02/14/13 02:08PM automobile collection, Car show, classic car, Concours d'Elegance, Events, San Diego Automotive Museum

La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, La Jolla, CA - April 5-7, 2013

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance has grown into an internationally recognized event. On the weekend of April 5th, 6th and 7th, 2013 La Jolla, California’s sleepy coastal community known for its fabulous shopping, dining and five-star accommodations turns into a weekend destination of elite automotive inspired events.

This high caliber weekend of events has become the place to see and be seen. In its 9th year, this year’s event will kick off with an inaugural party, A Contemporary Classic Cocktail Party on Friday, April 5th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  This year the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is honoring the classics and this exclusive party being held at La Valenica will be taking a twist to this theme.  The Contemporary Classic Cocktail party will showcase incredible wines, champagnes and cocktails from premier beverage purveyors and provide unparalleled cuisine encompassing simple to indulgent menu selections.  Open your mind and get geared up to take a fast-paced, first-class joy ride through the world of lavish living and luxury where guests will receive champagne from crystal-covered contortionists and watch the body-painted beauties turning every dark corner of the venue into an artistic masterpiece by entwining their bodies together to transform into the image of the front end of a classic Duesenberg. This will be a very intimate soirée with limited tickets available at $125 each and will be the must attend event of the season.

On Saturday, April 6th, 2013, car enthusiasts will find themselves cruising 60 to 70 miles of San Diego’s beautiful coastline and visiting its most scenic locations.  The Motor Tour will leave from the San Diego Automotive Museum, and then drive to the Coronado Naval Base where they will get a private VIP tour of the “Wolfpack” Squadrons Naval helicopters, as well as the chance to check out the Ferrari Challenge Race Team Trailer. The next stop will be a catered lunch at The Grand Del Mar prior to the drivers and spectators seeing one of the most spectacular automotive displays at the private collection of Chuck Spielman’s Only Yesterday Garage. After an eventful and memorable Motor Tour everyone will enjoy a final stop at The La Jolla Country Club for a champagne toast and awards presentation.

The Ellen Browning Scripps Park will light up the night on Saturday Evening with the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance’s Saturday Evening VIP Reception from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This exclusive event is the perfect escape for car entrants, judges, sponsors and VIP guests to mingle and enjoy a fabulous cocktail party along the oceanfront. In addition to guests, some of La Jolla’s finest restaurants and chefs will be in attendance serving up culinary masterpieces along with a high-end silent auction items and incredible entertainment.  Limited tickets are available for $100 each.

Concluding this weekend of automotive events will be 9th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, April 7th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM and will be the day that everyone has been eagerly anticipating. Each year this collection of automobiles continues to provide its audience with the most stunning and magnificent display of vehicles in the world and this year’s field will exceed all expectations. The theme for this year’s Concours will be honoring the classics and here is a small preview of the pristine collection of vintage automobiles that will be on display: Chuck Spielman’s Duesenberg Convertible Sedan Body by Murphy that took Best In Class at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance; Paul Emple’s 1930 Isotta Fraschini 8A Flying Star Roadster, 1947 Delahaye 175S Cabriolet and his 1930 Minerva AL Van Den Plas Cabriolet; Ken Smith’s 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Disappearing Top Convertible that took Best in Show at both the 2010 Quail Motorsports Gathering; Peter Mullin’s pontoon-fendered 1937 Delahaye Type 145 V-12 Coupe featured in Road & Track Magazine and Classic Driver Magazine; and a car from the Petersen Automotive Museum collection, which has showcased the famed Jonckheere “round-door” Rolls-Royce Phantom I Aerodynamic Coupe and Cadillac Ghia Coupe 1953, once owned by Rita Hayworth in the previous years.

Tickets to the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance are $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event or upgrade your experience with a VIP Ticket for $100, which includes one entry plus access to the exclusive VIP Area with complimentary food & beverages and one commemorative poster. In addition to these options, elite businesses and individuals will have the option to purchase a hospitality tent located in the center of the Concours action, which will provide a private lounge area along the ocean where guests can all mingle together with an array of complimentary beverages and food.

Attendees will once again see the return of the La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours as an extension of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, expanding the show from the Ellen Browning Scripps Park into the La Jolla Village. This event is free and open to the public and will provide event attendees with a unique display of over 150 cars along with a stage providing a variety of entertainment and a children’s automotive area.

Additional La Jolla Concours d’Elegance highlights include Honorary Chief Judge Ed Gilbertson, a former Head Judge of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, as well as Dr. Cy Conrad the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Chief Judge and a past judge of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Keith Martin, Editor and Publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine will also be in attendance returning for his third year as Emcee of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance.

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance has spent that last two years making large strives to turn this coastal community event into an international automobile showcase and this is in a large part due to G. Michael Dorvillier, Principle of LPL Financial as he has taken on the role of the distinguished Chairman of this event. Under his leadership and guidance he has taken this Concours to a new level and Honorary Chief Judge, Ed Gilbertson, a former Chief Judge of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has said, "The La Jolla Concours d'Elegance with its serious judging and an excellent venue has everything it takes to be a first rate major Concours."  G. Michael Dorvillier is committed to the Concours for the next three years as Chairman and will continue to surprise car enthusiasts, sponsors and attendees with new features, one-of-a-kind experiences and incredible automobiles.

The funds raised at the 9th La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will benefit the Monarch School Project, which educates students who have been impacted by homelessness and the La Jolla Historical Society, which preserves the history of La Jolla, both organizations are 501c3 non-profits.  For more information on the Concours, to obtain a registration form or purchase tickets to the variety of events over the weekend please visit LaJollaConcours.com or call 619-233-5008.