Class Distinction Arizona Style

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Phoenix AZ, Jan 15 2017 - The 4th annual Arizona Concours d'Elegance was the 1st stop for Special Car Store on our maiden voyage to the Scottsdale auctions week. While the forecast a day earlier suggested rain, the worst the weather could muster was a dull grey sky. We aren't sure how many cars would get out in the rain, but we'd still be there to find out.

1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante

1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atalante

For a relatively new event, this Concours was done well for it's age - just right. The back yard at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel provides several nice theater spots to organize cars around. Given 90 cars, the organizers did a commendable job of finding one of almost everything you could want to see on such a day.

McLaren P1

McLaren P1

The show was hosted by Keith Martin and Donald Osborne - a famous and smart television duo that pretty much owns the west coast for automotive hosts. A surprising number of judges were sourced from Canada - all of them fancifully missing a cold streak at home.

Concours are natural occasions for fundraising - this event's primary beneficiary is the Make-a-Wish Foundation. While the crowds were thick, the Arizona version is a sleeper event that is destined to need a bigger back yard soon. Ticket prices for this event are cheap at $80 in advance; $100 at the door; kids 12 and under free. The Arizona Concours d'Elegance is in a class of its own and makes a great start to Scottsdale Car Week.

The top winners of the fourth annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance are:

1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic

Best of Show – 1936 Bugatti Type 37 SC Atlantic coupe

1908 Renault AX

Antique Automobiles – 1909 Renault AX

1960 Chevrolet Corvette

Post-War America-Powered Sports Cars – 1960 Chevrolet Corvette

1951 Cunningham C2R

Post-War American Racing Cars – 1951 Cunningham C2

1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S Convertible

Post-War European Sports Cars/Early – 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24S convertible

1960 Ferrari 250 GT PF Cabriolet

Post-War European Sports Cars/Late – 1960 Ferrari 250 GT PF Cab Series 2

1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series II

Post-War European Racing Cars & Historic Vehicle Association National Automotive Heritage Award – 1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial

1933 Marmon V16 Convertible Coupe

American Classic/Open – 1933 Marmon V16 convertible coupe

1953 Cadillac Convertible

Iconic Post-War American Cars – 1953 Cadillac convertible

1949 Delahaye 155M

Iconic Post-War European Cars – 1949 Delahaye 155M

1958 AC Bristol

Preservation Cars – 1959 AC Ace Bristol roadster

1931 Nash Model 887 Sedan

Avante Garde – 1931 Nash Model 887 touring sedan

1926 Lincoln Model L Lebaron Sedan

Classic Era Lincolns – 1926 Lincoln LeBaron sedan

1955 Ferrari 250 Europe Coupe Vignale

Coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale – 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa coupe

1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster

Most Elegant Pre-War Car – 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster

1951 Ferrari 212MM

Director’s Choice – 1951 Ferrari 212 MM

1933 Lincoln Model KB Judkins Coupe

Historic Vehicle Association Most Well-Preserved Vehicle – 1933 Lincoln KB Judkins

1959 Bocar XP-5

Hagerty Youth Judging Award – 1959 Bocar XP-5

Pre-War European Sports/Racing – 1938 Jaguar SS-100 (not pictured)

Net proceeds from the nationally recognized Arizona Concours, as well as generous donations from participants and spectators, benefit Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the founding chapter of the international organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. 

by Randy Berg

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