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Arizona Concours d’Elegance Returns

January 9, 2023

Arizona Concours d’Elegance Returns

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance returns in January 2023, presenting the acclaimed show and competition of rare and special automobiles at a new Scottsdale venue, and once again serving as the highlight of Arizona Car Week.

Previously held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, the Arizona Concours will take place on Sunday, January 22 at the newly renovated Scottsdale Civic Center, with about 100 vehicles presented on the grass between and adjacent to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

The theme of the 2023 Arizona Concours is The Art of Aerodynamics, with cars ranging from the early beginnings of streamlined vehicles, including classic race cars, up to the most exotic supercars of today.

The automobiles that appear in such high-end concours events are often referred to as “rolling artworks,” and fittingly, the Arizona Concours has forged a partnership with Scottsdale Arts, which is helping to organize and promote the Concours.

“We are excited about the idea of cars as works of art, and the automobiles on display at this event most certainly are!” said Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts, the organization responsible for multi-disciplinary artistic services in the city. “We will turn Civic Center into an outdoor museum for the day, so everyone can share in the magic, beauty and nostalgia these classic cars from bygone eras elicit.”

Concours co-director Ed Winkler, a classic car enthusiast with his own diverse collection, noted that the connection with Scottsdale Arts seems like a natural fit.

“By partnering with Scottsdale Arts, which is well-known for delivering artistic programs to the community, the Concours will develop into an automotive lifestyle event supported by the organization’s professional staff,” Winkler said. 

The Concours will be one of the key events in 2023 that launch the revamped Scottsdale Civic Center, which is currently under construction.  The new location for the Concours will provide additional space for showing the vehicles as well as for sponsor displays and other features, Winkler added.

“The expanded format will allow a greater exposure to the public and collector car owners, as well as sponsors,” he said.

The 2023 Concours is being organized by a committee of about 20 local volunteers, most of whom were involved with the original event held from 2014 through 2017 at the Arizona Biltmore.  The team is being led by co-directors Winkler, Chuck Stanford Jr. and Steve Evans.

The entries will be organized into about 15 classes (the selection team is still working on the final count), most of which will compete for class and special awards, as well as the coveted Best of Show.  The juried Concours will bring 50 professional automotive judges from the United States, Canada and Europe to examine and rate the entries.

The Arizona Concours connection with Scottsdale Arts extends to its charitable efforts as a non-profit organization:  Proceeds from the event will benefit local artists and the arts community. 

“Our focus as an arts organization is to reimagine our services and reinvent ourselves from time to time,” Wuestemann said. “In a city like ours, which has perhaps one of the most passionate car scenes in the world, what could be a better fit than to include this rolling artwork into our offerings?”

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