Concours cars hit the road for Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

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Rare and usually very expensive cars such as this Bugatti venture out onto public roads for the annual Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance | Howard Koby photos

More than 200 of the cars that will displayed on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links on Sunday as they compete for honors in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance ventured out onto public roads Thursday for the annual Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance.

They traveled along the original 17-Mile Drive and down coastal Highway 1 with a lunch stop in Carmel-By-The-Sea, on roads lined with admiring car enthusiasts glad for the opportunity to see such vehicles being exercised.

As a car owner, why risk one of the world’s finest automobiles in such an environment? Because cars were built to be driven and, if there is a tie on the judging scorecards on Sunday, participation in the Tour serves as the tie breaker.

Down to Big Sur and back via the historic Bixby Creek Bridge
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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.

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