• Aug 13th 2010 at 2:57PM
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2010 Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance – Click above for high-res image gallery

While the skies were gloomy and even a bit weepy this year, at least we didn't have fog like last year. The Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance is one of our favorite events in Monterey every year, and it's nice to actually see the cars. The Tour, if you're not familiar, is an event that includes a large portion of the entrants in Sunday's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, but as its name implies, the cars are moving. The best part is that it's free to anyone with a lawn chair.

The cars leave the Pebble Beach grounds around 8:30AM and snake through 17-Mile drive, loop through Monterey and then head down Highway 1 to Big Sur before turning around and coming back up into Carmel for lunch. Mercedes-Benz was the sponsor this year so there were plenty of SLS, SLK, S Class, GL, ML... LMNOP models on hand to serve escort duty for the "real" media, VIPs and racers like Sir Stirling Moss, who led the whole parade in an old Gullwing. Nice cars for sure, but the Tour is also our first glimpse at what's going to be vying for Best of Show on the 18th fairway at Pebble on Sunday.



Unlike last year when the Horch just shown like a freshly polished diamond in a coal pile, we didn't spot any clear favorites this year. That's not to say there aren't a ton of great cars here this year – just not one superstar. Several cars did manage to stand out as the entries chugged past us along PCH though.

That's the magical part of the Tour, the cars careening down the coast with hundreds of spectators and photographers lining every turn-out. All five of your senses are involved here, with everything from horseless carriages to 1950s dream cars whizzing by, spewing an intoxicating mix of fuel vapor, oil, exhaust, brakes, clutch and various other overheated material scents as the ground rumbles under your feet, particularly with the race cars. And come on, how often do you get to see GP cars on the street?

Check out the amazing gallery of 109 high-res images by clicking below. We're still in the process of labeling them all, so shout it out in the comments if you can identify any of the ones we're missing.


Mercedes-Benz 300SL driven by Sir Stirling Moss
  • Mercedes-Benz 300SL driven by Sir Stirling Moss
  • Mercedes-Benz 300SL driven by Sir Stirling Moss
  • 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Ghia Coupe
  • 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Ghia Coupe
  • 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Ghia Coupe
  • 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Ghia Coupe
  • 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Ghia Coupe
  • 1954 DeSoto Adventurer II Ghia Coupe
  • 1930 Duesenberg J Graber Cabriolet
  • 1930 Duesenberg J Graber Cabriolet

Photos Copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / Frank Filipponio / AOL


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Love them all, but the alfa-romeos are something else...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another reason why HWY 1 is awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "......the Horch just shown like a freshly polished diamond "

      Shouldn't that be 'SHONE'? I only graduated the 12th grade, and spelling wasn't my best subject. Did you at least go that far? Where can I apply for YOUR job - I think I can write as well as you, or at least hire a proofreader to check my articles.
        Dr. Leonard
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's medication for your obsessive-compulsive disorder, you know? You obviously do not love cars, since you are so easily distracted. Pay attention to the content of the article.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WOW! Thank you so much for this simply fantastic collection of automotive beautyshots! I agree with "Dewey", those red stickers covering the headlamp tarnish the celestial grace that otherwise dominates in these images.

      And I wonder also, what's that coupé with the 3 headlights?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The blue coupe with three headlights is an ABARTH, body by Boano, probably FIAT-based
      • 5 Years Ago
      As much as cars and the automobile has progressed, there's just something about the classics. Glad there's those of us who can afford to keep these memories on the road and looking as good as they do - far better than being tucked away in a museum!
        • 5 Years Ago
        retro is stagnation of the mind. total lack of innovation. it's death of the spirit.

        obviously they were not great cars in the past compared to now and nothing compared to what can be like ultra lean ultra quick aerodynamic electric cars.

        resignation to nostalgia is surrender to death and a betrayal of us the living.
        we could literally have flying cars today if we weren't anchored back by useless nostalgia.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, funny how the classics live on and your normal day to day tech gimmick in a car fades away unremembered.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Your site mis-identified that Mercer as a Mercedes? Need new glasses? spellcheck?
      • 5 Years Ago
      To Car Guy: Knowing how to use the right word and how to spell it isn't a distraction. It's actually an advantage, like knowing a Mercer from a Mercedes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's that coupe with the 3 headlights? It's in one of the last pics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that gullwing picture is legendary.

      http://bellamacchinaproductions.com/
      • 5 Years Ago
      That one shot of the Duesenberg Model J Graber Cabriolet nearly made me drool. Good stuff.
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