History

Since the founding of the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, in 1991, the Concours' mission has been to create a world-class show of classic, vintage historical, and special-interest automobiles, to provide funds for charitable and community purposes and to promote the beauty and opportunities of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

The past years have seen the Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance grow in stature among both the collectors and classic car aficionados. The first Palos Verdes Concours held on the Ladera Linda soccer fields was followed by six years on the football field of Peninsula High School. This was followed by four years at the former Ocean Trails Golf Club and three years at Rolling Hills Country Club before coming back to what became Trump National Golf Club on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Unique to the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance is the selection each year of a Grand Marshal chosen for their influence in art or the automotive world.

Past Grand Marshals include:

2004 – Bobbie'dine Rodda

2003 – Leon Kaplan

1992 & 2002 – Parnelli Jones

2001 – Barry Meguiar

2000 – Bruce Meyer

1999 – Otis Chandler

1998 – Gen. William Lyon

1997 – Vic Edelbrock

1996 – Bob Estes

1995 – Peyton Cramer

2014 – Don Panoz

2013 – Peter Brock

2012 – Peter and Merle Mullin

2011 – Guy Buffet

2010 – Andy Granatelli

2009 – Bob Bondurant

2008 – Dave Kuntz

2007 – Carroll Shelby and Bill Krause

2006 – Helen and Jack Nethercutt

2005 – Paul Moyer