ending and parking along Ocean Drive in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The Tour is open to all entrants in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Many Concours entrants participate in The Tour for the sheer joy of driving their vehicle on such scenic and historic roads. They also drive The Tour knowing if two vehicles tie in class competition at the Concours, the vehicle that has successfully completed the Tour gets the extra point. Any damage incurred on The Tour (and it does happen) will not be deducted at Concours.

The Tour in recent years has been led by Sir Stirling Moss and wife Susie in a Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster. Once the cars arrive in Carmel they are displayed on Ocean Avenue while the drivers and passengers adjourn for lunch. It is a tribute to the owners, especially the pre-war era cars, that they make this approximately 80 mile trip.

Later in the day we attended restorer Tom Yang’s fun gathering at The Quail. Tom is noted for his work and expertise on 250’s and 330’s, and his renowned website TomYang.net

Pictures from the Tour d’Elegance

17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach - tour d'elegance

The view from 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach

 

starting line - tour d'elegance

Starting line

 

Cars and people crowd Portola Road in Pebble Beach - tour d'elegance

Cars and people crowd Portola Road in Pebble Beach

 

blue 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet - tour d'elegance

1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet

 

silver 1955 Porsche 550RS Spyder with adjustable wing - tour d'elegance

silver 1955 Porsche 550RS Spyder with adjustable wing - tour d'elegance

1955 Porsche 550RS Spyder with adjustable wing

silver 1955 Porsche 550RS Spyder with adjustable wing - tour d'elegance

The mechanism that adjusts the wing on the Porsche. Not a lot of head room

 

red Ferrari 250 GT/E - tour d'elegance

A very nice Ferrari 250 GT/E that drove the 1500 mile Motoring Classic Tour down from Washington state

 

pre-war cars - tour d'elegance

Looking down the road amidst pre-war cars

 

red race ferraris - tour d'elegance

Ferraris that once raced on the original Pebble Beach race course that incorporated part of 17-Mile Drive

 

1954 Cunningham C-3 - tour d'elegance

1954 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupé in the Equestrian Center

 

cunningham - tour d'elegance

The Cunningham and others queuing up

 

tour d'elegance

On to the tour

white Cunningham C2R - tour d'elegance

Cunningham C2R

 

silver Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale - tour d'elegance

Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale

 

Sir Stirling Moss and Lady Susie - tour d'elegance

Sir Stirling Moss and Lady Susie lead the drive

 

A view from The Lodge; setting up for Concours d''Elegance - tour d'elegance

A view from The Lodge; setting up for Concours d”Elegance

 

the quail - tour d'elegance

A view from The Quail Lodge; setting up the night before for The Motorsport Gathering the next day

 

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The Auto Blonde is an enthusiast who attends and participates in many car events. She welcomes you to ride shotgun. All pictures and posts are hers unless otherwise noted.
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