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For over 20 years, automotive events at the Hurlingham Club in London, (better known as the Louis Vitton Concourse d’Elegance) sported the official “Concours d’Elegance” name. Similar Concours d’Elegance include Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, and Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. A nice drive to our southern part of our state, the annual Dana Point Concours d’Elegance is a fantastic show, so good, it competes in popularity with the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance. The two events challenge with each other to possibly be considered as being called the “Pebble Beach of the South.”
Holding such events are require enormous levels of planning. Crowds need to corralled, judges need a place to provide notes, entrants need to know where to park. Expectations on traditional vehicle judging demands reviewing each and every automobile thoroughly. They place on a scale every possible expectations for every panel, trim and even the interior materials. In many cases if you were just able to bring in a brand new 50 year old car, you may not just automatically win. Your car has to be far better than when it was new, to be expected to be eligible for trophy classes.
If the car has been in any kind of restoration its level needs to a far better candidate than simply ‘mint’ condition. The expectations is if that kind of car had been restored, the standard would again far exceed delivery from factory. If you go to events and hear the nightmares for reasons of losing, they often are due to concluded assessments of “wrong type of bolt”, dry wax visible in the undercarriage, mismatching window cranks, or missing fuel cover. Automatic disqualifications include non factory modifications, non suitable components with wrong year and or wrong model. A common fault have incorrect factory trim that don’t belong on the car. Aftermarket products are commonly not allowed, which then also fails some owners from obtaining any prestigious trophies.
In terms of classic cars competitions, originality would then be factored into a test. Everything about the car has to be original and factory correct with matching engine numbers and transmission. Having the flawless visual examples is the only way to get the highest scores. Overall mileage on such cars rarely exceed 50,000, and don’t appear as if they have been driven in at all. All components have to fit as designed and must be correct to the trim and year. More often than not, cars of this caliber come in by trailer and barely driven. Its not uncommon to see the values of these kinds of cars to exceed the million dollar range. To assure the up most visual result from these cars, they are never driven, but must be able to be run. Having perfect tire treads, a full tank of gas ( to check if gauge operations work and then emptied after the show), oil and level readings (also prepared for storage), electrical wiring in perfect condition is crucial for winning cars.
Often Concours d’Elegance quality automobiles are not driven, except for short distances from their trailers to the show fields. They are not intended to be used as daily drivers and often, are not seen outside of museums or private collections. Even after driving only the short distance to the show field, the car is ‘staged’—errant bits of dirt or pebbles removed from the tire treads, bits of grass or mud wiped from the under-carriage. The vehicle is maintained constantly and dusted frequently to keep an absolutely flawless appearance while on display.