After one-year absence, Palos Verdes Concours returns with a new location and vintage aircraft display
Porsche is one of this year’s featured marques, and this 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster will be on display. Photo courtesy Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance.
First held in 1992, the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance has had several homes on the Palos Verdes Peninsula over the years. In 2015, the Los Verdes Golf Course played host to the event, but parking proved challenging, lowering the event’s attendance. After cancelling the venue in 2016, the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance returns on Sunday, October 1, 2017, adding vintage aircraft to the mix at its new location, Louis Zamperini Field in Torrance, California.
The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance faced other obstacles as well, including the proliferation of concours events and marque-specific shows in recent years. As attendance dropped and corporate budgets tightened, larger sponsors declined to renew, reducing the budget to compete against other regional shows. Instead of matching them for size and scope, Palos Verdes organizers realized it was time to do something different and announced a one-year hiatus in June of 2016.
Hence the new location at Louis Zamperini Field, which provides ample parking for both show cars and attendees, while adding vintage and contemporary aircraft to the mix. Planes expected to participate in this year’s event include a Northrop YF-23A Advanced Tactical Fighter; a Grumman F-14A “Tomcat;” a British Aerospace Harrier T.4 Jump Jet; a Travel Air biplane; a Ryan ST-A; a Grumman F4F Wildcat; a North American P-51D Mustang; a Stearman PT-17 Kydet biplane; a Waco UIC standard cabin biplane; a Stearman Model 75 biplane; a Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing biplane; and a Pitts Special S-1 aerobatic biplane. The Northrup YF-23 and Grumman F-14 Tomcat are regularly housed at the Western Museum of Flight, also located at Zamperini Field.
Featured automotive marques for the 2017 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance include Packard and Porsche, reflecting the event’s theme of “Elegance & Speed.” Classes of note for this year’s event include Under 3-liter European Sports Cars; American Speed 1949-’72; Golden Era Hot Rods 1930-’60; Race Cars of Special Interest; Italian Speed 1948-’76 and Shelby Automobiles 1962-’70. Traditional concours d’elegance classes, such as open and closed classics, Brass Era cars, and postwar elegance from both sides of the Atlantic will also be part of the show.
The advance purchase ticket price of $40 ($50 the day of the show) includes admission to the Western Museum of Flight; food trucks will be on hand offering a variety of culinary delights. Proceeds will go to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor, as well as the Western Museum of Flight. For more details, visit PVConcours.org.