Experiencing the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - a costly bucket list item for most classic car enthusiasts - is now within the means of anyone reading this post. Live online video streaming of the elegantly orchestrated car show will be available to smart phone, computer and tablet owners free of charge this Sunday (August 18) beginning at 1:30 pm Eastern time.
Additionally, the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance, an 88-mile rally featuring many of the show vehicles and led by racing great Stirling Moss, will be streamed live on Thursday, August 15, at 10:30 am Eastern time. [See below for a 12-minute video clip from the start of that Tour.]
Here's a link to Sunday's viewing site, where you can visit now to watch recorded videos of the just-completed car Tour and last year's Concours award ceremony. Exclusive coverage is provided by Yahoo! Autos - with commentary by Justin Hyde, Keith Martin and Alex Lloyd - and other than one 30-second commercial, there are no annoying ads.
So, for whatever reason you give for not attending the grandaddy of American car shows - such as not having a clean shirt to wear - be sure to bookmark http://bit.ly/18vTq7i to experience an awards presentation and display of cars unlike any other you've seen before.
Car nut Jay Leno routinely volunteers to help with fundraising aspects of the concours, which last year raised more than $1.2 million to benefit of dozens of Monterey County charitable organizations.
The screen shot to the left is from the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours video stream. Stirling Moss, in his capacity as a car judge, is escorted by one of the fashion models who add a much appreciated display of elegance to the awards ceremony. Models also present ribbons and awards to car owners as they drive to the elevated podium area, where they are interviewed by the master of ceremonies and acknowledged by spectators.