More Photos of the 2014 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

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  • 1929 Bentley Speed Six Cabriolet, coachwork by Saoutchik.

Yesterday we covered the wet start of the popular Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, but as the morning went on the mist stopped, and it dried out for the rest of the event. The Tour starts near the Lodge at Pebble Beach on 17-Mile Drive and heads inland and east on its way to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, for a lap around the race course. Next the run heads into the hills on its way over to the picturesque Carmel Valley and then back out to the coast.

The best-open road portion of the tour is the pleasing ride down to Big Sur and back on Highway 1, which is also called the Cabrillo Highway. The area is known for its spectacular scenery with the Santa Lucia Mountains rising up out of the Pacific Ocean and make for a perfect backdrop for car photography. Many thanks again to Steve Natale, who took and shared these images with us of some of the pre-war cars on that portion of the run.

You can watch video of the awards presentation here at The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance website.

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  •                    Rolls-Royce – Model J Duesenberg – Crane-Simplex
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  •           Vintage Bentley – American Underslung – Hispano-Suiza
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  •                  Cord Sportsman – Rolls-Royce- Vintage Bentley
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  • 1908 48-h.p. Daimler.

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A Soggy Start for the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

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  • Jay Leno pilots a White Steam Car.

The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance started off on Thursday morning under an overcast sky, and mist at the beginning of the ninety-mile run. Steve Natale was there at the start and sent along these photos of some of the pre-war cars departing on their run. Look for more of Steve’s images that he took out on the Coast of the run down to Big Sur and back and more coverage tomorrow.

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  •          Ruxton Roadster – Delaunay-Belleville – Stanley Steam Car

There are special classes this year for early steam cars and the Ruxton, and a number of both can be seen here. Interesting vehicles seen here at the tour start are a large Delaunay-Belleville with dual rear wheels, the first Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn and a Pierce-Arrow limousine. You can see a video produced of the event here that shows more highlights of the tour. Learn about the Peterson Museum’s Ruxton tour run here and see images of their day. You can view more of Steve Natale’s work here.

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  •                        Rolls-Royce – Pierce-Arrow – White Steam Car
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  • A Ruxton that the restoration of was finished only days before the event.

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Chauffeur Peter Christian Wick and a Pair of White Steam Cars


While a number of White Steam Cars are converged at Pebble Beach on the West Coast for the Concours, today we have a pair of photos of the Steamer’s that Peter Christian Wick drove for his employers here on the East Coast. He first worked for Richard P. Hart from March of 1903 to September of 1906 and then for George Howe for a little over a year until January of 1908. Both were in the New York City area.

The photo above would have to date to the time when he was working for George Howe. Based on the time frame that he drove for him and its appearance, this limousine maybe either a 1907 or 1908 model. If you can help to date it and tell us what model it is, please send us a comment.

The photo below has a notation on the back as having been taken on January 1, 1905, at Coney Island. It appears to be a 15-h.p. Model E that was introduced for the 1905 model year. This car he drove for Richard P. Hart. You can see both the Rainier he later drove and also a Fiat here.


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A New England Classic – The Historic Festival 32 at Lime Rock Park


One of the most enjoyable of all vintage racing and concours events in the country, the Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park will celebrate its 32nd edition, two weeks from now on Labor Day weekend. The Honored Guest this year is Sir Stirling Moss, and you can meet him at the track located in one of the most-picturesque areas of New England, Northwestern Connecticut.

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The Festival starts on Thursday with a vintage and race car parade on the scenic roads of the surrounding towns and ends up with a gathering for all in the center of quaint Falls Village. Track practice and qualifying races run on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday is reserved for the respected Concours. The event will include both racing and street-driven cars along with an impressive selection of vehicles from Ralph Lauren as he has been chosen as Honored Collector of the year.

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The Concours, named Sunday in the Park, will include up to 250 rare and desirable cars that will be displayed along the entire half-mile front straight of the race track. Also of interest is the Gathering of the Marques that attracts over 700 cars to the event by car clubs and private owners from all over the Northeast, that will line the entire length of the rest of the picturesque 1.5-mile race course.

In the video above, Skip Barber and Chief Festival Organizer Murray Smith discuss just what the event is all about and what it encompasses. You can view scenes showing some the exciting racing action you can expect to see there along with the cars from Ralph Lauren’s Collection that will be on display.

Monday starts with the running of the feature races with more than 300 cars in nine different races with morning and afternoon sessions separated by a break for lunch. You will see some of the most desirable and interesting vintage competition cars to be found anywhere racing wheel-to-wheel on the challenging circuit. Expect to see everything from pre-war racing cars to exciting post-war competition machines, the newest that date to the mid-1970s. You can learn all of the details here at Lime Rock Park.

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