Rolex honours past and present at the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance

Rolex honours past and present at the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance

22.08.2016: ...and Concours d'Elegance With a seaside chill in the air 150 cars set off on the world-renowned Pebble

...and Concours d'Elegance
 



With a seaside chill in the air 150 cars set off on the world-renowned Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex on Thursday.


While recent local forest fires altered the Tour’s traditional route, participants and car aficionados turned out in droves to witness the world’s most beautiful vintage and modern day supercars in action. It is this appreciation for the past and its inherent values that binds Rolex so closely together with the world of classic cars.


On Portola Road, the gentle hum of engines peppered by the occasional roar provided the melodious soundtrack to the start of the Tour as some of the greatest classics of all time coughed and sputtered their way over the start line, to the delight of entrants and spectators alike.


 Leaving Pebble Beach® behind, this moving motoring museum weaved its way around the Monterey Peninsula’s picturesque coastal roads, tracing part of the historic 17-Mile Drive® lined with Californian pine and cypress trees.


As the sun tried to break through the clouds, the motorcade paused for a gourmet lunch in the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, allowing both locals and international visitors to catch a glimpse of the vehicles up close as they dazzled and glistened on Ocean Avenue.




 Spectators were also keen to see some of motor sport’s most celebrated drivers, such as Formula One’s Sir Stirling Moss, in the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupé.
 

The cars finally came to rest on Sunday on the famed 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links® joined by a further 78 vehicles for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®.


This magnificent competition, which marks the denouement of the Pebble Beach Automotive Week™, is the pinnacle of Concours events around the world, where excellence triumphs over speed.




Connoisseurs gather to admire these masterpieces, not only savouring the beauty and elegance of some of the most prized automobiles and motorcycles in the world but also enjoying the company of others who share their passion for them.

 
The 2016 running of the Concours commemorated BMW’s 100-year anniversary; on display as part of the German manufacturer’s hand-picked selection was Elvis Presley’s BMW 507, making its public debut after a two-year-long restoration.


Each and every one of the 228 vehicles invited to roll on to the fairway was in immaculate condition, the perfect reflection of their owners’ labour of love.


It is with this same care and attention to detail that Rolex creates its own precious timepieces – making the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 the perfect reward for the Concours’ most coveted prize of all, the Best of Show Award.

 
This year’s winner was the 1936 Lancia Asturia Pinin Farina Cabriolet, one of six similar cars built for a Lancia dealer in Biella, Italy.


This particular vehicle, which once belonged to guitarist Eric Clapton, has undergone two complete restorations, the most recent one taking five years, and now resides with its owner Richard Mattei in Paradise Valley, Arizona.           

     

At the closing of this mesmerizing week, The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Chairman, Sandra Button, commented: “The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the grand finale of Pebble Beach Automotive Week.


We started in motor sports and now celebrate all of our motoring heritage, where excellence and elegance are in abundance. To have a prestigious brand such as Rolex so intricately involved as the Official Timepiece is testament to the event’s position as the pinnacle of Concours events around the world”.


Encapsulating speed, endurance and elegance, both the prestigious Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance perfectly embody Rolex’s values and demonstrate why the leading brand of the Swiss watch industry became the Official Timepiece of the Concours in 1997 and presenting sponsor of the Tour in 2007.

 




Virginie Chevailler,Sophie Stansfield - photos Rolex

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