Concours Virtual opens with Pre-War Preservation class

Online showcase features more than 180 entries in 17 classes

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The oldest vehicle entered in the Concours Virtual is this still-operating 1893 Salveson Steam Wagonette | Concours Virtual photos

Can a virtual car show in which you scroll through images on a screen offer as rewarding an experience as attending a real event in which you can wander among the actual vehicles? 

It can if you’re UNICEF, which will benefit financially from the Hagerty-sponsored Concours Virtual that launches June 30 at 5 p.m. (British Summer Time). 

More than 180 vehicles in 17 classes have been entered in the online concours and they’re coming from museums, manufacturers and private collections from around the globe, according to the Concours Virtual organizers.

“We have over 10 Best in Show winners from many of the top tier Concours around the world entering the event, and the quality of cars in all of the classes would grace many of the best global Concours events,” Geoff Love, co-chairman of the concours and managing director of Hothouse Media, is quoted in a news release.

1970 Lancia Stratos Zero concept car

Among the entries are an operational 1893 Salveson Steam Wagonette, Greta Garbo’s 1932 Duesenberg Model J, the first Jaguar E-type, the 1966 Le Mans-winning Ford GT40 and concept cars such as the 1970 Lancia Stratos Zero.

“Even in normal times, very few people get to attend the likes of Pebble Beach or the Concours of Elegance,” said David Lillywhite, co-chair of the concours and editorial director of Hothouse Media. “This virtual event is open to all, is free to attend, and will showcase very rare and important cars as well as some of the most beautiful automobiles ever created.”

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The Concours Virtual opens June 30 with the Pre-War Preservation class release. On July 2, the Hollywood Legends class will be revealed. The concours runs through August 9.

For the full timetable and to see the show, visit the concours website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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