Update July 15, 2020:
Due to the challenges of COVID-19, this year’s concours d’elegance is cancelled. It is with a heavy heart that we announce this. We do not see a viable way to operate this event in an effective way while maintaining the full safety of our volunteers, judges, entrants, and spectators. We appreciate the support and look forward to the 2021 NER Concours d’Elegance. We hope to see you there!
The 2020 NER Concours d’Elegance is being held at one of the great mansions in Newport during a very exciting time for the motoring community in New England. The NER Concours will be held on October 3, 2020 on the lawn of the Elms Mansion on beautiful Bellevue Avenue. Our lead sponsor for 2020 is Porsche Warwick, following their tremendous support in 2019. Other sponsors include South Shore Autoworks and many other friends of our region. This year’s event will again be held in conjunction with the activities of Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week. Additional information on all the week’s activities can be obtained at audrainconcours.com.
Our Concours format will follow the same as last year. There will be three categories of judging: Werks-style Judging, Full Concours, and Top Only. The Full category will use traditional judging sheets, examining Porsche exteriors, interiors, storage compartments, engine compartments (where viewable), and wheels/wheel wells. The Top Only category will utilize informal judging by Top Only participants.
After a successful launch last year, “Werks-style Judging” will be continued this year. PCA has been organizing Werks Reunion events at the Monterey and Amelia Island car weeks for several years now. Participants in Werks Reunion events still prepare their cars for the concours, but unlike traditional Full Concours or Parade style judging, Werks considers not only the appearance but also the history of the car, its usage by the owners, and overall aesthetic appeal. By combining both subjective and objective elements, Werks style judging creates a somewhat more relaxed environment and encourages participation by a wide variety of interesting Porsches. At Werks Reunions in Monterey and Amelia Island, you’ll find everything from highly authentic restored cars, Le Mans winning race cars, outlaw & hot rod style Porsche builds, and unique original cars.
When participating in a concours event, it can be a bit of an adjustment to get used to having judges checking over your car in detail. But be assured that this event is a learning process for everyone. The in-depth judging is as much to admire the details of each model in a way that rarely gets done as it is to be critical. At the core, it is a great car show where people are encouraged to spend a little extra time giving their cars the loving care we all want to spend on them.
As a layer of enjoyment that very exciting for New England, we are holding our event right in the middle of a major world-class car event held right in Newport. Have you ever wanted to attend the Pebble Beach Concours in Monterey and attend their Motor Week? Well, now we have that same type of event right here in Newport! There will be four days of amazing car activities of all kinds.
There will be a non-stop four days of car-themed entertainment and education. The whole weekend culminates with the main Audrain Concours event on Sunday, held at the Breakers, where some of the world’s most valuable cars will compete. Hopefully, this gives you a small taste of the level of automotive events that will be taking place in Newport during that week. And we’ll be right in the middle of it!
Advanced registration for both Judged and Spectator Porsches is highly recommended. We anticipate many more participants this year, given the success of the Werks judging class in addition to our usual Full Concours and Top Only classes as well as the fact that our NER Concours will coincide with the Newport Car Week. Also given the location at the Elms in the heart of the Motor Week activities, with limited parking nearby, we will have only so much space for participant and Porsche Park spectator cars. Only 200 Porsches can be accepted in either the Judged or Spectator areas, for a total of 400 Porsches. Day of the event fees, if space remains available, will be $60 for Judged and $30 for Spectator Porsches. Registration for Concours entrants and spectator parking will be available on porschenet.com May 1, 2020.
We hope you will add the Concours event to your busy schedule and come enjoy the day (or the full extended weekend) in Newport for what will be an amazing experience.
The Concours classes for the three categories (Full, Top-only, “Werks-style Judging”) are as follows: (adjusted as necessary based on entrants)
Classes (in each of the three categories – Fully Judged, Top-only or Display, “Werks-style Judging”)