The Tour takes Pebble Beach concours on the road

0
1752
A 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spider cruises the Pacific Coast Highway on the Tour | Howard Koby photos
A 1958 Ferrari Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spider cruises the Pacific Coast Highway on the Tour | Howard Koby photos
The Pebble Tour crosses Bixby Bridge
The Pebble Tour crosses Bixby Bridge

The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance is a testament to “elegance in motion,” a multi-million-dollar cavalcade of the finest vintage and classic cars in the world that undertake a scenic 75-mile cruise around the Monterey Peninsula in their participation in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The Tour started in 1998 to showcase the beauty and elegance of the automobile as concours entrants motor along the spectacular 17-Mile Drive from the Pebble Beach Lodge and Equestrian Center on a route that then sends them a lap around the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

From the track, the Tour glides down the California coast on Highway 1, which hugs the dramatic cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the way to Big Sur where they make their turn-around at the Ripplewood Resort.

A pass over the engineering wonder of Bixby Bridge is a sight to behold both to photographers and spectators, who line the roadsides for this rolling classic car show.

Steaming along on the tour
Steaming along on the tour

A gourmet lunch stop in Carmel-by-the-Sea gives opportunity to hundreds of spectators to feast their eyes on about 150 automotive treasures that are seldom seen by the general public.

Where else can one see a rare Tatra, a classic Hispano Suiza or a steam-powered car side step a Ferrari Testa Rossa or a Maserati racecar?

The Tour is open to all entrants in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It is not mandatory, but if two cars tie when the judges score them in their various classes on Sunday, the vehicle that successfully finished the Tour wins the higher award.

Advertisement
Howard graduated with honors from the Art Center College of Design in California. He has been a photographer and automotive journalist for 35 years out of his Los Angeles studio. He has been published in Hot Rod, AutoWeek, Road & Track, Car and Driver, Jaguar Journal, Forza, Vintage Motorsport, Classic Motorsports, Robb Report, Motor Trend Classic, Hemmings Muscle Machines, and 50 Years of Road & Track (MBI Publishing). He has served on the Advisory Committee of the Transportation Design Department at Art Center College of Design. He is the author of the books Top Fuel Dragsters of the 1970s and Pro Stock Dragsters of the 1970s, both available on amazon.com.

1 COMMENT

  1. wish I could have seen this tour passing over the Bixby bridge when I was in California in 1999 and 2002, but the timing just wasn’t right.