Dana Point Concours Hosts Some Beauties

June 30th, 2011

Last weekend the wealthy, the wannabes and the just plain car lovers gathered to gawk at some great classics, motorcycles and almost-classics at the Dana Point Concours d’Élegance in Southern California.

The setting was a golf course at the foot of the fancy St. Regis Hotel (blurbed as the only Five-Star and Five-Diamond resort in California). Certainly not all the attendees could afford these digs, but they did see some fine cars, ranging from old, old classics to vintage Corvettes and T’birds. Some people even bought a few.

The event is not really up to Pebble Beach standards, but it has been around for 28 years in one form or another, and this year’s event included “nearly 200 judged entries and perhaps an equal number of display vehicles,” an auction of over 100 cars and a bunch of awards.

We’ll show you some of the ones that caught our eye.

1965 Alfa Romeo TZ2 GT CoupeThere was a celebration of the 2010 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo, including this 1965 TZ2 GT Coupe (above) and a gorgeous 1949 Villa dÉste Berlinetta in black (below).1949 Alfa Romeo Villa dÉste Berlinetta

1997 Ferrari F50Here’s a 1997 Ferrari F50, built to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan Custom Rod RiguezHot rods were in abundance, none weirder than this 1930 Ford Model A Tudor Sedan Custom Rod Riguez.

1940 Packard woodyThe show included some great woodies, like a 1940 Packard (above). And the Best in Show award was taken by a 1929 Auburn 8-120 Boattail (below).1929 Auburn 8-120 Boattail

Save your pennies for your St. Regis reservations next year.

Would you attend a classic concours d’elegance event like this? Why, or why not?

—jgoods

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  1. Randy
    July 1st, 2011 at 17:50 | #1

    If you let me pick between the Ferrari and the woody, I’d have to think about it. Of course the Ferrari would win, but I’d still have to think about it. Thank goodness car enthusiasts don’t cut up those beautiful old Alfas and similar cars to make hot rods.

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