The Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance


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November 23rd 2014
Published: November 23rd 2014
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Think of a Concours d’Élégance as the ultimate automotive beauty pageant, bringing together a number of perfectly restored or maintained autos from private collections. I guess everyone who appreciates fine automobiles hopes to attend one some day. The annual Desert Classic Concours raises funds for charities, and at only $35 admission it gives folks like you and me the chance to drool over some of the automotive world’s finest and most expensive creations, while enjoying the ambiance of one of California’s most luxurious resorts. It’s really a win-win situation.

The venue changes from year to year, but it’s always in the general vicinity of Palm Springs. In 2012 it was held in Rancho Mirage at the ultra-posh Westin Mission Hills Resort, which features, among its many luxuries, two PGA championship courses. Once inside the gate I walked through opulent surroundings to the first golf course, where the cars were displayed over several acres. What a gourmet feast for the eyes! … my only disappointment was that there was no Bugatti Veyron.

You may find this blog quite long, but there were more than 250 cars at this show. I spent half a day there, and photographed those that interested me most. Consequently this blog only contains a cross-section of all the magnificent machines, arranged in chronological sequence within six categories.

For more information about the ENTIRE Concours, here’s a really good site that I found: http://mattstonecars.com/blog/?p=138 . For more information on specific cars just Google the company name. For some of the more exotic vehicles, try these:

Kurtis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Kurtis .

V16 Cadillac: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_V_16 .

Aston-Martin: http://www.supercars.netcars/68.html .


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