2014 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance recapped


Last Sunday was the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, and I hope I wasn’t the only one here that went to see it. I gave you 2 week warning after all. In my not so humble this car show was the best I’ve ever seen and well worth the cost of admission.

What you got was a tightly curated show, all beautifully and accurately restored autmobiles. The show was spread out over several holes at the Trump National Golf Course in Palos Verdes. Cars were grouped by theme, Woodies, Virgil Exner Design, Innovative Design, Import, Hot Rod etc.,. There was even a special section dedicated to first generation Mustangs that are now celebrating their 50th years in existence.

It was a miserably hot humid day but I managed to cover it all.  I was just gobsmacked by the beauty of those old Cord’s Auburns and Duesenbergs from the 1920-30s.  The crafstmanship in those cars was quite remarkable.  They were rare in their day which makes them even more astounding to find running examples today.

Within each grouping of cars there were “derelicts” or running unrestored examples that have survived the decades to roll into this show.  In some respects I give a hat tip to those cars over the others as they made it to the show out of benign neglect over the decades and still run. A testimony of sorts for the need to respect things as they are and leave well enough alone.

Of course all pics and video by me. More can be found on my flickr set