Tire meets turf at Pebble Beach Aug. 15

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Tire meets turf every third Sunday in August at the famed eighteenth fairway at Pebble Beach in California when 175 of the world's most prized collector cars and motorcycles gather for the Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance. This year the date is Aug. 15, and as usual, thousands of enthusiasts are expected to be on hand for the pomp and pageantry as the select grouping of automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, technical merit and style.

In honor of the 100 year anniversary of Alfa Romeo, this year's Concours will celebrate the marque and the founding of its Italian auto manufacturer, Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili. Showcased will be vehicles ranging from a 1910 A.L.F.A. 24 HP to the just-unveiled Alfa Romeo Pandion show car created by Bertone to mark the centennial. Included will be a display of rarely seen cars from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo (the Alfa Romeo Museum) in Arese, Italy. The Museo Storico Alfa Romeo is shipping seven vehicles for display at the Concours.

Pierce-Arrow and Jaguar will also be featured to celebrate the designs of Ghia. The event will also welcome Hot Rods, particularly lakesters and Bonneville racers, back to the show field, as well as Indy Cars, and the second annual class of motorcycles, focusing on classic American bikes built prior to 1960. Expect additional features and special classes.

For some participants of the lavish event, getting there is part of the glory. While many are shipped by plane, boat or commercial transport, many are driven. This year a Mercedes well into its second century will be among the cars taking on the challenge of the open road.

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This 1902 Mercedes Simplex is winding its way to Pebble Beach to compete in the Concours.

A 28-horsepower 1902 Mercedes Simplex-the oldest car still on the road today to bear the Mercedes name-will travel a winding 1,500 miles around mountains, through valleys and along the ocean on its way to compete in the Pebble Beach Concours. It will be one of about two dozen cars participating in the 2010 Pebble Beach Motoring Classic, the ultimate road trip for gracefully aged yet still-very-adept automobiles.

Now in its sixth year, the Motoring Classic is reserved for cars that are past or present Pebble Beach Concours entrants or that command an elegance befitting the Concours. The nine-day event began in Seattle on Aug. 3, and includes a journey around the east side of Mount St. Helens, along the Columbia River Gorge and down the Pacific coast before arriving in time for Pebble Beach Automotive Week.

In mid-July, a 1939 Rolls-Royce Phantom III, called "Ovid," was also winding its way towards California from Philadelphia. The roundabout route includes a trip north to the Rolls-Royce Owners Club Annual Meet in Toronto, Canada, around Lake Superior, down through the Great Plains, up and over the Rockies in Colorado, and into the high deserts of Utah and Nevada before finally arriving at Pebble Beach around Aug. 10.

You can follow the journeys of both the 1902 Mercedes and the 1939 Rolls-Royce on the Pebble Beach Concour d'Elegance Facebook page.

If planning to attend the Pebble Beach event on Aug. 15, the field opens at dawn to entrants. Judging commences at 9 a.m., the field opens to spectators at 10:30 a.m. and awards are presented from 1:30-5:30 p.m.

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