Car Shows, concours

Bigger and bigger! Concours in the Hills continues growth | Journal

Tom Malloy’s 1956 Watson-DeBisschop Dirt Champ Car & 1962 Lesovsky Indy Roadster attracted lots of attention — even more when the two tied for Best in Show | Tom Stahler photo

The seventh Concours in the Hills filled the Fountain Hills, Arizona, park with a cornucopia of automobiles and tens of thousands of people and raised an estimated $250,000 for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Organizers said this event has seen unprecedented and consecutive growth each year.

A plethera of Panteras | Tom Stahler photos

Scuderia Southwest, which puts on this and the monthly Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering, touted as “the best cars and coffee in the country,” proudly shared year over year results, reporting 1,052 vehicles, an estimated 30,000 spectators and a nearly $100,000 jump in fundraising.

The GT40 Spyder prototype — recently resurrected

The setting for the event is very pretty. Considering the Phoenix area is smack dab in the middle of a desert, Fountain Park is like an oasis, surrounded by mountains, the groups of cars are positioned around the large man-made lake, with the fountain itself shooting a jet of water, at 7,000 gallons per minute and reaching up to 560 feet above the surface. During normal days the fountain is on for 15 minutes every hour.  For this event it was on the entire time.

The fountain jets some 500 feet over the Concours in the Hills event

The cars themselves were pretty fabulous. Clearly a collection of automobiles belonging to so many ‘snowbirds’ who burgeon the population of Scottsdale during the winter months. The event is not a formal concours like Pebble Beach or Amelia Island, there is beautiful iron, without the pretension. It felt like almost every type of high-performance, sports, classic, race, muscle, hot-rods both import and domestic was represented.

A mass meeting of McLarens

Tesla even had its own area and category. This seemed unusual after walking through the history of the combustion engine. Other cars were highly modified. There really is little to do to a Tesla. Overhearing a conversation between a spectator and an owner: “So have you done any modifications?” Owner answers, “well, I had the dashboard vinyl wrapped….”

An Offy-powered Kurtis roadster with racing provenance

The Concours in the Hills has seen great success because of the support it reccieves from the leading car clubs of Arizona representing Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Maserati, Jaguar, Corvette, Viper, Ford GT, Lotus, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo, DeTomaso, DeLorean, Mustang, Cadillac and many others.

Overall, a really terrific event.

Best of Show (tie) – Tom Malloy – 1956 Watson-DeBisschop Dirt Champ Car & 1962 Lesovsky Indy Roadster

Best Domestic – Al Meehan – 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda
Best Import – Terry Larson – 1935 Jaguar SS90 prototype
Best Club Display – Citroen

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Boca Raton concours d'elegance, concours

Ferrari GTO takes Best of Show honors at Boca Raton Concours | Journal

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Best of Show honors go to Richard Workman’s Scaglietti-bodied 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO | Boca Raton Concours photos

The 14th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance looked not only back at our automotive past, but forward to its future. On the show field and in a panel presentation, the event celebrated the 100-year anniversary of Duesenberg. But it also featured the new “30 Under 30 Class” and a focus on the future.

The “30 Under 30 Class” is a concours class open to car owners who are 30 years of age or younger and who have invested less than $30,000 in the restoration of their vehicles, which usually means they have done most of the work themselves. 

The scene at the 14th annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance

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Arizona 2020: Future Collector Car Show kicks off auction week | Journal

The world is changing. What constitutes a “classic” or collector car is changing. The modes of how cars are shown are changing, too. Clearly car culture is gaining momentum with the next generation of enthusiasts, and it’s not just about 1957 Chevys and butch-waxed hair anymore. Nor is it just about the fairways and sun hats of a concours d’elegance.

Roger Falcione, an enthusiast, visionary and chief executive of The Collector Car Network, which owns, had seen classic car shows and also had been exposed to sport tuner events. The preverbal lightbulb went off.

Future Collector Car Show 2016

Judge Andy Reid and Illinois-based car restorer John Saccameno check out an 80s Ferrari at the High Street show.

“I knew that the collector car market was on the verge of a shift,” Falcione said. “There are still the traditional enthusiasts and collectors, but there is also a burgeoning group who have their own ‘hero cars’ they admire. The future of the classic car hobby is in good hands.”

Taking the best practices from what he saw at so many different events, Falcione started his own show, the Future Classics Car Show – now known as the Future Collector Car Show.

By design, the event displays, judges and awards cars built after 1974. As has been acknowledged by many collectors, many OEMs are producing “instant classics,” cars that are so anticipated and admired in the marketplace they immediately jump in value without the aging process that so many automobiles have had to endure. Expect to see cars like this, tuner culture and much, much more.

Crowd-pleasing cars, good food and fashion highlight the 2020 FCCS.

At the show, which features more than 150 cars and upwards of 5,000 spectators will have everything from Acuras to Aston Martins, Ferraris to BMWs and everything in between. The diverse car array is a product of passion and sentimentality – which has driven car culture from its very beginnings.

Judging crosses nine categories: Best of Show; Best Modified Vehicle (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place); Best Preserved; Best Restored – Presented by Barrett-Jackson; Rookie of the Year (16-25 owners age); Fan Favorite! – Spectators may vote on the people’s choice; Students Choice sponsored by Universal Technical Institute, Best Trunk sponsored by Slime, Best Ford – Presented by Steeda Performance Vehicles.

Keeping with a family friendly environment, the show includes a Stylist Competition and Fashion Show presented by Luxe and City, on-site pet adoptions, and Kid Zone presented by the official charity, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Future Collector Car Show - NSX on displayFuture Collector Car Show - NSX on display

Period correct, modified and custom vehicles feature prominently at FCCS.

Automotive judging will be done by historian and veteran concours judge Andy Reid along with celebrity judges including Formula Drift Judge Ryan Lanteigne, Fielding Shredder, who was a Top-3 finisher on the popular Netflix series, Hyperdrive, and sponsored Formula Drift Pro2 driver Andrew Schulte.

At the helm of the show is a driven, enthusiast, millennial, Rebecca Nguyen, hired by Falcione in the show’s first year. Her knowledge of the youth market has been a boon to the show’s success.

Nguyen said,”The Future Collector Car Show is meant to be an all inclusive event that encourages attendees and participants to engage with each other no matter what type, or level enthusiast as well as what their niche may be.

“Every year has been bigger and better than the previous one with new engaging aspects to make the show welcoming to new, old, and current enthusiasts of any kind.  I hope to bring the show to another state this year.”

The show is scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. on January 12 at High Street, an upscale shopping district in the Desert Ridge area of Phoenix north of the 101 Freeway.  For more information visit the event website.

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