Monday, June 27, 2011

29th Annual Dana Point Concours d'Elegance

This past Sunday I stopped in at the 29th Annual Dana Point Concours d'Elegance held once again on the Monarch Bay golf course at the St. Regis Resort. With dramatic views of the ocean, the rolling greenery of the links and the surrounding mansions, the venue feels like it was built solely to play host to this concours.

Second only to Pebble Beach in prominence among the California concours in my mind, Dana Point has really come of its own. With nearly 200 entries and display vehicles, it's a big show that still manages to feel... manageable, and the field of entrants was once again amazing. This year's event also included a tour of private local collections that I covered earlier, and for the first time, a collectible car auction as well, from auction house EG.

With proceeds going to support the Ocean Institute, the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital and other Southern California youth charities, the Dana Point Concours is run as a Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Concours, but with some additional classes thrown in to showcase particularly interesting vehicles and relevant milestones. Just take a look at the photo above and you'll see the wide variety of outstanding vehicles that this show attracts.

Click through the gallery and you'll see everything from this year's Best of Show winner - Helen and Jack Nethercut's stunning 1931 Type 51 Bugatti Coupe - to Michael Schumacher's 2001 F1 car. It's always hard to pick favorites but besides those two, the blue Ferrari 275 GTB, Bizzarrini 5300GT Stradale, Buick Super Coupe, Hudson 112 Coupe, and General Lyon's Duesenberg SJ Gurney Nutting Speedster and Mercedes 540K stood out a bit more than the rest.

Click here to see the whole gallery.

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