La Jolla: The Jewel & The Concours
Beautiful La Jolla is often referred to as “the jewel”, not only because that is the city’s literal Spanish translation, but also because La Jolla has become known as the diamond of the West Coast. This incredible city embodies class, style and luxury and attracts discerning car enthusiasts from all around the globe. Each year, the coastal town hosts the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and The La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours. 2015 year will mark the eleventh annual year and this fun event will take place over three days, Friday, April 10th through Sunday, April 12th.
THE HISTORY OF THE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE IN LA JOLLA
When you think of the word “concours”, it brings to mind sophisticated women in gorgeous designer outfits, surrounded by stunning flowers, fine art, horses and grand scenery. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance embodies all of those elements, plus the finest automobiles in the world! In the past, the concours has showcased such gems as Woodies, 50’s classics, Carroll Shelby cars, Italian marques and horseless carriages. This year, surrounded by the breathtaking shores of La Jolla, the Concours d’elegance will celebrate the Coachbuilt Classics of the 30’s and 40’s.
The Concours originated in the late 17th century in France and was a social affair with friendly coaches competitions, fashion and wine/champagne. In the late 19th century, carriages were introduced, and the competitions began to take shape. The 1920’s saw Concours events at almost every event, while the 1930’s saw a drop in these societal get-togethers due to the world war. The grandfather of all Concours, Pebble Beach, was developed in 1950 by Jules Huemann, Reverend Paul Woudenberg and Loren Tryon. The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance today celebrates competitors and spectators of this time honored tradition.
THE LA JOLLA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE SCHEDULED EVENTS
Friday, April 10, 2015
Rolls Royce Motor Cars Contemporary Classic Cocktail Party at La Valencia Hotel
Enjoy an intimate soiree while perusing a spectacular display of extraordinary Rolls-Royce automobiles, incredible entertainment, scrumptious culinary bites and a wide selection of sophisticated cocktails, wines and champagnes. Purchase your tickets early as limited tickets are available and this event sold out last year.
7 pm – 10 pm | $150 per person | La Valencia Hotel
Saturday, April 11, 2015
La Jolla Tour d’Elegance
The La Jolla Tour d’Elegance kicks off at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park, one of the finest museum collections of automobiles on the West Coast, offering special exhibits that tell a compelling story of how cars have influenced our lives over the years.
Guests will motor on from the Museum, cruising 20 miles through San Diego’s most scenic beautiful locations to the next stop of the tour, Bill Evan’s Private Collection Garage, where they will step back in time to visit a world class collection of vintage automobiles and an incredible display of memories from a Grand and Elegant era of the past.
From Bill Evan’s Garage, the tour travels to Chuck Spielman’s Only Yesterday Museum, a private showroom of vintage automobiles covering the period from the 30’s to the present, as well as military memorabilia from throughout the last century.
Finishing the La Jolla Tour d’Elegance, you will enjoy a savory lunch reception and awards ceremony held at the luxurious Grand Del Mar!
If you still want to participate in the La Jolla Tour d’Elegance but don’t want to drive your automobile, enjoy the view from the top deck as a passenger in our Double Decker Tour Bus as they travel through the San Diego stops… The tour is revving up to be a fun and unforgettable ride!
7:30 am – 3:30 pm | $195 per car (Includes driver and 1 passenger) | $125 per person for Double Decker Bus Ticket
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Aston Martin San Diego Exclusive Saturday Evening VIP Reception
Exclusive reception for automobile registrants, sponsors, judges and the public to indulge in culinary delights from local restaurants and world-class chefs, fabulous entertainment and a spectacular evening of wines and cocktails along the Pacific Ocean. Here is a chance to mingle with car enthusiasts and enjoy a relaxed evening prior to the Sunday Concours.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Ellen Browning Scripps Park (La Jolla Cove) | $150 per person
Sunday, April 12, 2015
La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours
View 300+ spectacular, exemplary vehicles situated along the Pacific Ocean, peruse the offerings of the fabulous vendors, and check out the exciting offers from top-notch sponsors. General admission tickets include two tastings from our wine and craft beer garden and a commemorative program. Children under 14 years of age are free.
VIP tickets include the above general admission benefits plus complimentary lunch from incredible restaurants as well as Hosted Wines, Craft Beers, and Cocktails from 11 AM to 2 PM, and a signed poster from the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance official artist Scott Jacobs.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Ellen Browning Scripps Park (La Jolla Cove) | $40 general admission in advance | $50 general admission day of event | VIP Tickets $125
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