World’s Oldest Sports Car Race Honored at the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance

Twenty-four hours of lightning fast speed, gut-wrenching turns and edge-of-your-seat excitement describes the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race that draws top automotive marques from around the world each year.

An item on every race car drivers’ bucket list, the 24 Hours of Le Mans brings out the very best in not only a car that can be pushed to the limit for a full 1,440 minutes, but a driver that must go for two hour stints at neck-breaking speeds.

To celebrate the world’s oldest and most notable sports car race, the 2012 Dana Point Concours d’Elegance will revive the “golden age” of Le Mans with the Legends of Le Mans Race Car class and the Shelby Cars class.

Visitors of the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance will feast their eyes on three beautiful, vintage race cars that each have a story to tell of Le Mans.

First on the list to check out while you’re on the golf links is a 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB. No stranger to the Circuit de la Sarthe, this Ferrari brought glory to its namesake and won its class at Le Mans in 1961. Placing third over-all, the 250 SWB won the Manufacturer’s Championship for Ferrari.

The first Corvette to ever compete in the 24 hour endurance race will also sit pristinely on the green. Owned and sponsored by Briggs Cunningham in 1960, the team finished eighth over-all and First in Class. An underdog of the group, this 1960 Corvette was a fierce competitor.

A group of Le Mans racers wouldn’t be complete without a Shelby Cobra. Hot rodder and famous automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby introduced the Cobra to Le Mans in the 1960s, which heated up the legendary competition between Ferrari and Shelby for years to come.

The Dana Point Concours will feature a breath-taking 1962 Shelby Cobra. Although this Cobra was sent to compete in the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans, it never made it to the starting line. The very first production Cobra ever built, this classic was updated by Ford Racing of Europe to FIA specifications and raced successfully in Europe from 1964 -1966.

Whether you love American classics, or European exotics is your ride of choice, the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance will feature vehicles from marques around the world. Exhibitors can compete in more than 35 classes. Interested in entering your beauty into the competition? Log on to

See you June 23-24, at the luxurious St. Regis Monarch Beach resort!


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