2015 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

© Rod HatfieldA Movable Feast
For those who have the means to undertake the excruciating privilege of showing a meticulously restored automobile at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Tour d’Elegance can be a double-edged sword. Taking place a few days before the judicious scrutiny of the Concours itself, the daylong motoring tour around the Monterey Peninsula satisfies the participants’ urge to take to the open road, but it also adds a particular amount of stress by putting extremely valuable vehicles on public streets where anything can happen – and something usually does – a scant couple days before Concours competition. With a few period costumes, a dash of pomp and a lot of joie de vivre, the 2015 Tour d’Elegance is both a manifestation of what automobiles were meant to do, and a celebration that car enthusiasts can appreciate and enjoy.

© Rod HatfieldIn Keeping With Tradition
A Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe carrying Concours judge and automotive legend Sir Stirling Moss leads cars away from the Start-Finish pylons to begin the 2015 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance.

© Rod HatfieldStory Time
Early in the morning, Tour participants gather at the Start/Finish line to greet old friends and swap resto stories.

© Rod HatfieldKeeping Up Appearances
Some participants add a flourish of period garb to complete the look. Here driver and navigator in this 1903 Thomas Model 18 Shelden Rear Entrance Tonneau make a flashy start to the Tour.

© Rod HatfieldFresh Faces
Smiling grid attendants keep cars moving at the start of the 2015 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance.

© Rod HatfieldElegance by the Mile
Some automobiles need no extra flourish to claim their place on the Tour, as this 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Roadster proves.

© Rod HatfieldIntense Scrutiny
Even though Concours judging does not take place for a couple of days, participants evaluate each other’s automotive efforts prior to the official start of the 2015 Tour d’Elegance.

© Rod HatfieldDynamic Duo
It’s all fun and games until someone puts an . . . oh, never mind . . .

© Rod HatfieldAnd They’re Off!
Helmets and goggles add to the fun for the occupants of this 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Pinin Farina Spyder Series I.

© Rod Hatfield1951 Mercury Barris Brothers Custom Convertible
Class: Mercury Customs

© Rod Hatfield1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Stationary Coupe
Class C3-05: American Classic Closed

© Rod Hatfield1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Pininfarina SWB Coupe
Class: Ferrari Preservation

© Rod Hatfield1928 duPont Model G Merrimac Dual Cowl Phaeton
Class: DuPont
Waves of cars slowly cruise by The Lodge at Pebble Beach, a subtly nostalgic nod to the rich tradition of Concours past.

© Rod Hatfield1952 Cunningham C-4R Competition Roadster
Class: Postwar Cunninghams

© Rod Hatfield1966 Shelby GT350H Fastback
Class: Shelby GT350 Mustang 50th Anniversary

© Rod Hatfield1934 SS Cars SS1 Tourer
Class: British Prewar Sports Late

© Rod Hatfield1956 Jaguar XK 140 OTS
Class: Motoring Classic Participants

© Rod Hatfield1965 Porsche 356SC Karmann Coupe
Class: Postwar Preservation

© Rod HatfieldWhat’s the deal with all the old cars?
It’s no coincidence that comedian and avid car collector Jerry Seinfeld is in Monterey for the Motoring Week. Perhaps he’ll add to his vast collection. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

© Rod Hatfield1961 Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe
Class: Designs by Carrozzeria Touring

© Rod Hatfield1927 Hispano-Suiza T49 H.J. Mulliner Weymann Sport Saloon
Class: Prewar Preservation

© Rod Hatfield1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Pinin Farina Cabriolet
Class: Postwar Touring

© Rod Hatfield1931 duPont Model H Merrimac Sport Phaeton
Class: duPont

© Rod Hatfield1938 Graham Model 97 Saoutchik Convertible
Class: American Classic Open

© Rod Hatfield1939 Bugatti Type 57C Vanvooren Cabriolet
Class: European Classic Late

© Rod Hatfield1932 Auburn 8-100A Union City Body Co. Speedster
Class: American Classic Open
Concours participants (and viewers alike) enjoy a section of the Tour that takes them south on Highway 101 for some spirited driving along the California coast toward Big Sur.

© Rod Hatfield1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Bertone Roadster
Class: Postwar Racing

© Rod Hatfield1965 Shelby GT350 Prototype Ford Fastback
Class: Shelby GT350 50th Anniversary

© Rod Hatfield1956 Jaguar XK 140 OTS
Class: Pebble Beach Motoring Classic Participants

© Rod Hatfield1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Touring Spider
Class: Postwar Late

© Rod Hatfield1931 Lincoln K Murphy Dual Cowl Phaeton
Class: Pebble Beach Motoring Classic Participants

© Rod Hatfield1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Spyder
Class: Ferraris in the Pebble Beach Road Races

© Rod Hatfield1934 Cadillac 355D Convertible Coupe
Class: Pebble Beach Motoring Classic Participants

© Rod Hatfield1932 Austro Daimler ADR8 Keibl Karossierwerk Limousine
Class: European Classic Early

© Rod Hatfield1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale Coupe
Class: Ferrari Grand Touring

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