The Concours

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A Concours d’Elegance—which is “competition of elegance” in the original French—is a lavish event where those in the know gather to feast their eyes on and applaud the some of the world’s most excellent and remarkable automobiles assembled in one place. Collectors travel from all over the globe to display and have their treasures judged, and enthusiasts relish the opportunity to see rare, classic, and contemporary cars on display. They enjoy seeing the results of the judged competition, culminating with the coveted Best of Show award. From Lake Como’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este to California’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and Oxfordshire’s exclusive Salon Privé, the appreciation of fine automobiles is a passion that knows no borders. Over time, these events have become definitive automotive lifestyle destinations and cultural melting pots of shared collecting knowledge.

In this comprehensive volume, The Concours will explore the origins and histories that have made these events the benchmark stage for display and discussion of automotive treasures, the fashions that have accompanied them, and the cultural impact these festivals have had on society at large. Award-winning automotive writer Ken Gross investigates the Concours d’Elegance from its beginnings to the present, with The Concours Club, a unique, first of its kind event opening in Miami that will provide attendees with a truly transformative Concours experience.

  • The Concours

    • 221 pages
    • over 100 illustrations
    • English language
    • Released in May 2019
    • Hardcover in a luxury slipcase
    • Former Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, and a Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance judge for twenty-eight years, Ken Gross is a critically acclaimed guest curator for automobile exhibitions in fine art museums across the United States. Recipient of the Automotive Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Citation, the Ken Purdy Award, The Dean Bachelor Award and the Lee Iacocca Award, Gross lives in Virginia with his wife Trish Serratore. He has written twenty-two books on automobiles, including Vintage Cars and Ferrari 275GTB #08011, published by Assouline.