Canada to get its own Concours

First ever Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance set for September 14, 2013

Published: March 17, 2013, 5:00 PM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 4:00 PM

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Ontario's Georgian Bay is about to join such venerated locales as Pebble Beach on California's Monterey Peninsula and Lake Como in Italy as the backdrop for a world-class Concours d’Elegance, showcasing some of history's most storied, most significant and most valuable vehicles.

Monterey plays host to the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, widely regarded as North America's premier event of its kind, and Lake Como does the same for the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, one of Europe's finest.

Georgian Bay will join that elite group late this summer as the inaugural Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance takes place on its shores.

The new Cobble Beach Golf Links Resort Community, where the Concours will be held, is said to offer a stunning coastline on par with the tradition of excellence established by those benchmark locales.

It is located at Kemble on Ontario's Bruce Peninsula, about 18 km north of Owen Sound.

"If ever there was a Pebble Beach of the north, this is it," says Steve Plunkett, organizer of Canada’s largest car show (London's Fleetwood Country Cruize-In) and special advisor to the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The Concours d’Elegance will feature more than 100 years of automotive beauty and innovation, organized into categoroes that include:

• Horseless Carriage (Brass Era) Pre 1916 (under 30/over 30 HP)

• Vintage (Nickel Era) 1916 to 1927

• American Classics Open 1925 to 1948

• American Classics Closed 1925 to 1948

• European Classics 1925 to 1948

• Sports Cars – European to 1973

• Sports Cars – American to 1973

• Preservation Class – pre 1960 cars (largely untouched, unrestored, running, original paint)

• Post War Thoroughbred - limited production prestige to 1973

• American Muscle Car 1960 to 1973

• Supercars

• Race Cars - track only – pre 1980

• Special Interest

• Production Modern 1949 to 1973

• Street Rods and Hot Rods to 1956

There will also be a special Made-in-Canada class and one for pre-War Canadian-engineered and built automobiles

Already-confirmed entries include the 1978 Ferrari 312T3 F1 with which Gilles Villeneuve won his first Formula One race, a spectacular 1956 Maserati 200SI, a 1930 V-16 Cadillac Series 452 Model 4302 Rumble-Seat Roadster and a rare 1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe.

Edward Lucas, Past Director and Chief Judge in the Classic Car Club of America, who has more than 20 years of experience as announcer at such events, will act as Master of Ceremonies.

Judging of entries will consider correct preservation or restoration, as well as standards of presentation. Cars will be judged based on quality workmanship and functionality, originality and authenticity, as well as elegance in styling and design.

John Carlson, National President, CEO, and Chief Judge of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada, a permanent Chief Class Judge of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and an inductee into three Motorsport Hall of Fames in Canada, will be the Chief Judge.

"The setting alone is sure to entice some of the most significant collector cars in North America," says Carlson. "It will be a fantastic show to judge…(and) to watch."

Proceeds raised by the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will go to the Sunnybrook Foundation to help fund a state-of-the-art helipad on the rooftop of the Toronto hospital.

The price for general admission tickets range from $25 per person to $75 for a family including 2 adults and up to 4 children under 16.

VIP admission ($250) includes gourmet breakfast, lunch, VIP parking, and access to the VIP Clubhouse with wine-bar available throughout the day.

An $1100 VIP Ticket + Flight includes VIP admission plus a round-trip via Porter airlines from Toronto Island Airport and shuttles to Cobble Beach, as well as a $300 charitable donation receipt from the Sunnybrook Foundation.

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