RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif.--()--The 21st Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance at the Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes on September 15 will celebrate the “Age of Elegance” by showcasing some of the world’s most luxurious classic automobiles, according to Chairman Peter Kunoth.
“When Charles Rolls and Henry Royce partnered in 1904 they set the standard for luxury cars”
The featured classes include Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg and the coachwork of Raymond Dietrich. The Concours will also recognize the centennial of Aston Martin, the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, and the 50th anniversary of the Loewy Avanti. Other classes will showcase post-war luxury cars, and a full range of sports cars. Preservation cars - automobiles that are in original and well maintained condition - will be displayed alongside the restored cars.
With its iconic “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament, Rolls-Royce has long been recognized as one of the world’s most elegant automobiles, according to Exhibit Chairman Ray Johnson. “When Charles Rolls and Henry Royce partnered in 1904 they set the standard for luxury cars,” Johnson said.
Owned by Rolls-Royce for most of the 20th Century, Bentleys have enjoyed a reputation for elegance and quality equal to Rolls-Royce. Initially, Bentleys had a reputation for speed and durability that culminated in consecutive triumphs at the Le Mans 24-hour race from 1927 to 1930. After being acquired by Rolls during the Depression, the Bentley evolved into a refined car with agility and power.
There will be a Duesenberg class for one of the most elegant American cars ever made. Brothers Frederick and August founded Duesenberg Automobile in 1913, focusing on building performance cars. They won the Indianapolis 500 in 1924, 1925 and 1927. The direction changed when E.L. Cord bought the company in 1926. The brothers stayed with the company and, as Frederick was still in charge of engineering, Cord challenged him to design the highest quality, fastest, and most expensive automobiles in America. Throughout the world, Duesenbergs were enjoyed by royalty and millionaires.
During Ray Dietrich’s career, from early years at Brewster & Co., to co-founding LeBaron Coachworks, and his design contributions at Chrysler he provided graceful coachwork for many Classics. Packard, Lincoln, Pierce-Arrow, Cadillac, Rolls-Royce, and Isotta-Fraschini all benefitted from his distinctive work.
The PV Concours will be preceded by a Road Rallye on Saturday, September 14, where drivers and passengers can take in the beauty of the Palos Verdes Peninsula while competing for prizes.
The PV Concours is a 501(c) (3) charity event with proceeds benefitting the Palos Verdes Art Center's educational and community outreach programs and Palos Verdes Rotary Foundation charities, including Harbor Area Boys & Girls Clubs.