La Jolla auto show to rev folks’ engines with luxury rides, art, music and retro cocktails at Concours d’Elegance
Street closures, Sunday, April 7 (3 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
■ Coast Boulevard adjacent Scripps Park (with limited access for residential, business and hotel traffic).
■ Prospect Street (Herschel to Girard avenues)
■ Girard Avenue (partial closure Prospect to Wall streets)
Concours d’Elegance Schedule
Friday, April 5
■ Contemporary Classics Cocktail Party: 7-10 p.m. Amaya La Jolla, 1205 Prospect St. $125
Saturday, April 6
■ La Jolla Concours Motor Tour: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Begins with breakfast at San Diego Automotive Museum, 2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park. Participants cruise 60-70 miles, including stops at automotive museums and lunch at The Grand Del Mar. Tickets: Register classic autos to join the tour for $150 (includes driver and one passenger) online at lajollaconcours.com; single passenger tickets in a luxury show car are $50 by calling (619) 233-5008.
■ VIP Reception/Silent Auction (food and drinks): 6-9 p.m. Ellen Browning Scripps Park, Tickets: $100
■ Free movie screening: ‘Cars’ (animated), 7-9 p.m. Ellen Browning Scripps Park
Sunday, April 7
■ Concours D’Elegance show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ellen Browning Scripps Park. Tickets $35 advance, $40 door, $100 VIP
■ Motor Car Classic, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Coast Boulevard (by Ellen Browning Scripps Park); Prospect Street between Herschel and Girard avenues; Girard Avenue between Prospect and Wall streets. Free.
■ (619) 233-5008 or lajollaconcours.com
■ Tasks include welcoming patrons and assisting at the La Jolla Historical Society booth. Register online at lajollaconcours.com
By Pat Sherman
Luxury and classic automobile enthusiasts from San Diego and around the globe are headed to the Village for the La Jolla Historical Society’s ninth annual Concours d’Elegance auto show and related events, April 5-7.
Event chair Michael Dorvillier said organizers hope this year’s event will not only highlight world-class cars, but offer guests a world-class experience, beginning with Rolls-Royce’s Contemporary Classics Cocktail party, 7 to 10 p.m. at the new Amaya La Jolla restaurant on Prospect Street. The event promises a modern and unique twist on the retro cocktail soiree, including a violin-playing DJ.
The weekend continues Saturday morning with a motor tour covering 60-70 scenic miles of San Diego coast and countryside.
The journey begins with breakfast at the San Diego Automotive Museum, with stops for tours at two private car museums, including Chuck Spielman’s Only Yesterday Classic Autos museum in Sorrento Valley.
Saturday night there will be a VIP reception and Silent auction in Ellen Browning Scripps Park, with food and drinks from some of La Jolla’s finest restaurants, as well as a free screening of the family-friendly film, “Cars,” also in the park.
Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance show — the main event in Ellen Browning Scripps Park — will feature some 60 restored classic autos, or those produced between 1926 and 1948.
“This year our theme is honoring the classics … Duesenbergs to Rolls- Royces to Hispano-Suizas, Bentleys, Aston Martins, Packards and Cadillacs,” Dorvillier said.
Just outside the park, the streets of La Jolla will be lined with newer, sporty automobiles from the 1950s-’60s for the Motor Car Classic, which is free for public perusing.
Judging is from 9 a.m. to noon, with awards handed out at 2 p.m. First- and second-place prizes will be presented in each class, as well as two “Best of Show” awards, to autos produced before and after World War II.
Also new this year will be an area for automotive artwork, featuring artists who have exhibited their work at the Pebble Beach Concours event.
In addition, there will be live music on Sunday from the Malamaña’s trio (Latin, Flamenco), Dave Patrone (jazz vocals), King Legend (rock ‘n’ roll) and the Jazz Pigs (guitar, vibraphone). This year’s event will also feature displays from the San Diego Automotive Museum, Peterson Museum, Blackhawk Museum and Mullin Automotive Museum.
The La Jolla Historical Society is the primary beneficiary of the event. Last year’s Concours raised $56,000 for the society, said its director, Heath Fox.
“It’s a great thing for the historical society to sponsor for this community,” Fox said. “We’ve estimated that about 1,000 hotel rooms are going to be booked up for people coming to this event. So it’s good for the businesses in the community, and it’s good for the image of the community. It’s a very prestigious event that’s growing in prestige. It’s ranked right up there with Pebble Beach and Amelia Island.”
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