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100 years of Indy at Desert Classic

2011 Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance to Celebrate Indy 500's 100th Anniversary
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LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Hailed by Der Spiegel magazine as one of the "Top Ten Classic Car Shows in the World," the Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance returns in 2011 with the theme "100 Years of Indy Cars," marking the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. The 4th Annual Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance, presented by La Quinta Resort & Club, will be held Sunday, Feb. 27, in La Quinta, California. More than 200 rarely seen classic cars from museums and private collections will be exhibited for thousands of spectators.

"The Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance will be the first major car event of the year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500," said founder Paul Merrigan. "In its honor, we will display many of the significant cars that have participated in 'The greatest spectacle in racing' over the past century."

Given the enthusiastic response to its previous events, the Desert Classic has initiated two days of classic car racing with the inaugural Historic Races at the new Chuckwalla Valley Raceway located east of La Quinta. Desert Classic SPEED WEEK begins Feb. 19 and 20. The Concours d’Elegance pre-event will be conducted in partnership with the Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA), the largest vintage racing organization in the country dedicated to the preservation of historic and classic race cars. Cars raced during the Desert Classic Races will be on display at the Concours' main event.

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Among the many other exciting events scheduled is the Desert Classic Tour, held the day before the Concours d’Elegance. Spectators will be invited to view more than 75 spectacular vintage automobiles as they gather for a road tour on picturesque Main Street in Old Town La Quinta, an event that is open to the public.

The extraordinary and historic cars, summer-like weather in mid-winter and the spectacular setting at the legendary La Quinta Resort & Club has brought praise and recognition to the Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance from Motor Trend, Auto Week, Hemmings, and many more, distinguishing it among classic car shows in California and around the world. The 2011 event will include displays of other collectible items such as jewelry, watches and art, food and wine, hospitality tents, up-scale vendors, music and entertainment.

EG Auctions, the official auction house of the Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance, is pleased to announce its participation at this year's event. This inaugural year will showcase a presentation of auction vehicles focusing on influential automotive design encompassing many decades. The roster of distinguished and finely restored vehicles will all be offered for sale over one-day, to the highest bidder. They will be presented in the natural beauty and picturesque setting of the La Quinta Resort and Spa. When combined with the world class Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance event, this is the ultimate vintage car weekend for automotive enthusiast, one not to be missed!

The Desert Classic Concours is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and net proceeds are distributed to charitable organizations. Sponsors of the 2011 event include La Quinta Resort and The City of La Quinta.

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