A world-class Concours d’Elegance car show comes to central Phoenix for the first time this month. The Arizona Biltmore, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., will host the inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, Jan. 12.
Concours d’Elegance, a French phrase meaning a “competition of elegance,” dates back to 17th Century Paris when the aristocracy would parade horse-drawn carriages in the parks during summer weekends and holidays. As carriages gave way to automobiles, the events evolved into competitions among owners of prestigious cars.
The Arizona Concours d’Elegance will feature 80 exceptional automobiles, from Bugattis and Maseratis to Packards. The vehicles will be on display throughout the day on the Arizona Biltmore’s Squaw Peak Lawn.
Concours judges will pore over each entry to pick the winner in each class category—including vintage, classic, sports, racing and exotics—as well as the coveted Best of Show prize.
Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Market and American Car Collector magazines, will be the event’s host and emcee. The inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance will be a charity event with proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish Arizona.
Visitor tickets for the show are $75 each. To purchase tickets, go to www.Arizona Concours.com.