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History Buffs and High Performance Junkies Descend on Southern California

There aren’t very many places where you’ll find a combination of high performance and history in the same place. But rest assured speed junkies and history buffs because the Dana Point Concours is lining up hundreds of Southern California’s finest classics, exotics, sports cars, hot rods, muscle cars and motorcycles at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort June 23-24, for its 30th  annual Dana Point Concours d’Elegance®.

History buffs and automotive enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see this year’s theme, “Legends of Le Mans: Racing in the ‘60s,” symbolized through a 1964 Sunbeam Lister Tiger that will arrive at the Concours on Sunday morning. This Tiger is one of two race cars commissioned by Rootes Group, and built by Brian Lister of Cambridge to compete in the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans. The original race engines were built by automotive icon Carroll Shelby. Today, the Tiger is fitted with a SBF, 289 cid motor equipped with four Weber carburetors.  Who doesn’t love a good tale of competition and thrill?

Also to be among the favorites is a 1933 Marmon Model 144 two-door convertible, which is a beautiful example of an American pre-war classic. It bears historical significance because it was the last unit ever sold by the company. The Model 144 was traded to William Ansted, owner of Metal Auto Products, for the forgiveness of a $70,000 accounts receivable from the near bankrupt Marmon Motor Co.

The Dana Point Concours d’Elegance is not just a car show. It’s a group of people from around the world who share the same passions – history, automobiles and racing. And they know there is only one place during the summer where they can find it all – the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance.

Mark your calendars. We’re only eight days away from launching one of the best car events in Southern California. Let the countdown begin!


1966 Ducati 250 Monza

Motorcycle enthusiasts are a unique breed. They revel in the little things, like the adrenaline rush of taking a sharp turn, the wind sweeping through their hair and the feel of wrapping their fingers around the handle bars grips. Those are the sensations that motorcycle enthusiasts live for when they get on a Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Ariel, Honda or any two-wheeler machine. It’s a freedom that no convertible or V8 muscle car can provide. It’s the pure enjoyment of letting the little rebellious voice inside lead you down the highway or the road less traveled.

To celebrate this motorcycle culture, the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance have added several new motorcycle classes for the 2012 event, scheduled June 23-24, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach golf links. More than 50 vintage motorcycles from the early 1900s to the late ‘70s will adorn the golf links, each competing for top awards in 20 different motorcycle classes.

To add to the excitement of the weekend, the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance will also honor 86 years of Ducati high performance, one of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers. Ducati will be the featured motorcycle marque of the weekend, and there will be no shortage of ultra-cool vintage Ducati bikes on the green.

1965 Ducati 250 Mach I

A few of the most interesting include:

  • A 1955 Ducati 125 Bialbero Gran Prix sporting a 125 cc Twin Cam engine; it is one of the original group of motorcycles equipped with the first Twin Cam motor designed by Chief Engineer at Ducati Fabio Taglione
  • A 1966 Ducati Monza 250 manufactured for the American market; this Monza 250 was a barn find in Indiana before the current owner purchased and restored it
  • A 350 cc single cylinder 1970 350 Desmo;  a trademark of the Ducati brand, the Desmodromic valve system was introduced in 1970 with a head that operates the valves without valve springs
  • A 1965 Ducati 250 Mach I Desmo that was restored to excellent condition

Interested in seeing even more motorcycle marques at our event? Don’t let this event speed by your to-do list. Purchase your ticket today! The price for a general admission ticket is just $30 online and $35 at the gate.

See you this summer!

The Motorcar Society Captures Interview with 2011 Best of Show Winner

Yesterday we shared with you the three new vehicles that Jack and Helen Nethercutt will display during the 2012 Dana Point Concours d’Elegance.

Thanks to our good friends at The Motorcar Society, we received this video of the outlet’s interview with Jack Nethercutt from last year’s Dana Point Concours d’Elegance regarding his 1931 Bugatti Type 51 that took home the coveted Best of Show award. Enjoy!

A Compendium for the Ages: the Nethercutt Collection

Over the past 30 years since the first Dana Point Concours d’Elegance, the definition of collectible for cars has changed almost as much as the automobile.  While once premier shows only included pristine pre-war classics, today the Concours typically features classes of historic hot rods alongside European exotics and vintage V12 Cadillacs.  This diversity has helped raise the appreciation for the automobile as more people are attracted to car events.

Two people who have become intricately linked to car culture are also an important part of the Dana Point Concours. Over the years, Helen and Jack Nethercutt have become forever connected to fine motorcars in the minds of those who attend the Concours.

Born into a family with a passion for beautiful vehicles, Jack has grown the Nethercutt Collection, initially founded by his parents, into one of the world’s leading private automobile museums. With nearly 250 American and European automobiles dating from 1898 to 1997 in the couple’s collection, the duo has a reputation for displaying some of the best examples of automotive marques at the finest events across the country.

The couple has been part of the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance for many years.  They even earned the coveted Best of Show award last year with a 1931 Bugatti Type 51.

This year, the Nethercutts will return with three vintage rides, including a 1930 Ruxton, 1932 Ford 18 hot rod and a 1932 Ford Atterbury roadster.  With these fine examples, the couple will once again compete for top awards in each of the respective categories.

Jack and Helen plan to arrive at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort on Sunday morning, June 24, with a front-wheel drive 1930 Ruxton.  One of less than 500 built, the Ruxton features unusual horizontal bands of color to emphasize the long-low silhouette of the body. Known as body number 23, this Ruxton generates 100 horsepower, which was a stunning achievement at the time.

Another vehicle from the Nethercutt collection is a 1932 Ford 18 hot rod originally built by legendary hot rod builder Tom “Itchy” Otis. It sports genuine 1932 Ford components on the chassis and body with a 327 c.i.d. Corvette engine with four-speed transmission.

The Nethercutt’s will share their ‘32 Ford Atterbury roadster hot rod at the shop.  Built by Dick “Magoo” Megugorac, it will also be displayed on the green. George & Darcy Atterbury originally commissioned this award-winning ‘32 “Deuce” roadster, which is powered by a supercharged 350 c.i.d. Chevy V8.

To see these three unique classics and more on the golf links of the St. Regis, you can purchase a ticket today at Don’t miss your chance to see the best automobiles the West Coast has to offer!

We hope to see you at Southern California’s premiere celebration of automotive elegance!

Honoring a Legend & Celebrating a Golden Birthday


Founded on passion and a competitive spirit, Shelby American Inc. was established by legendary automotive designer and racer Carroll Shelby. Accomplishing what many gear heads dream of doing, Shelby was the only man to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a driver, team owner and manufacturer.

Shelby’s impressive career included winning Le Mans in ‘59, behind the wheel of an Aston Martin, as well as competing and claiming victory in ‘64 and ‘66 as a Shelby American team owner and a manufacturer with the Cobra Daytona Coupe and Ford GT40.

On Thursday, May 10, however, the automotive world lost an icon, teacher, competitor, enthusiast and brother. Carroll Hall Shelby, considered one of the last of the great independent car builders / drivers passed away at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, in his home state of Texas.

So it only seemed fitting that for this year’s Dana Point Concours d’Elegance, scheduled June 23-24, we recognize this American icon and his accomplishments in conjunction with our theme “Legends of Le Mans: Racing in the ‘60s.” Shelby American built its legend, as well as some great cars during the 1960s.

To honor 50 years of Shelby American and the man who started it all, the Concours will highlight vehicles from the manufacturer, including a Nightmist Blue on black 1967 Shelby GT500. Restored to factory-specifications, this GT500 is fully documented by Shelby American Automobile Club and is one of only four delivered to Spain for the festival of Seville in 1967.  The Shelby was then used as a display car at the Festival of Barcelona that year along with Cobras, GT350s and more.

Also on display from an exhibitor will be a 1964 Shelby Cobra equipped with a Ford V8 289 c.i.d. engine with Downdraft Webers. Reaching over 300 horsepower, this striking daily driver turns heads everywhere it goes and makes for an amazing drive through the mountains.

This 1967 Shelby GT500 and 1964 Shelby Cobra are just a couple of jewels that will be on display at the Concours. Guests interested in seeing these magnificent beauties can purchase tickets online or at the gate. Come help us celebrate the biggest party of the year and honor Carroll Shelby’s impressive career that has shaped the automotive world today.

Those interested in helping continue Carroll’s legacy, the Carroll Shelby Foundation, can click on the link and donate today in honor of one of the greatest icons the automotive world has known. As one of the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance charities, the Foundation will also be on-site during the Concours on Sunday, June 24.

We hope to see you this summer!

Surf’s Up, Dude!

When people think of Southern California, a few things come to mind: celebrities, beaches, surfing and of course, incredible cars. This year, the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance has teamed up with EventWerks to bring locals a fun day in the sun with its first ever Beach Cruisers Show at the Sea Terrace Park, adjacent to the St. Regis from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

For one magical day, families can kick back and enjoy live music featuring a Tribute to Jimmy Buffet performed by Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band and the reggae sounds of Smoothie Jones and The Red X.  The kiddos can play in the “Kid’s Fun Zone” while the adults relish in the hundreds of Woodies, custom VW’s and assorted Hot Rods on display, overlooking the ocean and Salt Creek Beach.

Don’t worry about leaving with nothing. Beach Cruisers will have numerous vendors selling everything from memorabilia, food, drinks and more, including a variety of delicious items from the Taste of Doheny. Free to the public, this ultimate Southern California beach party will definitely be a day to remember, as it kicks off the 30th annual Dana Point Concours d’Elegance weekend.

Want to be a part of the event? The Beach Cruisers Show is open to all vehicles manufactured prior to 1975 and registration is $20. For more information about the event or to register a vehicle in the Beach Cruisers Show, log on to

Don’t forget your board shorts and sun block. It’s going to be RADICAL!


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