Our website will be completely updated very soon to reflect all the fantastic accomplishments of the Inaugural Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance, and to announce the plans for the 2020 Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance. Same great location, same great atmosphere, keeping all the things you loved the most about it, and improving on those first year tweeks. We look forward to seeing you April 17-19, 2020.
Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance Inc. a 501c3 Non-Profit Florida Corporation
info@GasparillaConcours.com (813) 714-1019
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The organizers of this event receive NO COMPENSATION and are truly Volunteers! We are a 501c3 IRS recognized charitable organization.
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 !
The Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance
is an official club event of the
Hillsborough Region AACA
(Antique Automobile Club of America)
Pistorius Collectible Autos
Sales & Restoration Services
We love a good car show! We have attended hundreds and even produced many ourselves. But a Concours d’Elegance is something very different. It is an invitation only event, where the owners of the vehicles must apply to be included in the event. A selection committee evaluates the applications, and chooses the vehicles that best exemplify the criteria. The criteria include an emphasis on originality, the quality of any restorations done, it’s unique and rare qualities, historical importance, and of course the “wow” factor. Concours’ are philanthropic, usually include a 501c3 foundation, and the proceeds benefit charitable organizations. Organizers and Volunteers are not in it to make a profit.
Car shows generally allow anyone willing to pay the registration fee to join in, and that would include hot rods, modified cars, exotic and modern cars, none of which you would see in a Concours. It is simply a different business model. There are instances where a car show promoter will affix a Concours name to their car show to elevate the perception of the event, but without adhering to the standards of a Concours, it is simply misleading to the public.
What you can expect from a proper Concours d'Elegance are the vehicles you would not normally see, and even some cars who have never been shown in public. The goal is to share with the public the timepieces of history that made our country and our culture through the progression of the automotive industry.
We include our fabulous, valuable and interesting hot rods, resto mods, exotics and other great additions to the automotive story by inviting them to participate in the Friday Night "Cars in the Park" Cocktail Party and Charity Auction. This is where you will find a completely different automotive experience, with cars just as rare and unique and wonderful to behold.
Please join us on Friday or Saturday for an exciting weekend of automotive excellence.