The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance: A World-Class Car Show at the Cove


Beauty, elegance, and vintage cars intersect for the annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, which happens each spring at La Jolla Cove. This spectacular show features one-of-a-kind automobile gems from all over the world, and every year avid car enthusiasts head to the coast for a display of classic, unique, and timeless automobiles – a showcase that’s been going strong for over a decade.

This year, three main events will be held April 6-8 at Ellen Browning Scripps Park and The LOT La Jolla: the Rolls-Royce “Dapper and Delight” Soiree on Friday; the VIP Evening Reception on Saturday; and the main car show from 9am-4pm on Sunday. From specialty craft cocktails (Hendricks, anyone?) to the more than 150 specialty restored automobiles, we can’t think of any reason not to attend this fantastic car show.

A little history of the event

With origins in the late 17th century, the early Concours was a leisurely social affair where lighthearted competitions were rewarded with rosettes, wine, and champagne. As coaches and carriages segued into automobiles in the late 19th century, the competitions became more defined. By the mid 1920s, no society season on the French Riviera was complete without a variety of organized Concours events.

After World War II, a trio of visionaries – Jules Huemann, Reverend Paul Woudenberg and Loren Tryon – created what was to become the grandfather of all post-war Concours — Pebble Beach. What was a European staple for centuries has now become a true international tradition that pays homage to its French roots, and is a world-class event that La Jolla is proud to host each year.

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

Bring the entire family

General tickets for Concours d’Elegance are normally $70, but children under 10 are free – which makes it a great opportunity to bring your children and create some great family memories. With more than 150 classic cars ranging from vintage Rolls Royces to modern sports cars, it’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Kids will also get a kick out of this year’s vintage aviation show, happening for the first time ever this year. The spectacle will feature some of the finest restored aircrafts dating back to more than fifty years ago, making the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance the perfect combination of land, ocean, and air entertainment. The main car show event will take place from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 8th.

Enjoy craft cocktails & delicious hors d’oeuvres

This year’s Sunday car show will feature complimentary craft cocktails with champagne and Hendrick’s Gin for those 21+; complimentary  samplings of honey flights (what other event can honestly boast honey flights?!), and one-of-a-kind cheeses from Venissimo Cheese; and live 30s-era swing music from award-winning Dave Patrone.

For a VIP experience, you can spend a little extra and enjoy fabulous bites from 15 of San Diego’s finest restaurants, a complimentary glass of champagne and honey tastings, a hosted bar in the VIP Sponsor Lounge, and a signed poster from the renowned La Jolla Concours Artist, Scott Jacobs.

La Jolla Concours d'Elegance

View vintage and classic automobiles

Have you ever seen a 1937 Puegot Cabriolet by Poutrout? It’s okay if you haven’t seen or heard of it, because most people haven’t — but this burgundy and silver car was the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Best Show Winner in 2015. It’s a rare gem that has withstood the test of time, and remains a testimony to the caliber of cars that the Concours showcases.

The oldest car at the 2016 show was the 1934 Bugatti T-57 Four Door Pillarless which typically retails for about $130,000 and comes standard with an eight cylinder engine. Bugatti is known for creating some of the fastest cars in the world, and it’s no surprise that the 1934 model remains a classic gem. The cars for 2018 have not yet been announced, but they’re guaranteed to be more incredible classics!

Bonus: Rolls Royce is hosting an epic cocktail party

If you really want to celebrate the weekend in style, this is the place to do it! On Friday, April 6th, enjoy vintage champagne displays and a live band with a canary singer at Covo Restaurant in La Jolla. There will be a hosted bar by William Grant Portfolio, including wines, champagne, and incredible small bites and appetizers from Covo Restaurant of La Jolla.

Tickets are $100 each and available online before the event.

All proceeds this year will benefit the La Jolla Historical Society, which has been a champion for the preservation of La Jolla’s heritage since 1964 through discovery and tireless documentation. More than 100 historical monuments, annual art exhibits, and community events and tours are just a few of the ways the Society continues to promote awareness of our seaside town’s incredibly rich background.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, visit their website.



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