The Dana Point Concours d'Elegance is an automotive charitable event held each year on the Monarch Beach Golf Links at the Monarch Beach Resort Resort in Dana Point, California. It is operated primarily as a Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Concours, with additional classes showcasing interesting and relevant automobiles and motorcycles. The 2010 event was held Sunday, June 27, 2010 moving from its traditional date in September.
A Concours d'Elegance (French, literally "a competition of elegance") is an event open to both prewar and postwar collector cars in which they are judged for authenticity, function, history, and style. Classes are commonly arranged by type, marque (manufacturer), coachbuilder, country of origin, or time period. Judges select first-, second-, and third-place finishers for each class in the event, and the judges confer the "Best of Show" award on one car from the group of first-place winners. In addition, a group of honorary judges, individuals who have made significant contributions to the automotive industry or motorsports, award a number of subjective awards to recognize standout vehicles regardless of class ribbons, as well as memorial awards created to honor specific automotive industry personages.
The first Concours was held in 1983 and was known as the Newport Beach Concours d'Elegance. It was held on the campus of University of California, Irvine for the first 10 years before moving to Pelican Hill Resort. In 2008 the event moved to the Monarch Beach Golf Links at the Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point and in 2010 the Concours organizing committee officially changed the name of the event to the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance to properly reflect its new home.
There was no Concours in 2020.
Each year's Dana Point Concours honors a featured marque, coachbuilder, type or classification:
- 2010: Alfa Romeo & Pininfarina
- 2009: Mercedes-Benz & Aston Martin
- 2008: Cadillac
- 2007: 25 Years of Cars
- 2006: Mercedes-Benz
- 2005: Ferrari
- 2004: Rolls Royce & Bentley
- 2003: Packard
- 2002: Aston Martin
- 2001: Jaguar
- 2000: Lincoln
- 1999: Packard
- 1998: British Sports Racing Cars
- 1997: French Coachbuilders
- 1996: German Automotive Heritage
- 1995: Italian Cars
- 1994: British Auto Masterpieces
- 1993: Antiques
- 1992: American Classics
- 1991: Mercedes-Benz
- 1990: Cadillac
- 1989: Ferrari
- 1988: Pierce-Arrow
- 1987: French Classics
- 1986: Duesenberg
- 1985: Rolls Royce
- 1984: Packard
- 1983: Bugatti Royale
History of locations:
- 2008–2019, 2021–: Monarch Beach Golf Links at the Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA
- 2004–2007: Strawberry Farms Golf Club, Irvine, CA
- 2002–2005: Hidden Valley Park, Irvine, CA
- 2000–2001: The Oaks, San Juan Capistrano, CA
- 1994–1999: Pelican Hill Golf Club, Newport Coast, CA
- 1983–1993: University of California, Irvine, CA
Prospective entrants must submit an application for each car, and the Concours field is selected from each year's pool of applicants. Entrants also come from some of Southern California's leading car collections such as the Nethercutt Collection and Petersen Automotive Museum.
Best of Show winners by year:
- 2010: 1929 Auburn 8-120 Boattail
- 2009: 1951 Delahaye 235 Roadster
- 2008: 1937 Talbot-Lago T150-C-S Sport Coupe
- 2007: 1931 Cadillac Sport Phaeton V-16 Fleetwood
- 2006: 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition Convertible
- 2005: 1934 Duesenberg Walker LeGrande J534 Covertible
- 2004: 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
- 2003: 1932 Bugatti Type 49 Cabriolet
- 2002: 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster
- 2001: 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Skiff
- 2000: 1931 Duesenberg J Boattail Speedster
- 1999: 1939 Packard 1708 Sport Phaeton
- 1998: 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
- 1997: 1934 Voisin C27 Figoni Cabriolet
- 1996: 1906 Panhard Double Phaeton
- 1995: 1930 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS Castagna
- 1994: 1929 Rolls Royce P11 Brewster Town car
- 1993: 1909 Winton 17 Touring
- 1992: 1939 Delahaye Type 165 Figoni et Falashi
- 1991: 1939 Mercedes-Benz 770 K Cabriolet B
- 1990: 1931 Bugatti Type 54 O-Uhlik Roadster
- 1989: 1922 Hispano-Suiza H6B Labourdette Skiff
- 1988: 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster
- 1987: 1939 Delage D8 120 Letourneur Sport Cabriolet
- 1986: 1931 Cadillac 452 Fleetwood Sport Phaeton
- 1985: 1930 Duesenberg J Boattail Speedster
- 1984: 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster
- 1983: 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K
The excess proceeds of the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance support the Ocean Institute, the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital as well as other Southern California youth charities.
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