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Pebble Beach, 13 August 2009.

The Tour de Pebble Beach is a scenic touring rally for the participants in the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and takes place during the Thursday preceding the main event. As entries are kept a closely guarded secret, this is the first opportunity that aficionados get to see most of the spectacular offerings that will delight their eyes on the lawn on Sunday. The early, usually misty, start from the Equestrian Centre at Pebble Beach doesn't always show them in their best light, but as the day warms up they can be seen in their full glory.

Unfortunately an early start for the FCA Pacific Region Concours, precluded attendance of the start, but by making a hasty exit from the concours at lunchtime, it was possible to catch them at their lunch stop in Carmel, where for the second time in three days, after the Concours On The Avenue on the Tuesday, Ocean Avenue was a sea of people amidst which were some delectable examples of the automobile art form. The featured marque for 2009 was Bentley, and their was a wide selection of predominantly pre-war models gathered, ranging from a 1922 3 litre Park Ward Tourer, through the famous “Blowers” from the thirties, the Derby models to the swooping post-war Continentals. The Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta was another feature for 2009, as were the centenaries of Audi, Bugatti and Morgan, with a fine selection of their products present. As mentioned the enormous crowds virtually swamped the cars, but it gave a mouth watering insight of what to expect when the concours gates opened on Sunday morning.

Keith Bluemel