NER Concours d’Elegance

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.

2021 Concours

The 2021 event is in the planning stages and will be held on October 2, 2021 at The Elms estate in Newport, RI during the Audrain Motor Week and Concours weekend. We will have normal objective fully judged classes, and a "Werks Reunion" style class where the history and stories behind cars are weighed by the judges in a mostly subjective manner. Rare and interesting cars will be spotlighted. All cars and spectators are welcome. Even Cayennes, Macans and Panameras are invited - with few entrants, there is a good chance to win a trophy!

The 2021 event will feature ten judged classes with awards going to the top three (3) scored cars in each class.  The classes included:

  • 356
  • 914
  • 924/928/944/968
  • 911/912 Class (1965-1973)
  • 911/912 Class (1974-1989)
  • 964/993 Class
  • Boxster/Cayman
  • 996/997
  • 991/992
  • Panamera/Cayenne/Macan

Additional sponsor awards will be given, based on their own judgement.

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

View the sample scoring sheet package for full judging.  Here is the score sheet for Werks judging.

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