Arizona Concours d’Elegance: Celebrating Automotive Engineering & Design


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Photos: Arizona Concours d’Elegance / Michael Tobian

The third annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance will lead the nation’s celebration of the Indianapolis 500 in 2016 with a showing of significant Indy race-cars from the past, a display of historic artifacts and a very special public event, all of which preview the 100th running of America’s greatest motorsports spectacle.

The Arizona Concours, which takes place Sunday, January 24, at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix as the start up for Arizona Classic Car Week, will feature a number of historic race cars from the Hall of Fame Museum at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as the actual Borg-Warner Trophy with the portraits of revered Indy winners sculpted on its surface.

But the Indy 500 tribute will come alive on Saturday, January 23, when a panel of winning drivers will lead a discussion about racing at Indy and their own victories in the annual 500-mile competition. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to meet the drivers, and an autograph session is planned following the seminar.

The Indy drivers’ event will be held at the Arizona Biltmore from 12-1:30pm, along with two other informative discussions:

  • The Phoenix Automotive Press Association auction-week preview, 10-11:30am, featuring representatives from the major collector car auctions that take place during Arizona Classic Car Week, January 28-29 (www.rmsothebys.com/az16/arizona).
  • A seminar on automotive design, 2-3:30pm, featuring two of the world’s leading designers: Andrea Zagato, the third generation of his family to lead Carrozzeria Zagato of Italy, and J Mays, the former head of global design for Ford Motor Company.

The Indy 500 tribute also has special significance for Arizona since the Verizon IndyCar Series organizers announced in October that IndyCar racing would return to Phoenix International Raceway in 2016, with the inaugural Phoenix Grand Prix scheduled for April 2.

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance benefits Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions – raising more than $70,000 during 2015 to fund future wishes.

Visit www.arizonaconcours.com for additional information or to purchase tickets.

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