Finally! The weekend can begin. Yes, Thursday is a few days early to label a weekend's beginning, but considering we are at the world's greatest assembly of automobiles in Monterey, CA we think its quite acceptable.
The official start to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance starts every year with a "running of the bulls" like event - minus pedestrians getting run over. Entry cars for Sunday's main event are offered a chance to parade their vehicles in a 60-mile jaunt around the Monterey Peninsula.
With a show filed as diverse as the Pebble Beach Concours, you can expect to see rarities that have only brought books to life.
Meguiar's PR director, RJ De Vera, my host made our way down to the city of Carmel-by-the-Sea to grab some breakfast and snag a prime location to wittiness the tour take over and shut down Ocean Ave. As the whistles shrieked in the distance signifying the cars arrival, we grew anxious, as we didn't know exactly what would be roar past us.
A Porsche 911 2.7L RS grumbled by my lens, then a few rare Ferraris shrilled by the crowd, several dozen antique (pre-1920s) puttered past under their own power. All to the cheers and delight of thousands of enthusiasts lining both sides of the streets.
Mercedes-Benz had pulled out all the stops pulling into the small coastal town with four premium vehicles. Their SLS AMG Black Series was flanked by a freshly restored late 1950s 300SL Gull Wing followed immediately by two hand built race cars from the early 1900s for Prince Heinrich.
As the streets filled with legendary vehicles the crowd swarmed in to get as close as possible to the cars of their dreams. We'd be lying if we said we weren't as giddy as school girls catching a glimpse of Justin Beiber... but we'll stick to the lie.