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Competition Ferraris celebrated at Concours d’Elegance of America


A celebration of the 70th anniversary of Ferrari’s first of many victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be featured at the 2019 Concours d’Elegance of America, to be held Sunday, July 28, at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

The concours will host “a historic gathering of Ferrari sports and GT cars” to mark the occasion, with Le Mans and F1 winners on the field in a class called Racing Through the Ages – Ferrari. Other featured concours classes this year include Detroit Power – Foreign Styling, History of Alternative Power, Rolls-Royce, and a class called simply Oddities.

One Ferrari model getting special recognition is the 250 GT Tour de France, or TdF, named in recognition of the model’s victory at the 1956 Tour de France, which it continued to dominate in 1957 and ’58.

Among the 77 TdF coupes built was serial No. 1161, a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France owned by the Patterson Collection of Louisville, Kentucky, that will be shown at the Sunday concours.

The concours weekend has events scheduled from Friday and Saturday prior to the concours. For more information, visit the event website.

The biggest Corvette show in Texas

The Corvette Invasion, a three-day event showcasing more than 300 unique Chevrolet Corvettes, takes place July 19-21 at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center in Bastrop, Texas, located about 30 miles southeast of Austin.

Calling itself the largest all-Corvette show in Texas, the event includes shows, drives and special events, including a parade tour from Bastrop to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, where drivers can take their cars for laps on the race track.

For more information, visit the event website.

Porsche 911s on display | Porsche Parade

A Parade of Porsches

The Porsche Parade, a weeklong series of shows, tours, special events, social gatherings and competitions presented by the Porsche Club of America, takes place July 21-27 at the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, Florida.

The club’s signature annual event, exclusive to club members and now in its 64th year, the Porsche Parade expects to host 1,500 cars and their people.

For more information, visit the event website.

Hillsborough also honors Porsche

The Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance 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.

The honored marque this year 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.

Some other 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.

The 10,000 Lakes Concours is held along Lake Minnetonka | 10,000 Lakes Concours

Lakeside concours in Minnesota  

Cars, boats and motorcycles going back to the early 1900s will be on display and competing for awards on Sunday, July 28, as the 10,000 Lakes Concours d’Elegance returns to Excelsior, Minnesota.

Held on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, the concours includes food vendors and live music, as well as local artists displaying their wares and doing live painting.  Spectators and guests can cruise the lake in a vintage watercraft.

The concours is held in conjunction with the Chrysler 300 Club International Meet, which expects enthusiasts from around the country. The concours show field will include a Chrysler 300 Letter Car class.

For more information, visit the event website.

Carolyn Vanagel led the Hilton Head Concours for 16 years | Hilton Head Concours

Vanagel retiring from Hilton Head Concours

Carolyn Vanagel, the longtime head of the popular Hilton Head Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival in South Carolina, has announced that she will be retiring after the fall event, to be held October 24-November 3.

Vanagel, who has piloted the show for the past 16 years and transformed it from a small local automotive affair to the 10-day, nationally recognized festival that it is today, will be replaced by Lindsey Harrell, vice president of operations and a 12-year veteran of the organization.

For more information about the Hilton Head Concours, visit the event website.

Other concours and events

The Keeneland Concours dElegance takes place July 20 at the Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, with Aston Martin as the featured marque and with special classes for Corvette, 1955-75; Classic Thunderbirds; and Pontiac Trans Ams, 1969-2002. For more information, visit the event website.

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. For more information, visit the event website.

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.

A radicalized Maserati Biturbo at Radwood | Radwood

RADwood, a retro celebration of car culture from the 1980s and ’90s, arrives at LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, on Saturday, July 20, with admission to the show including admission to the museum.  The show will be held to the beat of DJ Scrambler spinning from the back of his Jeep.  For more information, visit the event website.

The Rocky Mountain Street Rod Nationals presented by the National Street Rod Association will be held July 21-23 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, Colorado.  For more information, visit the event website.

The Goodguys’ 32nd Pacific Northwest Nationals rod and custom show will be held July 26-28 at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Payallup, Washington.  For more information, visit the event website.

The Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 15th anniversary with events taking place August 3-4 at Veteran’s Park, located between the Milwaukee Yacht Club and the Milwaukee Art Museum on the shores of Lake Michigan.  For more information, visit the event website. 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.


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