The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance 2018 was held Thursday, August 23rd, starting and ending at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California. The 21st annual picturesque trip around the Monterey Peninsula was open to vehicles participating in the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 26th. This year saw over 175 historic automobiles take off from Pebble Beach for a tour of 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.
Two separate starts grouped the cars together as they set off across the Portola Road start line, past the Pebble Beach Lodge and on to the famous 17-Mile Drive. After leaving 17-mile Drive, the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance 2018 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 presented by Rolex was open to all entrants in the 2018 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 car that successfully completed the Tour gets the nod.
Similar to 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Sports Car Digest also documented the 2018 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, with photographer Richard Michael Owen offering the following stunning pictures that show a selection of cars entered in the Concours.
Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance 2018 – Photo Gallery (photos: Richard Michael Owen)
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[Source: Pebble Beach Concours; photos: Richard Michael Owen]