Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance: Concours in motion

The joy of admiring rare classics arrayed on a golf course right next to the Pacific Ocean is, by itself, worth a trip to Pebble Beach. But to meet moving works of art on the road is priceless. Photographer Cathy Dubuisson has captured this moment in pictures...

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is without doubt the most important automotive beauty contest on the American continent. Every year, on the Thursday before the Concours, there is a very special parade on the roads – the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. Here you have the opportunity to experience some of the priceless Concours classics as they should be… in motion.

The field of cars is comparable to a journey through the upper echelons of the history of the automobile – with all its peculiarities. Where else, for example, you would find a 1914 American Underslung ​​642 Roadster next to a Bugatti Type 46 Baby Royale Faux Cabriolet, or a Tatra 187 Limousine behind a Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale?

The route of the classic motorcade takes in sections of 17-Mile Drive and Highway 1, as well as the picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. For the first time since 2003, the Tour participants have also been invited to drive a lap of honour round the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, scene of the Rolex Historic Races. A rare privilege for both the drivers, and the spectators who watch them.

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