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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. 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).
Numerous local organizations sponsor Concours events. Traditionally, vehicle judging at a Concours is more demanding than that of a neighborhood or general automobile show. Trained judges examine the vehicle thoroughly. They rate each and every component. Only those vehicles that are judged perfect (or very nearly so) in every way are considered eligible for trophy class. Each entry is rated for authenticity, function, history, style and quality of restoration by a team of judges that includes specialists for each car type. A perfect score is 100, but any imperfection, no matter how slight, requires a fractional point deduction. Classes are arranged by type, marque, coachbuilder, country of origin, or time period.
Often, the competitiveness of a Concours d'Elegance forces restoration of a vehicle to surpass "mint" condition. Mint condition would be the state of the vehicle when it originally left the factory. Concours-quality cars are often given upholstery, paint, plating, and mechanical restoration to a standard far exceeding that of the car when it was new.
Concours d'Elegance competitions also are run for classic cars. Here, the emphasis is as much on originality as the condition, although this also is very important. The general aim is to present a vehicle that is in the same, or better, condition than it was in when it left the production line. Unless original, modifications are not allowed, and components must be suitable for the year and model of the automobile. Even components or features fitted to automobiles of the same type, but in a different production year or trim level, are not allowed. Original-equipment accessories from the manufacturers' own range are allowed and some competitions allow after-market equipment and accessories, provided they are of the correct period. The automobiles must be presented in flawless visual condition, as with other Concours-grade cars.
Often, Concours d'Elegance quality automobiles are not driven, except for short distances from their trailers to the show fields. They are not intended to be used as daily drivers and often are not seen outside of museums or private collections. Even after driving only the short distance to the show field, the car is 'staged'—errant bits of dirt or pebbles removed from the tire treads, and bits of grass or mud wiped from the under-carriage. The vehicle is maintained constantly and dusted frequently to keep a flawless appearance while on display.
Brando Pistorius has collected and restored award winning classic cars for over 40 years.
Brando moved to Tampa Florida from Pretoria South Africa in 1998, and has been a US Citizen since 2003. Brando and wife Joanne have worked together as a team in their restoration business, Pistorius Collectible Autos. They turned Brando’s hobby into a full time business 6 years ago, just after the real estate market crashed, and they closed their real estate business.
Brando has been restoring classic cars all of his adult life. His first restoration was in his home town of Pretoria South Africa with a 1960 Austin Healy 3000, back in 1978. Brando was the Founder and Club President of the Lowveld Old Wheels Club in Nelspruit South Africa. In Pretoria, Brando was the chairman of the largest car show in South Africa known as “Cars in the Park” presented by the Pretoria Old Motor Car Club, with over a thousand vehicles in attendance. Now Brando is president of the Hillsborough Region AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America).
Brando and Joanne received quite a bit of publicity for the Pistorius’ 2,000 mile drive from Tampa to Montreal and back with their 1930 Packard. as well as their rare collection and restoration of 7 Peerless cars. They have had many of their restorations shown in Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and the Lake Mirror Classic Concours d'Elegance.
Retired businessman Howie Mednick, and wife Barbara, have been collecting exquisite automobiles for decades. Originally from Chicago, then creating successful businesses in San Francisco, Hawaii, and St. Petersburg, Howie has graciousley taken on the position of Sponsorship Chair with the Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance.
What is a "Concours d' Elegance"
The organizers of this event receive NO COMPENSATION and are truly Volunteers! We are a pending 501c3.
The inaugural year's proceeds will be donated to Shriners Hospital for Children, Tampa. We do it for the love of the community, great classic cars, and the charities we support
Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance Directors:
Brando Pistorius, Automotive
Joanne Pistorius, Administrative
Now is the time to get involved! If you are interested in joining the Organizational Committees, becoming a Sponsor or Vendor, want to enter your car for consideration, or want to participate as a Volunteer, please just let us know what your interest is. Car Club participation is welcomed as well!
Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance Inc. a 501c3 pending Non-Profit Florida Corporation
info@GasparillaConcours.com (813) 714-1019
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Hillsborough Region AACA
(Antique Automobile Club of America)