The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance 2013 was held Thursday, August 15th, starting and ending at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California. The 16th annual scenic 88-mile trip around the Monterey Peninsula, held in association with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, was open to vehicles that are participating in the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours on Sunday, August 18th. This year saw over 150 historic automobiles take off from Pebble Beach for a tour of the region’s scenic driving routes.
Begun in 1998 to showcase the elegance of the automobile in motion, the Tour also underscores the early history of the place that is Pebble Beach. Decades before golf links were laid out along the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this area was known for its scenic drive, winding for miles through pine and cypress forest, dancing alongside dramatic cliffs and leading, ultimately, to a beautiful crescent-shaped bay.
“The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex underscores the fact that cars are meant to be driven,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “The Tour is the perfect way to experience the elegance of the automobile in motion.”
Two separate starts grouped the cars together as they set off across the start line, past the Pebble Beach Lodge and on to the famous 17-Mile Drive. For the first time in 10 years, this year’s running of the Tour included a lap around the track at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. After the track, the Tour continued through the region’s valleys, hills, forests and dramatic cliff sides, touching on California Highway 1 in the direction of Big Sur until participants hit their turn-around destination at the Ripplewood Resort. Tour participants enjoyed a gourmet lunch in Carmel-by-the-Sea, plus a champagne celebration at the finish and commemorative gifts.
As mentioned, the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance was open to all entrants in the 2013 edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It is important to note that the Tour and the Concours are directly linked. If two vehicles tie in class competition at the Concours, the vehicle that successfully completed the Tour gets the nod.
Similar to our coverage of the 2010 Tour, 2011 Tour and 2012 Tour, Senior Photographer Tim Scott also documented the 2013 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. He offers the following stunning images that show the wonderful and diverse selection of cars entered in the Concours, plus the breathtaking views of the Monterey Peninsula and Pacific Coast seen on the Tour. We split up Tim’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Tim, visit fluidimages.co.uk.