NER Concours d’Elegance

What is a Concours d'Elegance?

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). (source: Wikipedia)

What is the NER Concours like?

Our region of the Porsche Club hosts an annual concours event, usually in the fall and often in Newport, RI. It's basically a big car show but with an extra emphasis on cleanliness and with judging and trophies. 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.

2022 Concours

The 2022 event will be held on October 1 at The Elms estate in Newport, RI during the Audrain Motor Week and Concours weekend.  Concours entrants will have a choice between objective points-based fully judged classes and Werks Reunion classes where the history and stories behind cars are weighed by judges in a mostly subjective manner.

Rare and interesting cars will be spotlighted. All Porsches and spectators are welcome. Cayennes, Macans and Panameras are especially invited - with few entrants; there is a good chance to win a trophy!  Special glass trophies will awarded to class winners and runner-ups.

This year’s Concours will feature the following ten judged classes:

  • 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/Taycan
  • Prior-Year-Winners (Full only)

The Full and Werks judged categories continue as last year, with the addition of a winner's class to the Full category. The purpose of the winner’s class is to encourage greater participation in all classes.  The winner’s class will be composed of all first-place finishers in 2021, irrespective of Porsche vintage or model. First place finishers in 2021 Full classes, if entered in 2022, will be required to compete in a winner’s class. This will be a one-year requirement and 2021 class winners will be eligible to compete in their normal class in 2023. 

Additional special awards will be given by Concours sponsors.

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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