Concours D’ Elegance Utah 2012: Saturday, Day 1

By | October 5, 2012

**This post covers day 1 of the Concours. The Sunday festivities and canyon cruise will be covered shortly.**Thanksgiving Point GardensWe’ve been to a LOT of car shows here at the Daily Derbi. You name it, and we’ve attended it. We’ve never attended a classier car show, though, than the Concours d’Elegance.

The Concours d’Elegance is one of the oldest car shows in history. It started back in the 17th century France with horses and carriages, and evolved until there are concourses all over the world.

Utah is lucky enough to have one, hosted at Thanksgiving Point in late September each year, which spans over a Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, the elegant automobiles are displayed, judged, and awarded prizes. Sunday, the cars go on a cruise up to Sundance. Checking out awesome and rare cars sitting on a lawn is one thing, but hearing them rev up the canyon is quite another.

Now, when I hear ‘car show’, I picture the experience of every car show I’ve ever attended: Lots of beer, swearing, tattoos, and leather. The Concours by that definition simply doesn’t belong.

Hosted in the classy Thanksgiving Point Gardens, the cars were laid out among meticulously kept flowers, an amphitheater with live talent, and slow-paced, but quite knowledgeable, admirers. There were no tricked out Evos or Civics; rather, $1.2M pricetags were not a rarity among these automobiles.

Now, for the reason you’re reading this post… The cars! (Full disclosure, I slant towards modern exotics, but there were plenty of other gorgeous cars.)

1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder No. 2 of 14

1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder No. 2 of 14

Ferrari F40 at the Concours d'Elegance

Ferrari F40

Racing Spec Lotus Evora

Racing Spec Lotus Evora

Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari Testarossa

So yeah, there were also a bunch of old Porsche, Triumph, Shelby, and more. Obviously, the Ferrari section is where I spent my time.

We highly recommend attending the show next year!



Cindy Meitle on October 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm.

Thank you so much for attending the Concours and Motoring Tour. We are very proud of this year’s events and flattered that owners of some of the rarest cars in the world chose to participate including the Hey Little Cobra and Gerber Cobra brought by Miller Motorsports Park in memory of Larry H. Miller who was a huge Carroll Shelby fan and friend, The Ferrari 365 California Spyder and one of one single-door Allard brought by Malcolm Page on behalf of the Mallya Collection. I see you love the supercars and exotics. We were thrilled to have an F40 and 312 Ferrari courtesy of Steve Harris Imports and the incredible Enzo from Richard Losee. There are not many events out there that have one of each on the green at the same time. We will soon have a link on the home page of the website where people can view all the event photos and learn about the class winners. Our 2013 dates are September 20-23. We are working on expanding our events to include a track day on Monday with cars rallying in to Utah from various starting points. We will feature Italian cars and celebrate several anniversaries including the GT40.

Matthew Davis on October 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm.

I should have made an effort to make it to the Concours in Kirkland. It’s in my backyard. I was out of town unfortunately. :(

AJ on October 7, 2012 at 8:57 am.

Thanks Cindy! That’s exciting to hear about how the festivities are evolving for next year. We’re excited especially for the rally and track day.

Matthew, this was my first concours. I’d be interested to see how other concourses compare. This one was sure a success.

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