|1937 Lincoln followed by 1947 Cadillac at the Biltmore during recent ‘dry run’ site testing. (Michael Tobian photo)|
The oldest entry in the Arizona Concours is a 1905 Mitchell D-4 Runabout, and the youngest is a 1975 Lamborghini Countach. The honored marques for the first year are American luxury brand Packard and Maserati, the Italian sports and racing brand that commemorates its 100th anniversary during 2014.
The Arizona Concours begins at 8:30 am on Sunday, January 12, with the awards ceremonies starting at 2 pm. The Concours is open to the public with tickets available atwww.arizonaconcours.com or at the Biltmore on the day of the event. As a special feature, the Arizona Concours will be shown live in a web cast on www.arizonaconcours.com starting at 11 a.m.
Modeled after such great concours as Pebble Beach in California and Villa d’Este in Italy, the Arizona Concours d’Elegance brings together the rare and valuable automobiles to compete in classes that range from vintage and classic to sports, racing and exotic. Concours d’Elegance translates from French as “competition of elegance.”
Top concours judges will pore over each entry to pick the class winners as well as the coveted Best of Show. John Carlson, one of the nation’s most acclaimed concours judges, will preside as chief judge. The trophies were designed by acclaimed Arizona painter and sculptor Ed Mell, who created them from a 1930s-vintage art deco toy car. They are being cast at Bollinger Atelier, a foundry in Tempe.
- The inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for Sunday, January 12, the start of collector-car auction week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area.
- The Concours d’Elegance, held at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort and Hotel in Phoenix, opens to the public starting at 8:30 am
- The 77 select automobiles will be displayed and judged on the inner lawns of the Arizona Biltmore.
- Tickets for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance are now available at www.arizonaconcours.com.
- Proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona.
For more information, see www.arizonaconcours.com.