Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance Route Has Been Revised
The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 18, has been rerouted to avoid any possibility that it might hinder firefighters in their efforts to fight the wildfire now burning in the Ventana wilderness to the east of Big Sur.
“We are very sensitive to the limited resources of our community and responsive to its needs, so we have been working closely with CalFire, the California Highway Patrol and other officials to find the best possible route for the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance,” said Sandra Button, Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with which the Tour is affiliated.
The revised route will limit the use of public roads, avoiding Highway One, Carmel Valley Road and the Highway 68 corridor wherever possible.
“Thankfully, we can still offer our entrants the opportunity to take their cars out on the road, tracing the spectacularly scenic 17-Mile Drive through Pebble Beach,” said Button. “And we are committed to sharing these cars with the public, without fee, on Ocean Avenue in Carmel.”
A map of the revised route will be posted on the Pebble Beach Concours website early this coming week.
Here is what you need to know about the Revised Tour:
The Tour will begin at 9 am, not 8 am, on August 18.
The Tour route will cover 37 scenic miles—about half the length of our normal tour—on local roads with speeds that average about 30 miles per hour.
Regrettably, we cannot include nearby highways where cars can get up to higher speeds.
The Tour will still pause for lunch on Ocean Avenue in Carmel from 11:30 am to 2 pm.
Because we know that some cars, particularly race cars, may not function well on this abbreviated route and may have to withdraw because of that, we are removing the normal judging advantage for the Concours gained by cars that complete the Tour.
If you want to learn more about the Soberanes Wildfire, we suggest you go to http://bigsurkate.wordpress.com
The Concours Team