Pacific Coast Highway – 17 August 2017
The Tour is perhaps the best way to enjoy a selection of the car of the Concours for a few big reasons. The first is that it is free to the public. The second is the fantastic backdrop of the Pacific Coast Highway that made itself even more prevalent with this year’s perfect Californian weather. The third and the most important, is of course, the cars. It isn’t that often that you see such beautiful mechanical masterpieces of engineering move about so freely.
This was my first time at the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. So I scoured over Google Maps in preparation to find the perfect location to view and capture the entourage. This landed me at Bixby Bridge which is at the furthest end of the route, a couple miles before the cars turn around and cruise back to Carmel.
The cars that take part in this event all receive a green ribbon on completion of it. If any car in the Sunday Concours reaches a tie breaking position in the judging, the one with the ribbon wins. While you don’t see every car from the Concours take part, there’s certainly a very healthy selection featured here.
One of the most shocking vehicles I saw was 1967 Ferrari Dino 206 Competizione, of which, I remember having a Japanese die-cast model as a kid which I used to idolise, but never know there was a working one out there. Photos of this concept in my coming Pebble Beach Concours article.
The Tour itself challenges the display cars in ways they probably aren’t used to. On my return from the bridge, I spotted a 1966 Bosley Mark II Interstate on a side road having some minor mechanical issues. Needless to say, the car did return home safe and ended up winning 2nd in Class R: American Dream Cars of the 1960s in the Sunday show. I’ll let the rest of the images do the talking. Follow ColumnM for more updated from Monterey Car Week.