Purely created to be a nucleus for passionate automotive folk in the world. Especially for the timeless classic cars that anyone can admire.
Here you'll find a comprehensive guide to all Concours d' Elegance events, classic car auctions and other automobilia interests. There's sure to be a car show to satisfy any desire. The Concours d' Elegance 2012 circuit was a grand success and 2013 calendar offers even more.
How did the term Concours d'Elegance come to be... it's a French phrase meaning a competition of elegance, or literally, "concourse of excellence," refers to the gathering of prestigious cars. Concours, (pronounced: "Con-Kor"), dates back to 17th century French aristocracy, who paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during summer weekends and holidays. Over time, carriages became horseless, and the gatherings became a competition among automobile owners to be judged on the appearance of their automobiles as well as their attire. Attires have changed and are not part of today's judging rules, however the automobiles are in top form.
Nearly every current day Concours show is founded on the premise of giving to charities through sharing. Everyone involved is sharing their time and money for the benefit of hundreds of charities around the world. Millions of dollars annually are given to great causes plus supporting thousands of business owners in surrounding communities.
The romance of the Roaring 20s and the refined elegance of the 30s gave way to the perils of world war, the demise of the Concours gave way to the bare survival of nations. Once the free world was able to right itself and move beyond subsistence, the visionaries Jules Huemann, Reverend Paul Woudenberg and Loren Tryon created what has become the grandfather of all— Pebble Beach Concours. That was 1950, now we have The Desert Classic in Palm Springs, CA, La Jolla in La Jolla, CA, Niello in Sacramento, CA, Amelia Island Concours on Amelia Island, FL and the special St. Johns in Plymouth, MI just for starters.
The Petersen Automotive Museum located at 6060 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036 is a must see while visiting LA.
A large part of The Museum's focus is to collect and preserve historic vehicles, and a great deal of importance was placed from day one on acquiring a great number of significant vehicles of all shapes, sizes, makes, models, and purposes. As the Museum's popularity grew as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit educational institution, people came to realize that it was the perfect tax deductible home for their prized possession. Our first donation was a beautifully restored 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300 Cabriolet from Annapolis, Maryland. Since then, we have taken in donations from all over the world varying greatly from single vehicles, to multiple vehicle collections, rare automobile components, artwork, photographs, books, and automobilia.
Since its inception, the Petersen Automotive Museum has been regarded as the focus of automotive enthusiasm on the West Coast. Our participation in local, national, and even international events has allowed us to reach out to those who might otherwise not have been aware of what we have to offer. Our outreach extends to the internet and beyond.
The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) is about vintage automobiles and the pleasure of the sport. Since its beginning in 1952, the Members of the CCCA have been dedicated to the collection, preservation and enjoyment of the world’s finest cars. As in the beginning, automobiles manufactured during the Grand Classic Era® from 1919 to 1948 remain the primary focus of the club today. CCCA members have held Grand Classic car shows, enjoyed CARavans and published The Classic Car magazine.
Your interests can range from the American Chevrolet Corvette legend to an exquisite Lamborghini, Packard or Stutz they will all be found at a classic car show.
Imagine back in the day whilst playing a round of Pebble Beach golf that those players had rights to "play through" during the Pebble Beach Concours. Not today...a round of Pebble Beach golf will never again mix with these multimillion dollar classic cars! The Pebble Beach Concours does not draw crowds until August, however you can find a show in nearly every other month and Pebble Beach golf is available all year long. The Amelia Island, Pebble Beach and St. Johns Concours create a triangular spectacle across America.
While at a classic car show a few years back, I asked a boy what his favorite car was... "Lamborghini, of course!", he was about eight years old. We were standing next to a lovely Bugatti which happens to be one of my favourites, so I pointed and asked what about this Bugatti... "Yeah, it's nice but...it's so rounded off." What could I say to that!
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