Don Panoz named Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance Grand Marshal

Written by Carrie Skoll.

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Don Panoz named Grand Marshall of the 22nd Annual Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance. The 2014 theme is automotive innovation with the featured marques of 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.

“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.”

Panoz 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.

In 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.”

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.

Dream Cars - Innovative Design Exhibit

Written by Carrie Skoll.

The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia is unveiling an exhibit entitled "Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas".  The exhibit will run from May 21, 2014 - September 7, 2014.   The exhibit is an exploration of concept or dream cars and their impact on the innovation of automobile design.

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1935 Bugatti Type 57S Competition Coupe Aerolithe (2007 recreation) 

(photo from the High Museum webpage)

Read more about the exhibit and learn more about the cars on display along at the High Museum of Art webpage.

 

2014 Concours d’Elegance

Written by News Publisher.

Automotive Innovation Featuring the Marques of Tucker and Cord

Bentley at PV Concours D'Elegance - Trump National Golf CourseRancho Palos Verdes, CA  - The 22nd Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance at the Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes on September 14 will celebrate "Automotive Innovation” by showcasing the convergence of engineering, ingenuity, art and craftsmanship,  according to Chairman Peter Kunoth.

The featured classes include Cord, and Tucker, and additonal classes include Duesenberg, Microcars, Morgans and Volkswagons.

The Concours will also recognize the 50th Anniversay of both the Porsche 911 and Ford Mustang. Other classes will showcase post-war American and European cars, and a full range of sports cars and motorcycles. 

Can't Miss '33 "20 Grand" Duesenberg to Be Featured

Written by Greg Sparkman.

Nethercutt 1933 "20 Grand" DuesenbergThe “Featured Car” at the 2013 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance on September 15 will be this 1933 Duesenberg SJ Torpedo Sedan which wears a California license plate reading “20 Grand”, since that was the original sales price of the car. Part of the Nethercutt Collection, it was restored in 1979 and took top honors at Pebble Beach in 1980. It was originally built for display at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair Century of Progress Exhibition.

The 21st Palos Verdes Concours at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, will celebrate the “Age of Elegance” by showcasing some of the world’s most luxurious classic automobiles, according to Chairman Peter Kunoth.

 

The featured classes include Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg and the coachwork of Raymond Dietrich. The Concours will also recognize the centennial of Aston Martin, the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, and the 50th anniversary of the Loewy Avanti. Other classes will showcase post-war luxury cars, and a full range of sports cars. Preservation cars - automobiles that are in original and well maintained condition - will be displayed alongside the restored cars.

2013 Concours d’Elegance

Written by News Publisher.

The Age of Elegance: Rolls Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg and coachwork of Ray Dietrich to be featured

Bentley at PV Concours D'Elegance - Trump National Golf CourseRancho Palos Verdes, CA  - The 21st Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance at the Trump National Golf
Club, Rancho Palos Verdes on September 15 will celebrate "The Age of Elegance” by showcasing some of the world’s most luxurious Classic automobiles, according to Chairman Peter Kunoth.

The featured classes include Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg and the coachwork of Raymond Dietrich.

The Concours will also recognize the centennial of Aston Martin, the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, and the 50th birthday of the Loewy Avanti. Other classes will showcase post-war luxury cars, and a full range of sports cars. Preservation cars - automobiles that are in original and well maintained condition - will be displayed alongside the restored cars.

2012 Event To Feature Classic French Curves

Written by Greg Sparkman.

2012 Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance

The 20th annual Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance, to be held at Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes, California on Sunday, September 16, will highlight classic French curves, according to Chairman Peter Kunoth.

"Our featured marque will be Delahaye, which made some of the most luxurious and elegant classic French cars," said Exhibit Chairman Ray Johnson. "We will feature the cars of coachbuilders or carrossiers, famous for their graceful and sometimes flamboyant designs, such as Bugatti, Chapron, Pourtout, Figoni et Falaschi, Franay, Letourneur et Marchand, Delages, Hispano-Suiza, Talbot-Lagos and Voisin," he stated.

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.

The Palos Verdes 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.

2012 Exhibitor Classes Announced

Written by Greg Sparkman.

2012 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance Announces 21 classes – from French Curves to American Muscles The Mullin Automotive Museum’s 1939 Delahaye 165 Figoni et Falaschi which will participate in the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance on September 16, 2012. 

 

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