2015 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

© Rod Hatfield© Rod Hatfield
A 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.

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