A celebration of automotive heritage
The first Concours, originally called the Newport Beach Concours d'Elegance, was started by a group of volunteers as a charitable automotive event to celebrate some of the most sought after automobiles in Southern California. In 2010, the Concours organizing committee officially changed the name of the event to the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance to properly reflect its home. And keeping with the tradition, the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance continues to showcase the best of pre-war, classic and foreign automobiles during its weekend festivity.
Thousands of collectors, car owners and enthusiasts flock to the event each year to see more than 200 Concours-ready vehicles displayed proudly on the lawn. Located on the Monarch Beach Golf Links at the St. Regis Resort in Dana Point, Calif., the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance is operated primarily as a Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Concours with additional classes showcasing interesting and relevant automobiles. The exhibitors compete for 30 different classes, including Antique and Vintage, Porsche, Sports Cars, Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Jaguar, Corvette, traditional Hot Rods, Shelbys and Cars of Significance or Interest.
Awards are judged by a group of experts and bestowed on the day of the Concours. The most coveted award is Best of Show, which is chosen among First in Class winners through a tally of ballots selected by the Chairman, the Chief Judge, the Chief Honorary Judge, the Chief Class Judges, the Honorary Judges and select Class Judges. Other prestigious awards include the Featured Marque Award, Briggs Cunningham Award and Catherine Thyen Award to name a few.