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Arizona Concours’ Saturday seminars talk car design, judging

January 26, 2024

Arizona Concours’ Saturday seminars talk car design, judging

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Two panels of industry experts will impart wisdom about successful vehicles and winning awards

While the Arizona Concours d’Elegance brings superb collector cars to The Scottsdale Civic Center on January 21, there is also an opportunity to learn how their designs are created and how they are judged for Concours awards.

Two seminars led by expert panelists will be offered on Saturday, January 20, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts at the Civic Center. Admission to the seminars is exclusively for Concours Plus ticket holders, credentialed media, Concours judges, entrants and sponsors.

The first seminar, held from noon to 2 pm, focuses on the theme of the 2024 Arizona Concours: TheArt of Automotive Design. Three veteran auto-industry insiders will share their experiences of concepting, designing and engineering today’s halo cars. The seminar is entitled “The Art and Process of Automotive Design.”

Collector car expert, author, host and co-MC of the Concours, Donald Osborne, will serve as moderator. The panelists are:

Ralph Gilles – Appointed chief design officer for Stellantis (formerly Fiat-Chrysler) in January 2021, Gilles is a member of the automaker’s top executive team. He is responsible for sharing and directing design across the brand’s portfolio. He is an avid car enthusiast and has frequently served as a judge at various concours d’ elegance events across the country, including Pebble Beach and Amelia Island.

Ken Kelzer – Kelzer recently retired from General Motors as global vice president of engineering, responsible for the engineering design and release of all General Motors vehicle components worldwide. His 37-year career at GM included development of the new Corvette Z06.

Jiyan Cadiz – Cadiz has extensive experience in the automotive industry with a focus on marketing strategy, communications and public relations. For more than 15 years, he has served in marketing roles with Fordand the former Fiat Chrysler, and is currently head of the Cadiz Group, LLC,providing focus in building brand and product advocacy through strategic publicrelations and partnerships.

The second seminar, held from 2 to 4 pm, deals directly with Concours judging, entitled “How to better your Concours score: The judging process.” Moderated by Arizona Concours co-chairman Chuck Stanford Jr., the panelists are:

Gerry Greenfield – The chief honorary judge at the Arizona Concours and a life member and master judge with the Classic Car Club of America. Greenfield participates in numerous concours both as a judge and as an entrant, showing his broad array of collector cars. He also serves on the board of directors for The Lemay – America’s Car Museum

Kim Pierce – Having judged 10 concours d’elegance events acrossAmerica and Canada, Pierce is a certified master judge for CCCA Grand Classicsalong with numerous marque specific and club events. His background alsoincludes 40 years as a business owner in the auto-body and restoration field.

Lilly Pray – A concours judge for more than 20 years, she found her passion for cars at an early age from her father, a noted collector from Greenwich, Connecticut. She has been a judge at concours all over the US, including Boca Raton, Greenwich, Keels & Wheels, the Elegance at Hershey, Radnor Hunt, Carmel on the Avenue, Las Vegas, Atlanta and the Arizona Concours.

The Arizona Concours, partnering with Scottsdale Arts, will feature about 100 rare, historic and rarely seen dream cars, dating back to the dawn of motoring, through the Art Deco era, and up to the coveted super sports cars of the 21st Century. They will be displayed and judged for awards, including Best of Show, on the grass at the newly renovated Scottsdale Civic Center.  The concours was formerly held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix.

The Arizona Concours is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) benefitting Scottsdale Arts programs and Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions. 

Tickets for the Arizona Concours are available online at ArizonaConcours.org and ScottsdaleArts.org, and at the box office in the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.  

General Admission tickets for the Arizona Concours are $100 each, and Concours Plus tickets with additional features are priced at $125. Concours Plus allows admission to the Saturday seminars and early “DawnPatrol” to the Concours starting at 7 am.

The Arizona Concours is still seeking volunteers, particularly in areas involved with the show cars such as the garage, dawn patrol, traffic coordinators and trailer unloading.  A major advantage of volunteering is free admission to the Concours.  

If interested, visit this link to view volunteer openings and to sign up for Friday, Saturday or Sunday positions: Volunteer Signup.  Or sign on to ArizonaConcours.org.

For more information about the Arizona Concours d’Elegance, visit ArizonaConcours.org.

Media contact: Bob Golfen, [email protected].


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