Concours greats brave damp Pebble Beach Tour

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Grey skies and constant drizzle greeted early risers for the Pebble Beach Tour on August 14, but it didn't deter most owners as the sensational group of Ferrari 250 Testa Rossas led the first batch along 17-Mile Drive.

Twelve of the famous '50s sports prototypes took part, including the time-warp '57 Le Mans 0704TR of Tom Hartley Jr, and Lord Bamfod's '0752' from the UK. Twenty will feature in an amazing group at the concours on Sunday.

The diverse group also included the featured Tatra Class with two rare T77s. None were more relived to be running than Czech Pavel Kasik (below), who went to amazing lengths to get his freshly restored 1936 Aerodynamic Limousine to Pebble Beach.

"We've worked around the clock to get it finished, and after shipping it to the East Coast we trucked it across the States. We only arrived yesterday," said Kasik.

Other highlights of the tour, which ran to Laguna Seca and down Highway 1 to Big Sur were a matching pair of Hispano-Suiza J12 Coupe de Ville with Fernandez et Darrin bodywork from the Robert Lee Collection.

Of the 'Best of Show' favourites, it was great to see Michael Kadoorie's newly finished 1939 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS Pourtont Coupé (below) running in the rain. Making its debut after years locked away in secret storage in Long Beach, the Talbot's English restoration  team will have to work all hours to clean it for Sunday.  No European restored car has yet to win the premier concours but this is tipped to be the first.

Another favourite, John McCaw's 1929 Saoutchick-bodied Drophead Coupé – also a UK restoration effort – wasn't on the run. 

Maserati A6 Zagato Coupe leads Delage and Alfa Romeo 1750 on 17-Mile Drive. 

James Glickenhaus' 1967 Ferrari Dino 206 Pininfarina Coupe.

Jerry Rosenstock's '56 Osca Spider is dwarfed by General Lyon's massive Mercedes 770K.

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