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Dana Point Concours d’Elegance Goes Crazy for Barry Meguiar

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Car Crazy TV host and Meguiar’s president Barry Meguiar will be the ambassador of the collector car hobby in So Cal this summer when he accepts the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® Automotive Icon Award during the big event on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Celebrating the hobby with thousands of fellow automotive enthusiasts, Barry and the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® team will review more than 200 of the best classic cars and vintage motorcycles So Cal has to offer. One vehicle will be given the Meguiar’s “Finish Fantastique” Award chosen by Barry, and one honorary judge, who will pick the vehicle with the highest quality paint finish.

A true enthusiast, Barry has been passionately involved with cars since he was a child. Working summers at the family business, Barry would cover for production assembly employees when they went on vacation. After climbing the ranks, working in all aspects of the business from accounting to client relations and even advertising, Barry took the reins of the company in 1973. Today, Meguiar’s is the worldwide leading producer of cleaners, polishes, waxes, conditioners and protectants for every type of vehicle on the road and in the water.

His love for the automotive industry is apparent in everything he does. In 1973, after four years of market research, business planning, new product formulating and package design, Barry launched Meguiar’s into the consumer market with their now famous Cleaner Wax. He was actually responding to the pent-up demand for Meguiar’s products among car guys since the car hobby began.

Not resting on his laurels, Barry introduced Car Crazy TV and Radio programs to reinvigorate a declining hobby. With his help, the gap between the older and younger generations has grown smaller and smaller. Today, after being the longest running show on SPEED Channel, Car Crazy is now aired on Discovery’s Velocity Channel.

Barry is also recognized around the world as a prominent role model in the collector car hobby. He’s donated time, funds and expertise to the community, including a recent donation to help build a ramp and stage for the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® award ceremony in 2012. He attends automotive events worldwide as both an exhibitor and a judge, including the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

He received the inaugural Petersen Automotive Museum’s Automotive Icon Award, is a Route 66 Hall of Fame recipient, and was the Copper State 1000 Grand Marshal, the Coronado Speed Fest Man of the Year, Cranbrook Concours d’Elegance Person of the Year and Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance Grand Marshal.

The Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® is proud to have Barry as its friend, colleague and fellow gearhead. That is why the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® is crazy for Car Crazy’s Barry Meguiar.


Orange County Collector Car & Motorcycle Weekend Kicks-off Fourth of July Festivities by Honoring the U.S. Military

Image provided by Cpl. Christopher Duncan

Image provided by Cpl. Christopher Duncan

The Orange County Collector Car & Motorcycle WeekendTM and the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® are scheduled to host thousands of collector car and vintage motorcycle enthusiasts from across Southern California two weeks before Fourth of July festivities get underway.

To kick-off the patriotic celebration that will sweep through Orange County, the Dana Point Concours team will honor U.S. military men and women at home and overseas through its 2013 theme: “Salute to Military: Past & Present War Vehicles,” from Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23.

Besides offering active duty military and DOD personnel free admission (and a $15 discounted ticket for a friend or family member) to Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance on the Monarch Beach Golf Links at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort, the Concours team will also display some of the most impressive and rare military vehicles ever used in combat.

And that’s just part of the amazing surprise! The Orange County Collector Car & Motorcycle WeekendTM and U.S. Marine Corps Installations – West / Marine Corps Base have teamed up to host a never-before-offered, guided tour of the West Coast’s largest U.S. military base on June 21. Only a select group (200 to be exact) of vehicles who sign up for the Rallye Basilone Historic Tour will have the opportunity to cruise down the famous Basilone Road, which was named after the only Marine to be awarded both the Navy Cross and the Medal of Honor during WWII – U.S. Marine Gunnery Sergeant  John Basilone.

Jumping out of your seat yet!? We are! We hope you will join us for the inaugural Orange County Collector Car & Motorcycle WeekendTM!

As a reminder, the Rallye Basilone Historic Tour is set up on a first come, first serve basis until all seats are filled!

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For years, the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® has been the epicenter of the collector car celebration in Southern California. Now, for its 31st year, the team has expanded the Concours d’Elegance into a three-day event – The Orange County Collector Car & Motorcycle WeekendTM.

As part of the celebration, the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® will honor the 100th anniversary of the Duesenberg as the featured automobile marque during Sunday’s event, while the Harley-Davidson will be honored for its 110th anniversary as the featured motorcycle marque. Other special car classes include:

  • 100th Anniversary of Aston Martin
  • 50th Anniversary of Porsche 911
  • 25th Anniversary of the BMW M3 in the U.S.
  • Factory Concept Show Cars

We’re also proud to announce some returning activities which have been a huge hit, including the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance® Art Exhibit and Saturday evening’s Concours Reception. But, we’re even more excited to tell you that new, family-friendly activities are in the works for the festival, including a never-before-seen guided tour of one of the West Coast’s most revered U.S. military bases.

Stay tuned as we send out announcements and updates via our blog and social media accounts in the next couple of weeks!

We hope you can join us for another fabulous year of cool classic rides, vintage two-wheelers and camaraderie among fellow gear heads.

Happy Holidays from your friends at the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance

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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!

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!


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