Arizona Biltmore to Host the State's First Concours d'Elegance in January
Every January, new world records are set in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area during the many major collector car auctions that take place. In Scottsdale in 2013 a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider sold for a record-breaking $8.25 million at Gooding & Co.’s sale. Likewise, RM Auctions set another milestone with the sale of a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione for $8.14 million on the same day.
There’s never been a world-class Concours d’Elegance to accompany the big-ticket auctions, but in 2014 the legendary Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, plans to rectify that. The inaugural Arizona Concours d’Elegance will be held on the resort’s grounds on Sunday, January 12, 2014.
Modeled after the world’s top Concours at the likes of Pebble Beach Villa d’Este, Italy, the Arizona Concours d’Elegance will feature 80 incredible automobiles, from Bugattis and Maseratis to Packards. The vehicles will be on display throughout the day of the event on picturesque Squaw Peak Lawn, which first opened in 1929.
Concours judges will award winners in each class category, including vintage, classic, sports, racing and exotics, as well as a hotly contested Best of Show prize. Award winners will receive trophies specially prepared by acclaimed Arizona artist Ed Mell. A number of special awards will also be presented during the Arizona Concours. Proceeds from the event will benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.