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The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance celebrates the Mercedes-Benz SSKL streamlined racing car from 1932: this milestone in automotive his- tory will be on the road for the first time during the drive for outstanding classics on Thursday, August 15. Mercedes-Benz Classic has spared no expense in having the vehicle reconstruct- ed in celebration of the “125 Years of Motor- sport” anniversary. Alongside the unique SSKL, an elegant Mercedes- Benz 320 n combination coupe (W 142) from 1938 will also take part in the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. A dream car on a dream road: starting at 7 a.m., the participating vehicles line up on the Portola Road in Pebble Beach. From 9 a.m., the exclusive drive begins, leading to Carmel- by-the-Sea. This tour of significant classics will arrive back at Pebble Beach around 2 p.m. The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance partially follows the legendary 17 Mile Drive coastal route along California’s Monterey peninsula. Tradition of luxurious sportiness At the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge, the brand presents topics including its origins, tradition of luxury and the “125 Years of Motorsport” an- niversary. The lounge will be accessible at Peb- ble Beach during August 15 to 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Key topics in the history of the oldest luxury car brand in the world are brought to life, from 1886 into the future. The central “Origins” exhibition area displays an authentic replica of the Benz Patent-Mo- torwagen – representing the birth of the car in 1886 from the spirit of innovation. The Mer- cedes-Simplex 40 hp from 1903 is a representa- tive from the family of the first modern cars in the world and as a high-performance vehicle of its time. The upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC Edition 1886 – much like the Mercedes-Sim- plex, almost 120 years before it – symbolizes the beginning of a new era of mobility and car- ries the values and strengths of Mercedes-Benz into the future. The “Luxury” area stands for the tradition of the highest standards in equipment, comfort, per- formance and design. Here, the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge bridges the gap from the current Mercedes-Maybach luxury top models to the Maybach DS 8 Cabriolet from 1932. “125 Years of Motorsport” anniversary year A clear focus of Mercedes-Benz presence at Pebble Beach is the “125 Years of Motorsport” milestone anniversary. One of the stars is, of course, the Mercedes- Benz SSKL streamlined racing car. On August 15, spectators will expe- rience its premiere on a public road. As an exhi- bition in the Star Lounge, the aerodynamically bodied racing car meets the Daimler two-cylin- der V-engine, which represents the beginning of motorsport. Vehicles equipped with engines of this type won the first racing car competition 125 years ago – the race from Paris to Rouen on July 22, 1894. Further automotive highlights from 125 Years of Motorsport in the Star Lounge include a Mercedes-Benz 3-liter W 154 Formula racing car from 1939, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR rac- ing sports car (W 196 S) from 1955, a Sauber- Mercedes C 9 Group-C racing sports car from 1989 and the Penske-Mercedes PC-23 IndyCar from 1994. A comprehensive presentation of the latest high- performance vehicles by Mer- cedes-AMG rounds off this motorsport tradi- tion. Magic moments in California The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is one of the most noteworthy dates on the worldwide calendar of automotive classic events. This competition for automotive elegance has been held since 1950 – then with new vehicles and in association with the Pebble Beach Road Race. Since 1955, collector cars have been the focus of the Concours d’Elegance. Today, the Concours, in which around 200 exquisite cars from all around the world take part, is the conclusion and highlight of the Peb- ble Beach Automotive Week with its compre- hensive program. The actual competition and award presentation at the 18th hole of the Peb- ble Beach Golf Links takes place on Sunday August 18, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.