Arizona Concours d’Elegance celebrates successful inaugural event

1938 Steyr 220 roadster
Most Elegant Pre-War — 1938 Steyr 220 roadster (Peter Boyle, Oil City, PA)
PHOENIX – The inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance, held Sunday, January 12, on the landscaped lawns of the historic Arizona Biltmore resort in Phoenix, presented a selection of 75 magnificent automobiles for a highly successful first-time event, with winners announced for vehicle classes, special awards and Best of Show.
Under brilliant blue skies, more than 2,000 people enjoyed the balmy Phoenix weather and the sights and sounds of a top-drawer concours celebration of automotive finery in an exclusive and intimate setting. The Arizona Concours is an event long envisioned by auto enthusiasts to serve as a starting point for Arizona’s famous collector-car auction week.
The 1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet de Ville owned by Donald Nichols of Lompoc, Calif., won Best of Show honors from the impressive field of concours contenders. Nichols discovered the car in 1970 sitting in derelict condition in a Sarasota, Florida, alley and finally completed its restoration just two years ago. 

The Hispano, with coachwork by Kellner, was originally owned by the famous industrialist Andrew Mellon.  Nichols kept the car for nearly four decades before undertaking the daunting challenge of restoring it. The beautiful result was chosen by the Arizona Concours judges as the event’s first Best of Show.
The Best of Show trophy was sponsored and presented by Alfredo Molina of Molina Fine Jewelers of Phoenix. The Hispano also was awarded Best of Class, Full Classic European.
Among the special awards presented during the Concours, one standout was for the car chosen by the Wish Kids, nine young people who are part of Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the international organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Make-A-Wish Arizona is the charity recipient of the Arizona Concours.
The first Wish Kid award was a 1939 Bugatti T57C Galabier owned by Bill and Linda Pope of Paradise Valley, Arizona, that the nine kids chose from the concours field.  The specially prepared trophy features two fanciful figures made out of car-engine parts. 
Make-A-Wish Arizona raised $24,000 through the Arizona Concours, which will fund future wishes for three kids, according to spokesperson Lisa Evans. 
Other awards presented at the Arizona Concours, with the official trophies created by famed Arizona artist Ed Mell, are:
Class winners
Antique — 1907 Panhard et Lavassor T-3 (John Konwiser, Scottsdale, AZ)
Full classic American Open — 1934 Buick convertible coupe (Lee Gurvey, Scottsdale, AZ)
Full classic American Closed — 1934 Packard 1104 2/4 coupe (Sharon Briskman, Scottsdale, AZ)
Full Classic European — 1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet de Ville (Donald Nichols, Lompoc, Calif) 
Pre-war Rolls-Royce and Bentley — 1936 Rolls-Royce Sedanca de Ville (Jeffrey McKee, Phoenix)
100th Anniversary Maserati — 1937 Maserati 6 CM Grand Prix racer (Bill and Linda Pope, Paradise Valley, AZ),
Pre-war European Sports and Racing — 1938 Jaguar SS 100 3.5-liter (Philippe Reyns, Chandler, AZ)
Avant garde — 1938 Steyr 220 roadster (Peter Boyle, Oil City, PA),
Post-war Racing  — 1951 Schroeder/Stevens Indianapolis racer (Gary Schroeder, Burbank, CA)
Iconic post-war American — 1952 Hudson Hornet (Jon Andersen, Murray, UT),
Post-war Mercedes-Benz — 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster (Grant and Judy Beck, Scottsdale, AZ),
Post-war European Sports Cars — 1964 Ferrari Lusso (Tony Shooshani, Beverly Hills, CA),
Exotic — 1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino (Pietro DiLeonardo, Glendale, AZ),
Post-war Preservation — 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC (Todd Reeg, Scottsdale, AZ).
Special awards
Most Elegant Pre-War — 1938 Steyr 220 roadster (Peter Boyle, Oil City, PA)
Most Elegant Post-War — 1955 Maserati A6G Frua Spyder (Thomas Mittler Estate, Mishawaka, IN)
Honorary Judges Award — 1930 Packard 745 convertible Victoria (Steve Snyder, Orange, CA) and 1928 Bentley 4.5-liter Le Mans (Bennett Dorrance, Scottsdale, AZ)
Director’s Choice — 1907 Renault A1 35-45 (Alan Travis, Phoenix)
Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West Distinguished Design — 1936 Delahaye 135 competition Cabriolet (Ken and Ann Smith, La Jolla, CA)
Historic Vehicle Association — 1924 Hispano-Suiza dual cowl sport phaeton (William Ingler, Scottsdale, AZ)

Preparations are under way for the second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance in January 2015. For more information, see http://www.arizonaconcours.com.

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, 501(c)(3) status pending, celebrates classic automobile engineering and style while supporting local charities. 

Inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance begins Auction Week on January 12

1937 Lincoln followed by 1947 Cadillac at the Biltmore during recent 'dry run' site testing. (Michael Tobian photo)
1937 Lincoln followed by 1947 Cadillac at the Biltmore during recent ‘dry run’ site testing. (Michael Tobian photo)
PHOENIX – The manicured lawns of the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort will be the setting on Sunday, January 12, for an exceptional new event, the inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance, which gathers a collection of 77 superb vintage automobiles for a high-end show and competition.While much of the nation freezes under record-cold weather, temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60s to low 70s when the Arizona Concours d’Elegance leads off the famous annual week of collector-car auctions in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. Such a premium annual event has long been envisioned by auto enthusiasts in the Valley as a focal point for auction week, with six major collector-car sales taking place.

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 beautiful automobiles will be displayed in an intimate setting within the art deco elegance of the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Arizona Biltmore. Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Marketand American Car Collector magazines, will serve as emcee for the Arizona Concours.
Proceeds from the Arizona Concours benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. 
Details:
  • 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.