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Held at Trump National Golf Club | Rancho Palos Verdes, California
the weekend of September 13 & 14, 2014 

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We take for granted the typical outfitting of the modern automobile. Lighting, motors, chassis, brakes, safety features... on and on, they just...Are. Yet, for each and every one of these common attributes of the cars we drive today was a FIRST auto that brought them to market. 

So, in 2014 the Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance will exhibit and celebrate automobiles that set the bar for types of cars we drive today. You may be surprised by how early what we think of as "modern technology" appeared. Some the autos exhibited in our 20 Classes were truly ahead of their time. The value of their innovation not recognized for decades, only to reappear on a later auto to finally catch on as a "must-have" feature. 

This year offers a very rare opportunity to view an entire Class of Tucker 48s. Only 50 were made, and to see more than one at a time is special. Class Manager Rayne Sherman is looking to exhibit seven or eight! A once in a lifetime achievement. You won't want to miss these Tuckers, an auto so interesting that the movie "Tucker" was made about the auto named after the man who brought it, at great odds, to the American market following WWII.

Our second special Marque for 2014 is the Cord. Manufactured by the Auburn Automobile Company from 1929 through 1932 and again in 1936 and 1937, the Cord existed to stretch innovation, from streamline body designs to front wheel drive and hidden headlights. Cords are perhaps the most distinguished and recognizable autos of the 1930s. You won't want to miss them.

Eighteen more Classes of superb Concours autos, all displayed on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Trump National Golf Course. Beautiful autos in a beautiful Palos Verdes venue. It's a fascinating and fun day for the entire family. 


2014 Classes

Theme: Automotive Innovation
Featured Marques: Tucker, Cord and Duesenberg 

The Palos Verdes Concourse d’Elegance, coming to the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes on Sunday, September 14, has announced its 22 competitive classes for 2014.

Most of the classes reflect Automotive Innovation, the Concours’ 2014 theme. We also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of both the Porsche 911 and Ford Mustang, and the popular Woodies return this year as well.

Class I Tucker '48
Class II Cord
Class III Duesenberg
Class IV Pre-War Innovation (Steam, Electric, Diesel, Etc.)
Class V-A American Classics Open (1925-1934)
Class V-B American Classics Open (1935-1948)
Class VI American Classics Closed (1925-1948)
Class VII European Classics (1925-1948) (include Rolls & Bentley)
Class VIII Post-War European
Class IX Post-War American (1947-1958)
Class X Post-War American (1959-1966)
Class XI Virgil Exner Chrysler Design
Class XII Woodies (1929-1951)
Class XIII Microcars
Class XIV Volkswagen (1938-1967)
Class XV Porsche 900's (1963-1977) (911 50th)
Class XVI Shelby Design
Class XVII Mustang (50th) (1964-1970)
Class XVIII Ferrari (1950-1972)
Class XIX Morgan (including three wheelers)
Class XX European Sports Under 3 Liters (1946-1969)
Class XXI European Sports Over 3 Liters (1946-1976)
Class XXII Innovative Hot Rods and Customs

Display Vehicles:

Exhibit chairman Ray Johnson said, "the more than 200 outstanding competition and display vehicles will have something for everyone to enjoy."

This event will showcase some of the world’s most innovative classic automobiles, according to Chairman Peter Kunoth. The featured classes include Tucker, Cord and Duesenberg.

A special Class of Innovative Customs will be displayed alongside the restored cars.

The PV Concours is a 501(c)(3) 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.


2014 Grand Marshal

Don Panoz – Grand Marshal of the 22nd Annual
Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance


“Don really is the perfect Grand Marshal,” said Peter Kunoth, Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance chairman. “His automotive and motorsports accomplishments, such as leading the DeltaWing endurance racing team and working to bring its technology to street cars, demonstrate his pioneering spirit and focus on innovation.”

DeltaWing-Coupe-at-Sebring-01Panoz is chairman of DeltaWing Technologies Inc. and is working with international auto manufacturers to bring the groundbreaking DeltaWing® architecture – a highly aerodynamic and lightweight design currently competing in IMSA sports car endurance road races in the form of the DeltaWing race car – to the street. Intended as a solution for manufacturers facing the more stringent CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standard of 54.5 mpg by model year 2025 and tougher emissions standards, the platform offers efficiency benefits whether using small, light and efficient gas or diesel powertrains, alternative fuels like compressed natural gas (CNG), or today’s and tomorrow’s hybrid and all-electric powertrains. The goal is to partner with mass-market auto companies to offer cars with the DeltaWing® architecture to a broad global audience and significantly expand the design’s efficiency and environmental benefits.

panoz-esperanteIn addition to official Concours duties, Panoz will bring a special guest – the 2015 25th Anniversary Edition Panoz Esperante Spyder, a new 430-horsepower, 3,128-lb limited-edition two-seat sports car from Panoz LLC. This new Panoz Esperante sports car is the lightest and most desirable Esperante ever produced and only 25 examples will be made to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary. With a focus on one-to-one customer service including “your dream car” customization, no two Esperante Spyders will be alike. The Esperante Spyder and its more powerful cousin, the Esperante Spyder GT, are available for order. Prices are $179,120 and $204,750, respectively.

Overseeing key Concours d’Elegance events and activities
As Grand Marshal, Panoz will join in many important activities over the busy weekend. This includes the Road Rallye on Saturday Sept. 13 that starts at Rolling Hills Country Club and celebrates historic locations on the picturesque Palos Verdes Peninsula and ends at the Palos Verdes Golf Club where the evening’s Concours Kick Off Celebration will be held. On Sunday he will preside over the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance fulfilling many official duties including the presentation of the coveted Best of Show trophy.

“I’m very honored and humbled to have been named this year’s Grand Marshal,” Panoz said. “As a car lover and someone who’s witnessed a lot of history over the years, I’m really looking forward to this Concours and the many examples of spectacular automotive art and design.” This is the 22nd annual Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance. The 2014 theme is automotive innovation and the featured marques are Tucker and Cord. Past Grand Marshals include Carroll Shelby, Andy Granatelli, Parnelli Jones, Peter and Merle Mullin, Jack and Helen Nethercutt, Bob Bondurant and Peter Brock.

Panoz has a long and storied entrepreneurial history. He founded Panoz Motor Sports Group in 1997 and commissioned the Panoz Esperante GTR-1, the first successful front-engine prototype race car in more than 30 years. He also founded the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) endurance racing championship and the Petit Le Mans endurance sports car race, one of the largest car races on earth. Panoz also is a pioneer in racing technology, debuting the world’s first successful modern hybrid race car that won its class at the 1998 Petit Le Mans race. Panoz race cars have won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the four Indy 500 races. Panoz also founded Élan Technologies, engineering, design and manufacturing company servicing the automotive, motorsports, aviation, aerospace and defense industries.