“The Concours has evolved into a weekend celebration of the automotive culture,” said Jeff Spellens, president of the Dana Point Concours. “For our 30th anniversary, we developed new attractions to further enrich the experience. It will be an amazing weekend for anyone who loves great cars and motorcycles.”
Kicking-off the weekend, the Concours will host a Beach Cruisers Show at the Sea Terrace Park, adjacent to the St. Regis from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. Celebrating the California beach and surf culture, this inaugural event will highlight the best "beach cruisers" of Southern California. The show is free to the public with more than 200 VW's, Woodies and assorted Hot Rods to be displayed. Live reggae music will also be a part of the attraction, including performances by Smoothie Jones and the Red X’s and Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band.
That evening, the Concours will host a reception at 7 p.m. Normally hosted for those exhibiting vehicles in the Concours, the reception will be open to the public for the first time. Attendees will soak in the breathtaking Pacific Ocean coastline as they sip cocktails and dine on hors d’oeuvres next to a sprinkling of rare automobiles and vintage motorbikes.
During the reception, a memorabilia auction will offer autographed posters and other collectibles to the highest bidder. Automotive aficionado Bruce Meyer will be honored with the 30th Annual Dana Point Concours d’Elegance Automotive Icon Award during the festivities.
Sunday’s Concours will start with an exciting flyover of approximately seven vintage airplanes organized by Capt. Jason Dwinger. A special group of Marines Corps Color Guards from Camp Pendleton will also present the flag during the National Anthem to honor Americans in uniform.
The event will also capture enthusiasts’
“This weekend is more than just a group of car guys getting together; it’s a celebration of a lifestyle that dates back a hundred years,” added Spellens. “From our Beach Cruisers Show on Saturday to the Concours itself on Sunday, this will be our best event yet.”
Guests interested in attending the Concours Reception can purchase tickets online or at the gate. Enthusiasts who want to enter a vehicle should download and complete an exhibitor registration form and send to the appropriate chairman as noted on the form. Deadline to register is May 18, 2012, for inclusion in the program book. For more information, please log on to www.danapointconcours.org.
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About Dana Point Concours d’Elegance
The Dana Point Concours d'Elegance® is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, with excess proceeds supporting local Southern California charities. The event is presented primarily with Full Classic® Cars from the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA), and other non-classic classes. The Dana Point Concours® organizing committee aspires to create a premier automotive event that showcases the rich Southern California automotive heritage. For more information, please visit www.DanaPointConcours.org.