Style and Luxury

 

A world-class Concours d’Elegance 

has long been envisioned as a focal

point for Arizona auction week every

January, when all eyes in the collector-

car world turn to the Scottsdale/

Phoenix area for its famous  

array of automobile auctions.

 

 

On Sun., Jan. 12, 2014, the vision comes to life when the inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance at the Arizona Biltmore Resort starts off auction week with a premium event of style and luxury.

Modeled after such great concours as Pebble Beach in California and Villa d’Este in Italy, the Arizona Concours d’Elegance will present 77 exceptional automobiles or more to compete in classes that range from vintage and classic to sports, racing and exotics. 

The oldest entry in the Arizona Concours is a 1905 Mitchell D-4 Runabout, and the youngest is a 1975 Lamborghini Countach. The honored marques for the first year are American luxury brand Packard and Maserati, the Italian sports and racing brand that commemorates its 100th anniversary during 2014. The Packard collection will include classic models among the Classic Car Club of America judging classes. Pre- and post-war examples of competition and road cars from Maserati’s illustrious history also will be on display at the concours.

The beautiful automobiles will be presented in an intimate setting within the art deco elegance of the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Arizona Biltmore, which serves as host for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. 

Top concours judges will pore over each entry to pick the class winners as well as the coveted Best of Show. Spectators will be treated to the sights and sounds of the very-highest order of Concours d’Elegance competitions. 

The Arizona Concours is open to the public. It begins at 8:30 a.m., with the awards ceremony at 2 p.m. The trophies were designed by Arizona painter and sculptor Ed Mell, who created them from a 1930s-vintage art deco toy car.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona. 

This 1937 Cord 812 convertible was owned and driven by silent-screen Western film star Tom Mix. It is the very car in which he crashed fatally Oct. 12, 1940, near Florence, Ariz. The Cord has been completely repaired and restored, and is festooned with flags, badges and other Western regalia as Mix had decorated the car when he owned it. This is a unique and important piece of early Hollywood and Arizona history. The car is currently owned by Scottsdale resident Bob White.  PHOTO BY BOB WHITE

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At top, 1937 Maserati 6CM grand prix car, owned by Bill and Linda Pope of Paradise Valley    PHOTO BY MICHAEL TOBIAN 

 

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