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At the 2013 Tour d’Elegance, launching the competition at Pebble Beach

August 15, 2013

Almost two decades ago, one of the participants of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance had the idea of putting the cars on the road beforehand, in a one-day rally to demonstrate that the priceless machines competing for honors weren't just shiny metal furniture and museum pieces. Today, the 19th Tour d'Elegance launched from its starting point on 17-Mile Road in Pebble Beach, in a thundercloud of smoke, revs and power. Here's the start for those who couldn't join us live today; remember to check back this Sunday for coverage of the show itself — and to find out how our own Alex Lloyd fared on his ride up front.