The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance is one of the coolest events in an action-packed week. Why?
Because it is a delight for owners and spectators alike! In contrast with many of the static displays, the 17-mile route shows priceless classics in action. They snort, they howl, and some even growl! However your Ferrari or Mercedes or any mark sounds, the senses of its design and beauty are greatly enhanced on the road.
Winding around the gorgeous Pebble Beach entry roads, the pace is usually… intermittent, shall we say? Waking these slumbering giants of auto history is not always easy. Frequent mini breaks are needed, with the cars drinking Mobil 1 like a mimosa brunch.
Here is the next best thing to being there: a beautiful set of 111 photos!
2015 Pebble Beach TOUR d’Elegance
Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex is an annual driving event that delights entrants and spectators alike.
Initiated to showcase the elegance of the automobile in motion, the Tour also underscores the early history of the place that is Pebble Beach. Decades before golf links were laid out along the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this area was known for its scenic drive, winding for miles through the pine and cypress forest, dancing alongside dramatic cliffs and leading, ultimately, to a beautiful crescent-shaped bay.
The traditional Tour traces portions of the original 17-Mile Drive, traverses nearby mountains and valleys, and pauses for a time in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea. Tour participants enjoy a catered gourmet lunch, a champagne celebration at the finish and commemorative gifts.
The Tour is open to all entrants in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. And spectators are invited to view the Tour at key points along the route, particularly along Ocean Avenue in Carmel.
It is important to note that the Tour and the Concours are directly linked. If two vehicles tie in class competition at the Concours, the vehicle that has successfully completed the Tour gets the nod.
Dates and times for the 2015 Tour are as follows:
2015 TOUR DETAILS
Thursday, August 13
7 – 8 a.m. Cars line up on Portola Road, near the Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach
8:00 a.m. Tour departs, tracing portions of 17-Mile Drive and nearby scenic roads
11:00 – 12 noon Tour arrives in Carmel-by-the-Sea
12 noon – 2 p.m. Cars are displayed on Ocean Avenue
2 – 2:30 p.m. Tour returns to Pebble Beach
3:00 p.m. Concluding Champagne toast for participants
Credit: Photo Copyright © Kimball Studios / © Greg Guggenheim / Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
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