FAQS

Q: What is the date and what are the hours of the event?
A: The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 30, 2018.

Q: What is the history of the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance? 
A: For more than two decades, the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance has been a world-class show of classic, vintage historical, and special-interest automobiles, providing funds for charitable and community purposes. The show has promoted the beauty and opportunities of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the South Bay of Southern California.

From the first show held on the Ladera Linda playing fields, the annual event has been staged in distinctly different locations on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. We recently broke new ground by pairing first-class, concours-level automobiles with vintage aircraft at the historic Zamperini Field in Torrance, California. 

The all-volunteer Palos Verdes Concours organization is known for its warm hospitality and professionalism, and is considered by many as one of the premiere Concours events on the West Coast, attracting top exhibitors in each class from throughout Southern California and the Western United States. The Classic Car Club of America has included the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance on the short list of National Concours events. We are a 501(c)3 charity event with proceeds benefiting local not-for-profits and we are proud to have donated more than $700,000 to our charities to date.

Q: How much does it cost to attend? 
A:    General Admission  

  • On-Line through Sept. 29, 2018 .............................................................$35 to $45 each (depending on when you buy; earlier the better.)

  • Day of show admission at the gate ..........................................................$50 each

  • Children 13 and younger ...........................................................................Free

  • VIP Package

    • Includes Parking, Elegant Tent Seating with
      Mediterranean Style Luncheon, Premium Wine and
      Craft Beer, Located adjacent to the Awards Ceremony ..........$150

  • General Parking ................................................................................................FREE. Sponsored by Tayco Engineering.

  • Bulk Ticket Sales

Q: Do I need to purchase tickets for my children?
A: General admission tickets do not need to be purchased for children ages 13 and younger. Children 14 years old and older will need to purchase a General Admission Ticket to get into the event. 

Q: Can tickets be refunded?
A: No, due to the fact that this is a charity event, regulations prevent us from issuing a refund. The benefactors thank you for your donation.

Q: Can my ticket be transferred to another?
A: Yes, you may transfer your ticket to another individual; however they must bring the ticket with them to the event.

Q: Where is the parking lot for the public attending the Concours d’Elegance? 
A: There is ample parking in the lot next to the main entrance gate.  From Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), turn onto Robinson Way to 2901 Airport Drive.  Volunteers will direct you to the appropriate lot.  View driving directions here.

Q: How much is parking?
A: It is FREE thanks to the generosity of Tayco Engineering.

Q: Is parking available for people who are physically challenged?
A: ADA parking is available in the General Admission parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q: Should I take a taxi or Uber/Lyft to the Concours?
A: There is ample close parking.  If you prefer a taxi or Uber/Lyft, the destination address is 2901 Airport Drive, Torrance, CA 90505.  Follow the signs to the special drop-off, pick-up zone near the gate.  Be sure to enter form PCH onto Robinson Way.

Q:  If I’m showing an automobile, what time can I enter the show?
A: If you have a car in the show, check-in time will be between 6:30 and 8 a.m. Enter on Zamperini Way. Additional information will be included in each car registrant’s packet, which will be mailed to the exhibitors three weeks ahead of the show.

Q: Who will be the Masters of Ceremonies?
A: Ed Justice, Jr.  and Dave Kunz. Read about them here»

Q: What awards will be given? 
A:  The following awards will be given at the 2018 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance:

  • Best in Show

  • 1st Place in Class

  • 2nd Place in Class — Ribbon

  • 3rd Place in Class — Ribbon

  • Specialty Awards:

    • Chairman’s Award

    • Eric P. Allan, Founder's Award for Elegance

    • Automotive Excellence - The Howard “Dutch” Darrin Award, sponsored by ADM — Ribbon

    • Best Preservation – Pre-War

    • Best Preservation – Post-War

    • Detailing Excellence - Meguiar’s Award

    • Best Performance – Vic Edelbrock, Jr. Memorial Award

  • Best In Class of Awards (21)

  • See "Judging" in main navigation at top of page for Previous Years' Awards

Q: How many classes will be showcased at the event? 
A: There will be 21 different classes of automobiles and 15 vintage aircraft on display. View automobile classes here.  

Q: Which organizations will benefit from the Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance?
A: This year, there will be two organizations benefiting from the show. One is the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor, which has been a benefactor of this show for many years. A new organization that will benefit from this event is the Western Museum of Flight, located near the site of the show here at the historic Louis Zamperini field in Torrance. 

Q: Who are the sponsors of the Palos Verdes Concours? 
A:  For the full list see Sponsor Page.

Q: Are direct donations to the Beneficiaries accepted?  
A: Yes, you may directly make a donation to either the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor or the Western Museum of Flight.

Q: Will food be available for purchase?
A: Yes.

  • Food for purchase will be available from a variety of the finest gourmet food trucks in the South Bay.

  • Craft beer and fine wine will be available for purchase in the PV Concours adult refreshment tents

Q: Will there be other food options available?
A: Yes, the VIP Package includes Parking, Elegant Tent Seating, Catered Luncheon that includes Premium Wine and Craft Beer located adjacent to the Awards Ceremony.

Q: May outside food and beverages allowed to be brought into the event?
A: No outside food or beverages are allowed into the event.

Q: What vendors will participate in the show?
A: We have a variety of automotive and aircraft-related vendors participating in this year’s show. 

Q: Is there seating available on the show field?
A: Seating throughout the exhibit areas will be limited. There will be grand stand seating in front of the awards area. We do offer special seating in the VIP Package area and wine/beer garden.

Q: Will the Western Museum of Flight be open the day of the Concours?
A: Yes! The Western Museum has graciously offered to waive the entrance fee for attendees of the Concours.

Q: Are strollers allowed on the show field?
A: Yes, but if you have small children, please remember it is difficult to maneuver large strollers through the field.

Q: Will pets be allowed into the show?
A: Only those that are leashed, registered service dogs will be allowed to enter the gates. The event is held at an operating airport so No unleashed pets will be allowed. 

Q: Is my donation tax deductible? 
A: The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation Tax ID 59-3806869, and some expense may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor regarding your deductibility.  

Q: Is there some other way I can contribute to this fun and worthwhile event?
A: Absolutely. There are many ways to support our show and the two very deserving organizations benefiting from this spectacular show, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harbor City and the Western Museum of Flight.

As a business you should definitely be a Sponsor. We have a variety of packages to take advantage of. 
We also have low cost banner advertising that is displayed on location at the show. Learn more here.

As an individual, join us as a Friend of the Concours” Your $1000 contribution supports the event and its beneficiaries, and entitles you to receive the following:

  • Two VIP Package Tickets that includes Parking, Elegant Tent Seating, Catered Luncheon that includes Premium Wine and Craft Beer located adjacent to the Awards Ceremony.

  • A business card-sized ad in our program.