Article and Photography by Joel Chan (PhotosWithJoel).
Monterey Car Week was a culmination of the world’s most sophisticated car show, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and daily classic car auctions held by the likes of RM, Mecum, Rick Cole, Russo and Steele, Bonhams and the Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding & Company, which drew over $400 million in sales. Numerous road and cruise events took place as well with an abundance of class and manufacturer specific events to appease even the most scrupulous collector. This was truly the premier classic and vintage automobile and motorcycle event of 2014.
Over the next few days, through our lens, we will be recounting the various tours, auctions and VIP events that define the experience of Monterey Car Week. On tap will be Bonhams Auction House at Quail Lodge, RM Auctions and The Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding and Company. Be sure to check out our Introduction Overview of Monterey Car Week and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where approximately 200 collector cars and motorcycles from pre-war and post-war eras came together to be judged for their historical accuracy, technical merit and style in what has grown into the top ranking car competition in the world.
Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
Long before Pebble Beach was famous for golfing and country clubs, it was highly regarded by driving enthusiasts for its winding roads that went on for miles through scenic pine and cypress forests, dancing along dramatic cliffs and leading to a beautiful crescent-shaped bay. The Tour d’Elegance allows course participants to trace portions of the original road over mountains and through beautiful valleys pausing for a time to enjoy Carmel by the Sea. The 2014 Tour once again included a lap around Mazda raceway Laguna Seca. The Tour d’Elegance, which is open to all entrants of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, includes a catered gourmet lunch, a champagne celebration at the checkered flag and special commemorative gifts for all who finish. In the event of a tie during the Tour scoring, successful completion of the Tour d’Elegance may act as a tie-breaker.