The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance in San Diego / California is a real insider tipp in the US. Its backdrop is keeping up with the world-famous Concours in Pebble Beach, because the La Jolla Concours D’Elegance takes place right on the cliffs of the deep blue Pacific Ocean and offers a wonderful view. “La Jolla” in Spanish means “The Jewel”, and is also symbolic of the classic gems that were exhibited at the 14th Concours D’Elegance. There was a large selection – from the American heavyweight Lincoln to small cars and Japanese classic cars. Three large car museums, such as The Peterson, the San Diego Automuseum and the Peter Mullin collection brought very special automobile specimens.
The event lasted more than three days and began on Friday evening with a cocktail party in one of the water caves in the cliffs in Style of the 1930s and 40s. Rolls-Royce showed a little foretaste on this evening and exhibited special masterpieces of the brand.
On Saturday, the Porsche San Diego Tour D’Elegance took place, attended by about 200 vehicles which took the chance to explore the beautiful surroundings of San Diego. On the way, the participants stopped at the Chuck held Spielman’s Only Yesterday Museum where they were able to admire some Rolls-Royce and Bently’s in the Calumet Collection.
Sunday was entirely reserved for the Concours D’Elegance. Around 10,000 visitors came to admire the rarities on display, including real beauties such as the 1929 Lincoln Aero Dual Cowl Phaeton, a 1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraight Convertible with Inskip bodywork, the 1930 Duesenberg J Murphy Top Torpedo Convertible Coupe or the 1963 Lola GT MK6 Coupe.
In the grid of Japanese vehicles, by the way, the largest grid so far at a Concours D’Elegance, was won by the 1967 Mazda Cosmo. The jury awarded a special prize to the 1970 Datsun 240Z Sport Coupe.
The desired Best of Show award went to Peter Mullin for his 1939 Bugatti Type 57SC Aravis Cabriolet.
A special feature of the La Jolla Concours D’Elegance was the field of historic aircrafts, which flew over the event area on Sunday. Among them were a B-25 Mitchell bomber, a Douglas C-47 / DC-3 and a B-25D “Grumpy”.
The next La Jolla Concours D’Elegance will take place from 12 to 14 April 2019. Certainly worth a visit.