Desert Concorso gets new home, date and partner

Desert Concorso gets new home, date and partner

Desert Concorso has found a new home, a new date and a new partner for its second classic and exotic car showcase.

The inaugural Desert Concorso was held at a golf course | Larry Edsall photos

The inaugural Desert Concorso was held at a golf course | Larry Edsall photos

Desert Concorso has found a new home, a new date and a new partner for its second classic and exotic car showcase.

The first Desert Concorso, staged by the same people who do the Concorso Italiano on the Monterey Peninsula in August, was held in the early spring of 2014 at a golf resort in Palm Desert, California. This year, the event will take place the weekend of November 14-15 in Palm Springs.

The Desert Concorso organizers also have struck an alliance with Keith McCormick and his McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction, which is held the following weekend. The concorso, auction and Palm Springs civic and tourism officials anticipate that the bookend events  soon will grow into a full week of car-related events in the not-too-distant future.

Copperstate vintage rally in Phoenix launches from spring training baseball stadium

Copperstate vintage rally in Phoenix launches from spring training baseball stadium

Although it has not been announced officially, the Desert Concorso website reveals that the event will take place at Palm Springs Stadium, a baseball field originally constructed as the spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels, at the time owned by Palm Springs resident and cowboy entertainment star Gene Autry.

Anticipate confirmation of that, as well as more details about the various car classes, in the next two or three weeks. In the meantime, car owners who are interested in showing their vehicles at the event can contact concorso organizers by email at dc@concorso.com or by visiting the concorso booth at McCormick’s spring auction which takes place February 20-22 at the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs.

Desert Concorso will be the second significant classic and collector car event held in a baseball field setting. For several years, the annual Copperstate 1000 vintage car rally in Arizona has launched its 1000-mile tour from the Field of Dreams car show held in and on the parking lots outside the Angels’ current spring training home — Tempe Diablo Stadium.

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