“From the stunning setting to the fantastic cars and motorcycles, everyone enjoyed the California car culture this weekend,” said Jeff Spellens, Dana Point Concours d’Elegance president. “We were the epicenter of the collector car and motorcycle cultures with thousands of visitors viewing rare examples of the world’s finest marques. And our ‘Legends of Le Mans’ exhibit was simply amazing.”
As part of the celebration, the Dana Point Concours also honored 50 years of Shelby American. Notable Southern California Collector Bruce Meyer was recognized for his 1962 Shelby Cobra, which was the first production Cobra ever built; it placed first in the Shelby Cars class. Meyer was also honored during the weekend with the 2012 Dana Point Concours d’Elegance Automotive Icon Award for his tireless work in the automotive industry and passion for growing the hobby.
“I’m honored to receive the first Automotive Icon award from the Dana Point Concours,” said Meyer. “This event has a reputation as being a Concours for people who are as passionate about automobiles as I am. The wonderful people in this organization have made the Dana Point Concours one of the best automotive experiences in the United States. It was a pleasure to be part of the festivities for their 30th celebration this year and I look forward to attending again in 2013.”
The Best of Show award in the motorcycle class was bestowed upon a 1926 Brough Superior, while the 1934 Voisin C-25 Aerodyne from the notable collection of Peter and Merle Mullin was crowned the automotive Best of Show for its exceptional lines and remarkable details. Originally an airplane manufacturer, Frenchman Gabriel Voisin turned his attention to building expensive, luxury automobiles in the early 20th century that were known throughout the world for their innovation.
This year’s Featured Marque Award was presented to a 1956 Jaguar D-Type from the Legends of Le Mans Racecars class. Owned by Greg and Debbie Johnson of Irvine, Calif., the Jaguar captured the trophy because the English sports car best embodied the spirit of the Le Mans racers.
“Our 30th anniversary event was simply magical,” added Spellens. “The Dana Point Concours d’Elegance has become one of the best events on the West Coast, attracting people from around the world. We look forward to returning next year to the St. Regis Monarch Beach to celebrate Southern California’s exciting automotive culture with fellow enthusiasts.”
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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.