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There's a way to access the ultra-ritzy Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance that doesn't involve spending $275 on a ticket. It's called the Tour d'Elegance, and it's arguably a better time than the actual show itself.

Scheduled on the Thursday before the Concours, the Tour sees the cars of the show on parade, retracing portions of 17 Mile Drive and other historic, NorCal roads. That means that not only will spectators get to see the super-exclusive cars, they'll get to hear them, too. The Tour d'Elegance remains the very best way for the general public to see some of the finest vehicles ever made, in their natural environment – on-road.

This year's tour, which took place yesterday, saw participants run from Collins Field, along some of California's scenic roads and out to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca before stopping in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The cars spent some time displayed on Ocean Avenue in Carmel, before returning to Pebble Beach. Naturally, the whole affair ended with a champagne toast.

Ace photographer Drew Phillips was staked out on both 17 Mile Drive and the PCH to get photos of all the historic machinery. Be sure to hop into the gallery and have a look.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Britt Benston
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are some things money can't buy. And right now it's hard to care about those things.
      Alfa Pete
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is the white car in the first photo? Looks vaguely Facel-Vega-ish, but lacking the good proportions.
        King of Eldorado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Alfa Pete
        Yeah, I could take a guess at many of the others, but that one stumped me too. According to another website, it's a 1954 Pegaso Z-102 Saoutchik Coupe. Great photos, Drew; I hope it's OK to include this link: http://www.sportscardigest.com/pebble-beach-tour-delegance-2013-photo-gallery/9/
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish there were labels to tell what we are looking at, but I appreciate the photos anyway.
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      • 1 Year Ago
      AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO GOES INSANE OVER PHOTOS W/ NO LABEL OR CAPTIONS? --- or are they there someplace I have overlooked? I am pretty good at recognizing almost any car of the past 60 years, but the white car that leads off the article stumps me -- it spoils these articles for me, as I have commented for the past 2 or more years. I tried right-click/save to see if the photos save as the name of the car, but they do not
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you Drew for all the photos...you are very good at getting sharp cars in panning shots. Even though I have never been to that area of California, it has been the place I have wanted to move to for the past three years...your photos only confirm those feelings.