So you didn't make it to Monterey for the mother of all concours weeks? Not to worry, friend. The 20th annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, on Sunday, September 16, will more than make up for what you missed. This year the show will highlight classic "French Curves," representing probably the most beautiful and flamboyant automobiles ever created.
The Grand Marshals will be collectors Peter and Merle Mullin, owners of the magnificent Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, CA and best of show winners at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The Mullins are enthusiastic collectors of a period when French automobile designers like Figoni et Falaschi, Pourtot, Saoutchik, Chapron and others were creating what could be called the "romantic period" of automobile styling.
The Mullin Automotive Museum’s 1939 Delahaye 165 Figoni et Falaschi will highlight the Palos Verdes event, but the concours will also feature Bugatti and other examples of fine French design. In addition to viewing more than 200 exhibited cars, visitors can see craftsmen at work in Restoration Alley, shop for gifts, dine in the elegant Club House, and examine show cars in the display areas. The Concours will be preceded by a "Road Rallye" on Saturday, September 15.
California coastline and French coachwork? What more could you want? Perhaps a chance to help others: The Palos Verdes Concours is a charity event with proceeds benefitting the Palos Verdes Art Center’s educational and community outreach programs and Palos Verdes Rotary Foundation Charities, including Harbor Area Boys & Girls Clubs.
[Photos: Michael Furman, courtesy Palo Verdes Concours]