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High Rollers: Cars of the 2021 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
One of the most enduring and prestigious automotive events in the world, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 70th anniversary on Sunday August 15th. Every year on a Sunday in August, the 18th fairway in front of The Lodge at Pebble Beach hosts many rare and significant cars from around the world in a judged competition that results in one car being named Best of Show. But on the Thursday prior to the prestigious event, many of those same vehicles take to the streets surrounding Carmel-by-the-Sea as well as the Pacific Coast Highway during the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance.

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperienceChallenging Route
The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance departs from Portola Road in Pebble Beach, parading in front of The Lodge at Pebble Beach before heading south on 17-Mile Drive toward Carmel-by-the-Sea. The Tour joins scenic Highway One along the Pacific Ocean — a classic stretch of California highway with rocky cliffs, sandy beaches and amazing views west above the waves. The tour vehicles also cross historic Bixby Creek Bridge on the way to Big Sur before turning north and returning to Pebble Beach.

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePublic Viewing
Tour d’Elegance participants who go the extra mile to put their concours cars on the road have a deep affinity with the automobile. They look forward to driving their cars on public roads during the tour, knowing that folks who appreciate automobiles will pause to experience these rare cars in motion. Tour entrants also know that participation in the event could pay off during Concours d’Elegance judging on Sunday — if two competitors tie for first in class, the tour participant will be given the nod to move on to final judging for Best of Show.

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePost-Tour Prep
Upon successful arrival back at Pebble Beach, many Tour d’Elegance participants celebrate with a little champagne before a meticulous process begins: preparing their cars for the 18th fairway on Sunday morning and final judging in the 2021 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In the intervening days, tour participants must return the cars to pristine show condition before intense scrutiny begins on August 15. Until then, let’s look at some of the amazing machines that cruised the tour route this year.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1920 Rolls-Royce

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1903 Pope-Hartford Model B Rear Entrance Tonneau

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1981 Lamborghini Countach LP400S Series III Bertone Berlinetta

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1962 Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1913 Hudson

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1915 Winton House Car

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
11931 Duesenberg J Weymann Tapertail Speedster

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1968 Iso Grifo Coupe Bertone

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1916 Packard 1-25 Twin Six Runabou

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Speedster

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1935 Duesenberg SJ Mormon Meteor Speedster

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1964 Porsche 904 GTS Coupe

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1933 Auburn 12-161A Speedster

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1937 Delahaye 135 M Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1929 Cord L-29 Cabriolet

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1954 Chrysler GS-1 Ghia Coupe

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1954 OSCA MT4 1500 Morelli Spyder

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1915 Duesenberg Board-Track 2-Man Race Car

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1958 Jaguar XK150 Roadster

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1932 Chrysler CG Imperial LeBaron Special Roadster

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1954 OSCA MT4 1500 Morelli Spyder

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Special

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperiencePebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Pinin Farina Cabriolet

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Published on: August 14, 2021

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