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Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance
Premier classic car show comes in '08 to Palm Springs
BY STEFANIE FRITH • PALM SPRINGS SUN • DECEMBER 28, 2007

Only the most rare and beautiful automobiles will be invited to Palm Springs next year as a part of a miniature version of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the world's premier collection of exotic vehicles.

The Desert Classic Concours is set for March 1 at the O'Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs. More than 100 vehicles, including Packards, Aston Martins, Cords and Duesenbergs will vie for the top title.

When29 February - 01 March 2008 (2 days) 
Deadline05 February 2008 (entry closed) 
WhereO’Donnell Golf Course
301 N. Belardo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262
UNITED STATES 
CategoriesConcours, Tour 
Contact(760) 346-1810 (Phone)

 

In creating the inaugural Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance, we are stepping back in time. The California sports car races of the 1950s were unparalleled social events that cultivated automotive enthusiasm in a post war America. These road races were the training ground for a generation of bigger than life drivers, piloting what have become today's most celebrated competition collector cars. The wicker basket festivities of the Paddock and Parking area of the races have evolved into the modern Concours.

 

The focus of post-war enthusiasm were the races at Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Paramount Ranch, Torrey Pines, Pomona, Riverside and of course through the Del Monte Forest. The grids were filled with the MGs & Jaguars, Alfa Romeos & Oscas, Bristols & Healeys, Aston Martins & Allards, Kurtis & Corvettes, Ferraris & Maseratis, Porsches & Cal specials that defined an era. The Paddocks were filled with Sunbeam Alpines & Mercedes Gull-wings, MG Magnettes & Fiat sedans, Buick Roadmasters & Chevy Nomads. All with a tartan blanket, tool box, sandwiches and thermos. In the Parking area were the great automobiles of the pre-war era: Bugattis & Bentleys, Packards & Rolls Royce, Duesenbergs & Delahayes, Delages & Isotta Fraschinis, Hispanos & Cadillacs, all pulled out of the garage for a weekend of driving and social activity.

 

The Desert Concours d'Elegance will reflect this Pits, Paddock and Parking area spirit in the way the cars are displayed on the O’Donnell Golf Course. The teams of participating judges are a discerning bunch, who currently set the standards for Concours events internationally.

 

Maserati will be the featured Marque. This sentimental favorite will be showcased in its many competition cars from the 1950s, its superb road cars there after, to the firm's current examples of road going superlatives.