New Concorso Arizona, largest Corvette festival featured

Unique 1961 Ferrari 250 GT 'aerodynamique' highlight's Lime Rock's annual festival | Lime Rock Historic
Unique 1961 Ferrari 250 GT ‘aerodynamico’ highlights Lime Rock’s annual festival | Lime Rock Historic

A new collector car celebration, Concorso Arizona, has been announced to take place at the start of the Scottsdale/Phoenix area’s annual week of collection car auctions, shows and events in January. The inaugural event was announced last week at the Russo and Steele collector car auction in Monterey, California; the auction house is based in Scottsdale.

The Concorso, organized by Scuderia Southwest, will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Casino and Resort on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community just east of Scottsdale.

Concorso Arizona will deviate from the style of Concorso Italiano, which took place Saturday in Seaside, California, by including a full palate of car brands and nationalities besides Italian, including several American car classes, and those for Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, British marques, Japanese, something they’re calling “Ultra Fringe” for various oddball models, and several others.

Italian vehicles expected to show include those from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and DeTomaso.

Corvettes cruise through downtown Carlisle
Corvettes cruise through downtown Carlisle

For the past four years, the Scottsdale/Phoenix collector car events have opened with the Arizona Concours d’Elegance at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort. But the Arizona Concours for January 2018 has been canceled, although it possibly could resume the following year.

For information about Concorso Arizona, visit the event website.

Calling itself the largest and most fun-filled Corvette event in the world, the annual Corvettes at Carlisle will feature more than 5,000 Chevrolet Corvettes representing all generations of America’s favorite sports car when it starts from Friday and runs through Sunday at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Besides the massive show of Corvettes, events include such things as autocross and burnout competitions, a swap meet and all-Corvette Corral, and a huge parade through downtown Carlisle.

Sponsored by Corvette America, the show is open to all Corvette enthusiasts and their cars. For information, visit the event website.

1905 Rolls-Royce SIlver Ghost
1905 Rolls-Royce SIlver Ghost

Great Britain’s longest-running professionally judged concours, Salon Privé, has announced the full list of entries for its Thursday, August 31 show on the lawns of Blenheim Palace near Woodstock in the U.K.

Historic Aston Martins to mark the illustrious brand’s 100th anniversary will be featured, along with one of the oldest surviving Roll-Royces in existence, a 1905 Silver Ghost; the unique 1960 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM Pininfarina Superflow IV; and many others in the magnificent setting.

For information and the list of entries, visit the event website.

Ferrari’s 70th anniversary will be celebrated September 3 at the Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. Held during the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival, the concours will feature a special Tifosi Fantasy class of rare road and racing Ferrari models.

Leading the pack from Modena will be a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione Speciale, a one-off alloy “aerodynamico” coupe by Pininfarina, built on 250 short-wheelbase chassis in the rare Comp61 specification.

For information, visit the event website.

Europe’s largest gathering of the Porsche tribe, Classics at the Castle, will take place September 3 at Hedingham Castle in Halstead, Essex, in the U.K. The show features the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911S, with a castle-driveway display of 50 examples in chronological order.

For information, visit the event website.

Cruising in to Carmel, Indiana
Caddy rolls into Carmel, Indiana

More concours and events

Carmel Artomobilia, an automotive street festival in the Arts and Design District of Carmel, Indiana, takes place Saturday. For information, visit the event website.

The Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance, an exclusive display of cars, airplanes and motorcycles, will happen Saturday in Englewood, Colorado. For information, visit the event website.

The two-day Autofest Nationals will be held Saturday and Sunday at Lakewood Park in Oshawa, Ontario. For information, visit the event website.

The Concours of Elegance, a moveable feast of vintage vehicles that circulates around Great Britain’s revered castles, returns to Hampton Court Palace on September 3 for a show of 60 rare cars from around the world. For information, visit the event website.

Porsches reign but Ferrari wins at Carmel Concours

A fleet of Porsche 356 Speedsters attracts a crowd | Bob Golfen photos
A fleet of Porsche 356 Speedsters attracts a crowd | Bob Golfen photos

Porsches, Porsches everywhere. The booming popularity of nearly everybody’s favorite German sports car was powerfully evident Tuesday at the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel, California, an event considered to be the launch of Monterey Car Week.

Definitely the most-represented marque by far, Porsches packed the shady streets of the upscale burg – 911s by the score, including many intriguing customs and all-out race cars, plus an impressive collection of the earlier 356 models, with a gaggle of Speedsters, plenty of coupes and cabriolets, and an absolutely stunning 1951 356 coupe in dark maroon, a survivor from the early days of Porsche. Continue reading

Events: Milwaukee Concours, big rigs at Carlisle, Minis in the UK

People's Choice last year at Milwaukee Concours, the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette concept| Milwaukee Concours
People’s Choice last year at Milwaukee Concours, the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette concept| Milwaukee Concours

The events of the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance unfold this weekend for two days of old-car fun at Veterans Park on the waterfront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On Saturday, cruise in for the open Show & Glow by the Lake, take part in the Motor Tour for vintage vehicles and enjoy the annual Style and Speed Social. Continue reading

Events: Concours, Cadillacs and motorsports champions

The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance | Hilton Head Island Concours
The 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept car is expected for the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance | Hilton Head Island Concours

The 39th annual Concours d’Elegance of America, which actually comprises a weekend of 15 events, will host about 300 rare collector cars from around the world from July 28 through July 30 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Featured marques for the main-event concours, which takes place on Sunday, July 30, are Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and Shelby Cobra, while the featured coachbuilder is Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena and the featured body styles are boattail classics, hypercar exotics and Jet Age Juniors. Continue reading

Concours and events: Hillsborough’s 61st consecutive year

Last year's Hillsborough Concours best of show winner was a 1958 BMW 503 Cabriolet | Hillsborough Concours
Last year’s Hillsborough Concours best of show winner was a 1958 BMW 503 Cabriolet | Hillsborough Concours

The Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in Burlingame, California, in the Bay area, is one of the oldest in the U.S., holding its 61st annual classic car weekend July 15-16. That’s just a few years short of the granddaddy of them all, the Pebble Beach Concours that marks its 67th year in August.

But Hillsborough claims the prize as the longest continually running concours in the world, never missing a year since its founding in 1956. Pebble has missed several years along the way due to inclement weather. Continue reading

Concours and events: Bloomington Gold’s Corvette party

Bloomington Gold's parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold
Bloomington Gold’s parade of Corvettes | Bloomington Gold

Bloomington Gold, the longest-running all-Corvette show in the nation, stages three days of events Thursday through Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, featuring judging for prestigious awards, an autocross and other competitions, and Corvette laps around the iconic Brickyard oval.

Corvette enthusiasts from all over the world are expected to attend the gathering, which has been held every year since 1973. Since then, Bloomington Gold has become the benchmark for Corvette excellence with intensive judging to the highest standards for Corvettes vying to achieve Bloomington Gold Certification ratings for authenticity. Continue reading

Concours and Events: Hershey, The Great Race coming up

A pre-war Mercedes-Benz SSK roadster at last year's Elegance at Hershey | Elegance at Hershey
A pre-war Mercedes-Benz SSK roadster at last year’s Elegance at Hershey | Elegance at Hershey

The three-day Elegance at Hershey weekend takes place in the Pennsylvania chocolate capital from Friday through Sunday at the Hotel Hershey, featuring vintage race car hill climbs, a Cars and Coffee get together and a full-blown concours d’elegance.

The Grand Ascent hill climb pits an array of historic competition cars racing against the clock and each other. The raucous racing takes place Friday and Saturday on a serpentine back road behind the hotel, with plenty of locations for spectators as well as tickets available to ride along. Continue reading

Event roundup: Greenwich readies double-dip concours weekend

A 1932 Studebaker President won last year's Greenwich Concours best of show | Green Concours
A 1932 Studebaker President won last year’s Greenwich Concours best of show | Greenwich Concours

The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance is actually two separate concours events, one for American brands dating to the dawn of motoring and the other for European sports and luxury cars. Each event has its own class, people’s choice and best of show award winners.

A total of 250 vintage cars, classics and modern supercars will be on hand, with 125 cars and motorcycles on the field for each concours day at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. Continue reading

Event roundup: Datsun 1600 pickup wins class at Texas concours

The Datsun pickup on the red carpet receives its concours award | Concours of Texas
The Datsun pickup on the red carpet receiving its concours award | Concours of Texas

It might seem surprising that such a high-end event as the Concours d’Elegance of Texas would have a truck category. But the class winner was an even bigger surprise: a preserved 1972 Datsun 1600 pickup truck nicknamed “Sweet Pea.”

Lovingly maintained by its original owner, Marvin Askew, the simple Datsun was nestled in among about 125 classics and sports cars, as well as other trucks in its class, at the Concours of Texas, which was held April 23 at Richard Greene Linear Park in Arlington, between Dallas and Fort Worth. Continue reading

Keels and Wheels, Cannonball Run headline concours news

Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours
Keels and Wheels combines classic and exotic cars with vintage wooden boats | Keels and Wheels Concours

The 22nd annual Keels and Wheels Concours d’Elegance, a weekend celebration of classic cars and wooden boats, takes place May 6 and 7 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. About 200 cars and 100 boats are expected for the show, which this year features classes for the automobiles of the Stutz Motor Company, American ’50s classics, and Hot Rods, and boats by Utilities. Continue reading