Journal: We Watched the Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance Zip By

We Watched the Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance Zip By

By Petrolicious Productions
August 20, 2013

The idea of “show cars” is a divisive one among car enthusiasts. While some people relish the chance to display an absolutely pristine car, there are many out there that feel these cars are meant to be driven. There’s perhaps no greater bastion of the “show car” mentality on earth than the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, famous the world over.

For anyone who feels the cars on display at the Concours are mere trailer queens, the Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance is an eye-opener. Every car that takes part in the Tour is a competitor in the Concours, and all of them are driven. The Tour winds through scenic forest roads above Monterey, California, through some of the most breathtaking driving roads in the state. As amazing as it is to see these dream machines up close when they’re stationary at the Concours, it doesn’t begin to compare to seeing them flash past at speed, engines roaring. The wail of Ferrari V12s and Porsche flat sixes reverberate against the trees as incredible, rare shapes flash past from Tatras to Talbot-Lagos. It’s an event that should be a pilgrimage for any Petrolisti, and at or near the top of the list for anyone at Monterey.

Photography by Otis Blank

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john tolle
john tolle(@runner)
8 years ago

That Tatra was in my same class Post War GT last month at Concours of America.
NICE E9. (BMW 3.0 CS)

CJ Cullen
CJ Cullen(@cjc)
8 years ago
Reply to  john tolle

E9???? Not quite– that’s a 503. Ultra-rare and spectacular. This is the first one I’ve seen in th USA.

Pierre Hurlimann
Pierre Hurlimann(@fb_100000177896233)
8 years ago

What is the blue car under the Lambo in the second page?

Fraser Wright
Fraser Wright(@fb_672759427)
8 years ago

A Ferrari Superamerica 500 aka Superfast or Aerodynamico. The colour is pretty close to what my dad described the one he saw in Paris as a kid back in the early 60’s – a beautiful bluey teal metalic green with a tall brunette woman driving. The woman I could understand, the teal green metalic I thought he was odd as you never normally see Ferraris in this colour. But then you never normally see Superamericas them as they only made around 30.

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
8 years ago

That special bodied Lincoln is so cool looks even better on the road than the pics at the concours itself

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay(@christophergay)
8 years ago

Classic Rothmans Porsche rally machine on the road! Love it.
I haven’t been up there in many, many years… but what memories!

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
8 years ago

Do I have to come down there and drag you up with us next time?