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The Worlds Greatest Concours d’Elegance

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  1. Rossocorsa1

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    Concours (attending/competing) are a passion on mine. Below are listed the generally recognized greatest concours in the world. I’ve attended Pebble Beach and Cavallino each multiple times. I’d love to hear from those who’ve attended some/all and hear impressions about what makes them unique and special.

    - Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

    - Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

    - Cavallino Classic Concours d’Elegance

    - Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance

    - Concours d’Elegance Hampton Court Palace

    - Chantilly Arts & Elegance

    - Goodwood Cartier Style St Luxe Concours d’Elegance

    - Concorso d”Eleganza Villa d’Este
     
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  3. Gatorrari

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    Of the ones listed, I've only ever attended the Cavallino on a few occasions. The Atlanta and Boca Raton Concours aren't in the same class. Should Hilton Head (which I have not attended) be on the list?

    (You have a typo: the Goodwood concours is Style et Luxe.)
     
  4. Rossocorsa1

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    Thanks for the note. I’ll ask the moderator to fix the typo.

    As for the question about the other two concours, no, they are not in the same league.
     
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    The FCA National 6 times. The latest being 2014 when it was held at the Lansdowne in Leesburg. The actual concours field was Creighton Farms golf course in Aldie, VA.
     
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    The Cavallino concorso has some spectacular cars, but some equally spectacular ones show up in the visiting exotics parking lot outside the show grounds. One year I was looking at an example of the open-top version of the 2005 Ford GT (the X1) when someone yelled "look at that!" and I turned to see a Bugatti Veyron pulling into the lot. More recently, I was walking back from lunch when I was passed by an inbound Pagani Huayra!
     
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  8. Rossocorsa1

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    Yes, no question there are some amazing cars that cruise the Breakers throughout Cavallino week. And, of course, all the shows above always have exceptional Ferrari's. What makes Cavallino so incredible is the scale and concentration of the best of the best Ferrari's, particularly the great vintage cars.
     
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    I think the Concorso Italiano at Monterey deserves an honorable mention just for the sheer number of cars there. You're more likely to see more of just about any model Ferrari (or any other Italian exotic) there than anywhere else in the world. When I was there in 2004 they had nine Enzos and perhaps two dozen Daytonas! And a group of multi-colored Gallardos looked like so many very expensive gumdrops!
     
  10. Marcel Massini

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    Sorry to disagree.

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    #9 Marcel Massini, Jun 8, 2020
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    Over the past 45 years I have been to all of the aforementioned events several dozen times.
    Suggest to delete Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe. Not in the same league as the others.
    Villa d'Este is an absolutely fantastic and charming location (the hotel) with first class food and one of the best hotels worldwide and sensational park and lake but (with very few exceptions) the quality of the cars doesn't reach the level of Pebble, Amelia and Cavallino. Besides that, who wants to see the same old BMW's every year again and again (BMW Munich is main sponsor since long time). VDE is more of a beauty contest and an in-place for the wannabees and some VIP/VVIP. The Concours is small and has never more than 60 entrants.
    My 0.2 cents.

    Marcel Massini
     
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  13. Rossocorsa1

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    While I appreciate your thoughts, I wouldn’t consider Concorso Italiano anywhere near the class of the others. As a enthusiasts show, it’s a lot of fun and interesting, but the quality of cars presented isn’t terribly impressive by comparison, regardless of how many there are.
     
  14. Rossocorsa1

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    Marcel - appreciate your comments. Would you then consider this a more appropriate list of the best of the best?

    - Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

    - Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

    - Cavallino Classic Concours d’Elegance

    - Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance

    - Concours d’Elegance Hampton Court Palace

    - Chantilly Arts & Elegance
     
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    Consorso Italiano, which doesn't have the crazy amazing cars of Pebble and Quail, it always has amazing camaraderie and friendship. I still go there for the passione of regular car guys who own and love Italian cars. In short, CI is for hanging out with friends, with a very warm and congenial atmosphere. I also had the pleasure of meeting Marcel there and my kids have the best memories of going there from a very young age and sitting inside Enzos and F40s and being made to feel very special.
     
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    I would agree with this. Fun and lively, but not at the platinum end of the spectrum. Though I’ve only attended once, I am told it isn’t what it used to be.
     
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    No one answered my question: where does Hilton Head rank in all of this?
     
  18. Rossocorsa1

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    I would place it in a quality category with regional US shows, like a Greenwich and La Jolla. It isn’t at the top of the food chain, like the others listed above.
     
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    Having organized an event ir two. If it’s based on the cars, I’ll take the “rolling” Concours at the Goodwood Revival over everything else. If it’s based on venue, Villa d’Este, Pebble, with Concours at Windsor Castle/Hampton Court also stunning venues.
     
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    In recent years CI unfortunately has become barely a shadow of what it used to be 10+ years ago (i.e. 2004, etc). :(
     
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