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Arizona Concours d’Elegance returns to Scottsdale Civic Center

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A 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos coupe rolls across the 360 Stage at Scottsdale Civic Center during the 2023 Arizona Concours d’Elegance. (Photo Courtesy of Bob Golfen/DigitalFreePress)
Scottsdale Civic Center expects Concours d’Elegance this January
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The Art of Automotive Design has been chosen as the theme for the next Arizona Concours d’Elegance, which is set for Saturday, Jan. 21, 2024, at the newly renovated Scottsdale Civic Center, where a splendid array of 100 rare and historic automobiles are expected to arrive.

The sixth edition of the Arizona Concours, and the second year at the Scottsdale locale, will focus on some of the world’s most superb examples of the art of coachbuilding and car design, shown in the luxury atmosphere of a stylish garden party.

“We are excited about our continued partnership with Arizona Concours d’Elegance,” said Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts. “This prestigious event presents automotive art in a beautiful setting. Scottsdale Arts is a leader in all things art and culture in Arizona, and the 2024 Concours is a wonderful event to bring to our community.”

The Concours is a professionally judged and curated assembly of rarely seen dream cars and highly valued collector vehicles — examples that impress and excite not only car lovers but also anyone who appreciates the beauty of expressive design.

The Best of Show winner for the 2023 event, a luscious 1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Cabriolet with a sweeping body designed by Giuseppe Figoni, exemplified the elegant automobiles that are seen at the Arizona Concours.

The judged vehicles range from antiques from the dawn of motoring through pre-war classics, sports and competition cars, and modern-day exotics.

Scottsdale Civic Center expects Concours d’Elegance this January

Previously held at the Arizona Biltmore, the Arizona Concours at Scottsdale Civic Center is presented in partnership with Scottsdale Arts, the nonprofit organization responsible for multidisciplinary artistic services in the city. Proceeds from the event benefit local artists and the arts community.

“We are delighted to be back at the wonderful Scottsdale Civic Center and look forward to presenting a field of automobiles that truly exhibit ‘The Art of Automotive Design,’” said Chuck Stanford Jr., who co-chairs the Concours along with Ed Winkler, a former Town of Paradise Valley mayor and steward of the Paradise Valley Veterans Car Show. “The 2024 Arizona Concours field will showcase some of the world’s rarest and most-dramatic cars – designs that people rarely have the opportunity to see in person.”

Construction is now finished, and the 2024 Concours will be expanded to fill the entire landscaped space, with the awards ceremony held on an elegant new outdoor stage.

Co-Chairman Winkler noted that the January 2023 Concours received rave reviews from the media and the public.

“We received great reviews on the quality of the cars and the beauty of the venue, the Scottsdale Civic Center,” Mr. Winkler noted. “The setting is breathtaking, and the award presentations for 2024 will be the most dramatic ever presented by the Arizona Concours.”

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