The Phoenix / Scottsdale metro area is no stranger to beautiful automobiles. Having hosted multiple Formula One races on its streets, the city is no stranger to prestige and style. The Concours d'Elegance is perhaps the most jaw-dropping display of classic automobiles in the world, mixing high fashion with automotive art and featuring cars from the early 1900's all the way into the 1970s. An old school Bugatti parked in front of the Biltmore sign — Photo courtesy of Arizona Biltmore
The Concours d'Elegance of Phoenix will be held on January 12th, 2014 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. The event will kick off the traditional week long showcase of auto shows and auctions usually held before the legendary Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction wraps up the festivities many days later. At the Concours d'Elegance, you can expect to see more than 80 different cars spanning several decades from mythical manufacturers like Bugatti, Ferrari, Maserati, Morgan, Aston-Martin, Lincoln, and many others.
The types of cars on hand range from luxury vehicles to sports cars, and even exotics. The judges at the event will go over every meticulous detail of every rolling work of art before they hand out the awards for the five classes and the highly sought after Best-of-Show award.
If you’re looking to nab one of these vehicles for yourself, then you’re in luck. Events like these usually attract others who are looking to sell similar rides in auctions the Concours hosts. However, many may be waiting for the massive Barrett-Jackson auctioning event later in the week where cars of all types from all timelines can easily go for six figures or even more. The whole affair will have a variety of side events to participate in as well, and the best part is that all proceeds go to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona. A classic Lincoln at ancor in front of the iconic the Arizona Biltmore: A Waldorf Astoria Resort where the event takes place — Photo courtesy of Arizona Biltmore
The venue for the Concours is a beautiful, one-of-a-kind resort built in 1929 and dubbed “The Jewel of the Desert” upon its completion: The Arizona Biltmore. The architecture of the complex is instantly recognizable and sits atop the Phoenix Mountain Preserve on its 39 acres of rooms, spas, pools, and other recreational attractions. The resort also has special deals for the week of the event, so book a room as soon as possible because these rooms will go fast for the inaugural showing.
With cars being available to everyone today and such a plethora of the mechanical devices rolling across the highways, it’s easy to forget just how extravagant and high-end cars used to be. A set of wheels used to be only for those with the deep pockets to finance and maintain them, and as such people spared no expense on looks. Today, these vehicles have withstood the test of time and continue to make heads turn nearly 100 years later. If only the same could be said about our fashion sense.