A wildfire that has been burning in the hills near Big Sur on Northern California’s spectacular coastline for close to a month put a damper on the 2016 Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance. It was shortened to thirty-five miles from its usual seventy and traveled north this year on the majestic Seventeen-Mile Drive next to the ocean. The tour was established in the recent past as a way to demonstrate the road worthiness of the cars, to add a spectacular drive for the entrants along the California coastline, and give the public a view of the sensational assortment of entries in the Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance.
Only around one hundred of the two-hundred and fifty entries participated in this year’s shortened Tour and the run will not affect Class or Best of Show judging this year in the Concours D’Elegance in the event of a tie due to the necessary change. The tour did travel a bit south to Carmel-By-The-Sea for the traditional lunch stop in a park and a public exposition of the cars on Ocean Avenue. The tour ended after a short run north on Seventeen Mile Drive back to Pebble Beach.
Today Richard Michael Owen’s photography work of the tour is being featured. Richard operates Owen Automotive Canada that is located in Sidney, British Columbia. You can look back on his photography work in the past at both Pebble Beach and Amelia Island.
Look for more coverage soon by Jennifer Strong, and photographers Steve Natale and Richard Owen.
- The lead image shows 1953 Delahaye 235 MS Coupe with coachwork by Chapron. Delahaye is a featured marque at the Concours D’Elegance this year.
- Leslie Kendall Curator of the Peterson Museum is driving this extraordinary 1938 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi.
- Rich Fass of the Stone Barn restoration shop and a Delahaye with custom coachwork in the transporter parking lot before the tour.
- George Holman’s 1932 Stutz DV32 Phaeton.
- Miller Ford V-8 Indy racing car, part of a special group of two-man Indianapolis racing cars that are featured this year.
- French Voisin C-25 sedan staged for the start of the tour.
- A Duesenberg Model “J” Convertible Coupe leaving the grounds of the Lodge at Pebble Beach.
- 1902 Delahaye Tonneau.
- 1936 Lancia Astura Pininfarina Cabriolet.
- A Jaguar XKE racing car and a Model “J” Duesenberg.
- A study of an exquisite and beautifully finished drivers compartment.
- A Derby Bentley followed by an open Packard.
- A study in contrasts, a Ferrari, and Locomobile Model 48 Sportif that completed the Pebble Beach Road Tour down the coast from Washington State.
- Bugatti Tourer on Seventeen-Mile Drive.
- A distinctive Pierce-Arrow coupe and a Chrysler Town and Country finish the Tour D’Elegance.
- Alfa Romeo 6C with Supperleggera coachwork.
- Mike Bauman’s Martz Hudson Eight Special Indianapolis racing car.
- Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet.
- Maybach DS 8 Zeppelin.
- Ford GT 40’s dsplayed on transporters at 2016 Pebble Beach Concours.
- A Packard town car and a Rolls Royce returning from the Tour.