08/17/09 11:53AM Car Shows in Utah, Classic Cars, Muscle Cars, Utah Concours, Vintage Cars

Utah Concours Preview and Advice 2009
August 17, 11:02 AM Salt Lake City Autos Examiner Brian Champagne

Utah Concours,Utah Car Show

Utah hosts a dozen or so large car shows a year, each with a different focus. The Utah Concours focuses on the older, mostly original, beautiful cars. Street rods are in very short supply, as are choppers and wild imports. This is a show you can bring your grandparents to, but it’s not just for old people. I might even go so far as to say you could bring a non-car person to it, and the person wouldn’t moan like non-car persons usually do when taken to a car show.

Many of the vintage cars have as much in common with art as transportation. Check out the slide show for some examples.

This year’s show promises a 1933 Rolls Royce Phantom II, 1951 Ferrari 212, and a 1931 Pierce Arrow. Last year’s show had a Kaiser Darrin (very rare), and some beautiful hearses from the 1930s.

Many of the cars come from RV Dealer Ardell Brown’s collection, and he is a major backer and organizer.

The Concours started in 1971, and benefits various charities. This year, portions of the proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Museum of Natural Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point.

The big show is Saturday, August 22, 2009, from 9am to 6pm. However, on Friday, August 21, starting at 10:00 am, there will be a driving tour between Thanksgiving Point and Miller Motorsports Park and back, taking the scenic route through Cedar Valley and the old mining town of Ophir.  Concours drivers get the opportunity of taking laps around the Miller course, but the public (you) can come out, drive, and take shots of classics in action.

The main (and parked) show will be held at Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah. The cars park on the grass, in a nice environment with food and drink for sale.

Shade can be found, but there’s not much while you’re walking around looking at cars. I recommend getting there as early as you can for several reasons:

1) It’s cooler.

2) Crowds are lighter, so you can see more of the cars, and photograph them without trying to herd people out of your shots.

3) Vehicle owners are “fresher,” and more likely to talk with you about their cars.

4) If it’s hot, some owners get a little tired in the afternoons and leave early.

5) This summer's weather has been crazy. If things get wierd, they'll prbably only get wierd for a little while. Starting early, you'll keep your weather options open. I like being out in summer rain, but I don't drive covertible 1957 Chevrolet.

Don’t forget to bring water and a goofy hat. Goofy hats, in general, keep more sun off you, make you more socially isolated (you’re here to see cars, not go chatting with everyone), and will fit in just fine.

Seriously, this car show is for history and design aficionados as much as it is for gearheads.

Event Information

Every year since 1971, an extraordinary event brings together approximately 100 of the most rare, prized, and pristine collector automobiles in the world. The occasion is the Utah Concours d’Elegance, one of the most prestigious events in the automotive world.  This year’s Concours is to be held at the Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah between August 21-23, 2009 with the car show being held on Saturday, August 22. The Concours is not a challenge of speed or horsepower, but a competition of excellence and precision. Automobiles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style. And the best garner reward and recognition. Thousands of enthusiasts come to celebrate these cars and enjoy the company of others who share their passion.

Car Show:

Gates open at 9:00 am and runs until 6:00 pm.

Golf Tournament:

Join us for a great time at West Ridge Golf Course on Tuesday, August 11 for a 4-man scramble golf tournament.  We will have a shotgun at 8:00am and we will be playing 18 holes.   Participants will have a choice of lunches.  The cost per person is $100 and $400 per team.   Participants will receive a golf cart and will have their choice lunches. 

Concours Motoring Tour:
On Friday, August 21 starting at 10:00 am, there will be a motoring tour between Thanksgiving Point and the Miller Motorsports Park and back.  We will be taking the scenic route that passes Cedar Valley and the old mining town of Ophir.  There will be a box lunch and the opportunity of taking an easy lap or two around the world famous race course.  Although many of the participating automobiles will be those entered into the Concours, everyone is welcome to join us for this fun-filled motoring tour.  This is a terrific photo op for everyone.  Fee is $35 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Utah Concours charities.  To learn more, please click here or contact Jack Moylan at (801) 694-9918 or minatori2@msn.com.  Please make checks payable to "Utah Concours d'Elegance" and send them by August 12th to Utah Concours d'Elegance, PO Box 9194, Midvale, Utah 84047-9194.  Please indicate the number of people attending.

Concours Banquet:

On the evening of Friday, August 21 Utah Concours is holding a Banquet at the Thanksgiving Point Golf Club House.  This event is open to anyone who would like to attend.  This is a great chance to rub shoulders with the owners of the magnificent automobiles displayed in the show.  Special guest speaker will be Wayne Allen Root, the 2012 Libertarian Presidential Candidate.  The Cocktail Party begins at 6:30 pm and dinner will be served at 7:00 pm on the 2nd floor of the Club House.  Dinner tickets are $40 each and space is limited.  For additional information, please contact Dave Traudt at (801) 520-0151 or davet1519@msn.com.  Please make checks payable to "Utah Concours d'Elegance" and send them by August 12th to Utah Concours d'Elegance, PO Box 9194, Midvale, Utah 84047-9194.  Please indicate the number of people attending.
Thanksgiving Point is located at 3003 N. Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, Utah 84043.
For driving directions to Thanksgiving Point, click here.
For a map of Thanksgiving Point and Electric Park, click here.