Dawn Patrol at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

This much automotive beauty, in one place, in the early morning California sun, is almost too much to aesthetic pleasure to handle.

Often described as the Kentucky Derby of car shows, The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is automotive opulence in its purest form. Millions of dollars’ worth of the rarest cars known to man descend on to the lawn at The Lodge at dawn to take their place for the daylong exhibition. Owners and enthusiasts are in equally top form, dressed to the nines in three-piece suits, designer dresses or period dress to match their century-old automobiles.

Names like Ferrari, Maserati, Bugatti, Bentley and Rolls-Royce are in the dozens, and even rarer Pierce Arrows, Duesenbergs and an Isotta Fraschini are also welcomed as entrants. The only thing that trumps the dollar count of these incredible time capsules is their unquantifiable beauty. As the cars parade on to the lawn during the traditional Dawn Patrol, the warm California sun rises over the hills to highlight and intensify every curve and detail that makes them so desirable. And though only one car wins Best in Show, every car in attendance is worthy of the spotlight.

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