Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance – Monterey 2016

The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance sponsored by Rolex is the annual Thursday morning driving event of Monterey Car Week. The Tour includes driving parts of the original 17-Mile Drive, continuing through nearby mountains and valleys, with a stop for lunch in pretty Carmel by-the-Sea.

The 2016 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance was delayed, shortened and rerouted so as not to interfere with firefighters as they battled wildfires burning to the east of Big Sur, CA.  Normally, cars line up near the Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach between 7am and 8am, and the Tour departs at 8am. This year the cars departed at 9am.  The 2017 Tour will revert back to its original full route but the time change is likely to stay the same.

The Tour is open to all entrants of Sunday’s 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. However they also drive the Tour d’Elegance knowing that 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 the Concours. Because of the route change, there was no penalty for withdrawal, and only a handful of  cars opted out.

The Tour d’Elegance was once again led by Sir Stirling Moss and wife Susie in a Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster. Individual pictures of the cars were quite difficult to capture, as you will note, since the event was very crowded and the space is tight; 3 cars wide down a narrow dusty road. The good news is that most of the spectators are true auto enthusiasts – not many over-sized purse carriers and car-touchers.

One component to enjoy of the Tour is the randomness of the car lineup, which is essentially as-they-arrive to the Equestrian Center.  A turn-of-the century Pierce-Arrow could be next to a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, which is next to a 1948 Delahaye. And they all play together nicely on the Tour.

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

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aston martin - Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Love the pose, she held it for quite a bit; no tool, not touching anything

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

EV Corvette - Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

EV Corvette - Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Electric Corvette

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

black bmw - Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

red Aston Martin DB5 - Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

beige Ferrari 250 - Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

ferrari 250 gte italian polizia car - Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Ferrari 250 GT/E Italian Polizia Car

ferrari 250 gte italian polizia car - Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

ferrari 250 gte italian polizia car - Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Hagerty Insurance people (in blue) on hand to hand out lunch boxes to the drivers and co-pilots

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

orange Reliable transporters - Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

Reliable Transporters bring the fun

 

 

The Lodge at Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance - Monterey Car Week 2016

After the Tour d’Elegance departed we had coffee at The Lodge overlooking the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach

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, 330’s, 365’s and his renowned website TomYang.net

 

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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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