The great majority of visitors at Sunday's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance satisfied their automotive appetites by strolling for hours among 200+ automotive jewels set on display alongside the Pacific Ocean. Not so for the Dawn Patrol โ€” hundreds of donut-eating, coffee-sipping, sometimes freezing car geeks โ€” who arrived at 6am and were not satisfied until they witnessed that these prized vehicles โ€” some considered works of art โ€” are indeed self-propelled. (credit video & photo: Javier Mota, Autos 0-60)

The Dawn Patrol dates back some 20 years, when the Hagerty classic car insurance folks began handing out hats, coffee and donuts to the diehard car lovers. In case you overslept and missed the action, be sure to check out eBay where you may find someone willing to sacrifice an official hat.

Here's a great shot of the 2013 Dawn Patrol at the Pebble Beach Concours. (credit: John Lamm)


Video & cover photo credit: Javier Mota, Autos 0-60