Concours d’Elegance drives home the glory of classic cars at La Jolla Cove auto show
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“I was like a kid in a candy shop at the ninth annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, April 7. Presented by the La Jolla Historical Society, the car show and competition provided quite a sight! These pictures are worth a thousand words.”
— Photographer Greg Wiest
By Pat Sherman
Luxury and classic automobile enthusiasts from San Diego and around the globe headed to La Jolla Village for the La Jolla Historical Society’s ninth annual Concours d’Elegance auto show and related events, April 5-7, 2013.
The Concours d’Elegance show April 7 at La Jolla Cove’s Ellen Browning Scripps Park was the main event and featured 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,” event chair Michael Dorvillier said.
Just outside the park, the streets of La Jolla were lined with newer, sporty automobiles from the 1950s-’60s for the Motor Car Classic, which is free for public perusing.
Beside the public perusing the cars on display, dozens of judges gave scores to each car and handed out first- and second-place prizes in various classes, as well as two “Best of Show” awards, to autos produced before and after World War II.
New this year was an area for automotive artwork. Attendees were treated to live music while enjoying views of cars and the La Jolla coastline.
This year’s event also featured 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.”
Other activities during the 2013 Concours d’Elegance weekend included:
• Rolls-Royce’s Contemporary Classics Cocktail party.
• A motor tour covering 60-70 scenic miles of San Diego coast and countryside.
• 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.
• VIP reception and Silent auction in Ellen Browning Scripps Park, with food and drinks from some of La Jolla’s finest restaurants.
• Free screening of the family-friendly film, “Cars,” also in the park.
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