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NER Concours d’Elegance

Registration is now open for the 2019 NER Concours. Register now ->

What is a Concours d'Elegance?

Per Wikipedia: "Concours d'Elegance (French: concours d'élégance) is a term of French origin that means a "competition of elegance" and refers to an event where prestigious vehicles are displayed and judged. It dates back to 17th-century France, where aristocrats paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during summer weekends and holidays. Over time, carriages became horseless and the gatherings became a competition among vehicle owners to be judged on the appearance of their vehicles. These events are often held at automobile shows, after racing competitions or, especially in the United States, as a fundraising event for charities.

"The oldest still-extant Concours, the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, is held annually at Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, on Lake Como in Italy. The first of these was held in September 1929. The first Concours in North America was held in 1950 at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California, in conjunction with the first Pebble Beach Road Race.[5] The longest continually-running event is the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in California, which has been held every year since 1956 (both Villa d'Este and Pebble Beach have skipped years since 1956)."

What is the NER Concours like?

The biggest thing to keep in mind is that this is a fun event! Our concours focuses on cleanliness of a vehicle (as opposed to cleanliness _and_ originality, as it would at Pebble) and presentation. Some participants still spend around forty hours cleaning and prepping their cars...but some of us dust it off and roll on up as well. It's up to you to decide how far you want to take it. For spectators and visitors, it is an amazing display of beautiful cars.

Concours Judging Guidelines

Please consult our Concours Judging Guidelines and Auto Preparation Manual to better understand how to prepare your car for judging and what will be judged.

Upcoming Concours

The 2019 event is in the planning stages and will be held on October 5, 2019 in Newport RI during the Newport Motor Week and Audrain Concours weekend in Newport. We will have normal fully-judged classes, People's Choice voting, and a new-to-us "Werks Reunion" style class where the history and stories behind your cars are weighed by the judges. Rare and interesting cars will be spotlighted. All cars and spectators are welcome. Even Cayenne's and Macan are very invited - with few entrants, you have a great chance to win! More details will follow soon.

The 2018 Concours event was at Prowse Farms in Canton MA on August 26, 2018

2018's event had nine judged classes with awards going to the top three (3) scored cars in each class.  The classes included:

  • a 356 Class
  • a Boxster/Cayman Class
  • a 991, 996 & 997 Class
  • a Panamera/ Cayenne/ Macan Class
  • a 924, 928, 944 & 968 Class
  • a 914 Class
  • a 911 & 912 Class (1965-1973)
  • a 911 & 912 Class (1974-1989)
  • a 964 & 993 Class

There were awards also for the non-judged classes with an award given in the new Race Car Display Class, the judge’s choice Porsche Display Only Class and the Display Only 356 Replica Class.  

A portion of the event proceeds went go to support the Club’s charity, Homes for Our Troops.

View the sample registration form (actual registration will be online this year).

View the sample scoring sheet package for full judging including engine. Here is the score sheet for non-engine-judged cars (Boxster, Cayman, 996, 997, 991).