The Arizona Concours d’Elegance offers free close-up look

1907 Stevens-Duryea Model U

A 1907 Stevens-Duryea Model U driven by owner Alan Travis of Phoenix in last year’s Arizona Tour d’Elegance

 

A free public showing of the spectacular vintage automobiles from the Arizona Concours d’Elegance takes place on Monday, January 25, when the Arizona Tour d’Elegance rolls into Old Town Scottsdale.

Classic Duesenbergs to stunning Ferraris, sporty Allards to unique Zagato designs, and many others will start arriving shortly after noon on Marshall Way, which will be closed off between Third and Fifth avenues. The cars will be parked for public viewing for about two hours while the entrants have lunch before proceeding on the next leg of the tour.

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (front) and 1954 Fiat 8V coupe

A 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing (front) and a 1954 Fiat 8V coupe parked during last year’s Arizona Tour d’Elegance

 

The Marshall Way stop provides a glimpse of the rare and exceptional vehicles on the road rather than in static display. Come early to see the cars arrive and stay to watch them drive off.

The Tour d’Elegance is held on the day following the third annual Arizona Concours, which fills the inner lawns of the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort with more than 90 examples of beautiful automotive history on Sunday, January 24.

The daylong Tour runs along 75 miles of scenic roads in and around the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, and is expected to be undertaken by many of the Concours cars, which range from early brass-era models, through the great classics of the ’20s and ’30s, to post-war sports cars, exotics and unique masterpieces of automotive design.

“The Tour d’Elegance is held to reward the owners of the cars in the best way possible,” said Scott McPherson, the Arizona Concours committee member who organizes the Tour. “That is, to drive their prized possessions with fellow enthusiasts.” Now in its second year, the driving tour incorporates viewings of private collections and historically significant Arizona landmarks.

“This year’s public viewing on Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale will showcase around 60 of the Concours cars, and will include live entertainment,” McPherson added. “We hope to grow this free event in future years, further allowing residents and visitors to enjoy these magnificent automobiles. Come join in the fun!”

The annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance, which starts off Arizona’s famed Classic Car Week of auctions and events, benefits Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the founding chapter of the national foundation that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Tickets for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance are priced at $80 in advance or $100 at the door. The Arizona Concours is a boutique automotive event and tickets are strictly limited, so guests are urged to purchase them as soon as possible; the January 2015 event was a sellout.

Three panel discussions will be held on Saturday, January 23, at the Arizona Biltmore: the Phoenix Automotive Press Association preview of the collector car auctions in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, a roundtable talk with six winning drivers of the Indianapolis 500, and a design seminar with Andrea Zagato, the third generation of his family to lead Carrozzeria Zagato since its founding in 1919, and J Mays, the former head of global design for Ford Motor Company.

For tickets and information about all these events, visit ArizonaConcours.com. Also available on the website is the Arizona Concours mobile app.

 


 

 

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