The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex is an annual driving event that delights entrants and spectators alike and designed to showcase the elegance of the automobile in motion. The Tour also underscores the early history of the place that is Pebble Beach. Before golf links were laid out along the edge of the Pacific Ocean and this area was known for its scenic drive, winding for miles through pine and cypress forest, along dramatic cliffs and leading to a beautiful crescent-shaped bay.
The traditional Tour traces portions of the original 17-Mile Drive, traversing nearby mountains and valleys, with a brief pause for a bite to eat in charming Carmel-by-the-Sea.
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. A good selection of cars are usually up to taking on the challenge, although some are sometimes better equipped than others to complete the tour.
The Tour d’Elegance, provides car enthusiasts an opportunity to get a sneak peak of the vehicles prior to them taking part in the Concours d’Elegance later in the week. The big news for this year’s Pebble Beach Concours is the 50th anniversary gathering of the Ferrari 250 GTO, and several of the cars entered in the Concours d’Elegance took part in the tour.
The route for this years Tour can be viewed here.
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