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Hillsborough retains record with 64th continuous concours year


The Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in northern California has a remarkable claim to fame – now in its 64th year, it is the longest continuously running concours in the world.

The Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey might be older, now in its 69th year, but it was canceled one year, in 1960, due to a scheduling conflict.

Not so with Hillsborough, which has managed to pull off a concours every year since its founding.

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1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe

For 2019, the Hillsborough Concours will again be held at the Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame, just south of San Francisco, on July 21 with more than 200 exceptional automobiles on display and vying for awards.

This year’s honored marque is Porsche, and a number of exceptional competition models will be showcased, highlighted by the acclaimed 1969 917K from the Bruce Canepa collection, the car that took the checkered flag at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1970.

Other Porsches entered in the concours by Canepa, a racer and restorer, include a 917/10, 935, 962, 959SC and a 918 Spyder, along with a number of other primo Porsches on the field from other owners.

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1931 Chrysler CG Imperial

There will be 24 judged classes at the concours.  Some of the special cars include a 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial, 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Supersport, 1949 Ferrari 166 Inter Coupe, 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic, 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC 1971 American Motors AMX and the famous 1961 “Beatnik Bandit” bubble-top custom built by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.

For more information, visit the event website.

Goodguys celebrates the 1969 Camaro

 The 50th anniversary of Camaro collector’s favorite model year, 1969, will be celebrated during Goodguy’s PPG Nationals hot rod and custom show, which runs July 12-14 at the Ohio Expo Center’s Kasich Hall in Columbus.

A Summer of ’69 Display by PPG will bring together a collection of “the most ground-breaking and historically significant Camaros.”

“Nothing quite like this has been done before,” according to Goodguys VP of sales and sponsorship Ed Capen, who noted that the display was arranged with the assistance of General Motors.

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One of the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro show cars | Goodguys

“With final preparations underway for this epic display, we know that heavy-hitting custom 1969 Camaros like Big Red, Mark Stielow’ s latest pro-touring creation, and the Goodguys G/RS will take part,” according to a Goodguys news release.

“The exhibit will also host the last two Goodguys Street Machine of the Year winners—the Detroit Speed-built ‘Tux,’ and Roadster Shop crafted, ‘Inferno,’ Angelo Vespi’s build that won the SEMA Battle of the Builders in 2014 and more.  A great display of rare originals will be on display, too.

“The list of ’69 Camaros that will be in attendance is staggering, gathering together over 130 of these iconic cars.”

Several retired workers from the Norwood Plant who worked on the line for the ’69 Camaro will be onsite during weekend to serve as guides to the collection

Aside from the Camaro display, the PPG Nationals will feature more than 6,500 hot rods, customs and classic cars, with vendor and manufacturer exhibits and midway, swap meet, cars for sale, entertainment,  Goodguys AutoCross racing, the crowning of the Goodguys 2019 Classic Instruments Street Rod of the Year and the Goodguys 2019 PPG Street Machine of the Year.

For more information, visit the event website.


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The world’s Oldest Lincoln is a 1921 Lincoln “L” touring car | Copshaholm Concours ,

Oldest Lincoln at Copshaholm

The world’s oldest Lincoln automobile, a 1921 Lincoln “L” touring car, will be featured at the 2019 Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm, held July 13 at the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana.

The Lincoln, owned by the Western Reserve Historical Society’s Crawford Auto and Aviation Collection in Cleveland, will be part of the concours’ Precise Luxury class featuring Lincolns that have been designated as Full Classic by the CCCA.

Lincoln is the honored mark for the 2019 concours, with other special features including Italian sports cars, Chrysler 300 “letter cars,” Studebaker Presidents, Fords and Euro-American hybrids.

For more information, visit the event website.

Motoring at Misselwood Concours

The 10th Misselwood Concours d’Elegance takes place July 19-21 at the Endicott College Estate in Beverly, Massachusetts, featuring a Saturday tour and Sunday concours that includes fashion shows and a hat contest.

The tour provides free viewing opportunities for the public to see the special concours vehicles for free when the tour leaves Endicott’s Frates Hall beginning at 9 am, then stopping in Newburyport for display from 10 to 11:15 am and back to Misselwood at noon for another public show until 2 pm.   The main concours starts Sunday at 9 am.

For more information, visit the event website.

More concours and events

The Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance will be held Sunday, July 21st, 2019 on the campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, featuring special classes for the 120th Anniversary of the Packard Motor Company, with classes for Classic and Non-Classic Packards; Over 70 Years of the Porsche 356, with classes for original, restored and Outlaw 356s; 100 Years of Bentley; and the 60th Anniversary of Mini.  For more information, visit the event website.

The Great North Classic Car Show takes place Saturday, July 6, at Black Horse Beamish in Stanley, Durham, UK, with a family friendly display of more than 400 historic cars and motorcycles, and this year featuring a concours d’elegance and a collector car auction.  For more information, visit the event website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. Just a correction: The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was not cancelled "several years." It missed only 1960 — when it was scheduled for November but was rained out and was rescheduled the following spring, a few short months later.


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