• Jun 28, 2010
2010 Dana Point Concours d'Elegance – Click above for high-res image gallery

It seems a bit odd calling this the 28th Annual Dana Point Concours d'Elegance when it's only been in this city for three years and has only had that name officially for one, but after spending a good portion of Sunday at the St. Regis and its Monarch Bay golf course, it really felt like this is where this show was always meant to be. With dramatic views of the ocean, the rolling greenery of the links and the surrounding mansions, the venue feels like it was built solely to play host to Southern California's premiere concours.

Second only to Pebble Beach in prominence among the California concours, Dana Point has really come of its own. With nearly 200 judged entries and perhaps an equal number of display vehicles, it's a big show that still manages to feel manageable, and the field of entrants was once again amazing. This year's show honored 100 years of Alfa Romeo, 80 years of Pininfarina and 20 years of the Ferrari F40, as well as drag racing legend Don "The Snake" Prudhomme. Classes included American Pony & Muscle Cars, Corvettes to 1967, Kustoms & Hot Rods, and the second annual exhibit of Supercars, as well as a new category for vintage motorcycles.

With proceeds going to support the Ocean Institute, the Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center at Hoag Hospital and other Southern California youth charities, the Dana Point Concours is run as a Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Concours, but with some of those additional classes thrown in to showcase particularly interesting and relevant automobiles. Just take a look at the photo above and you'll see the wide variety of outstanding vehicles that this show attracts. Click through the rest of the gallery and you'll see everything from a Bugatti 57SC to the nicest Oldsmobile Starfire you're ever likely to encounter.

Some favorites this year included just about everything in the gallery, but especially the low mileage original '57 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, '32 Ford Phaeton Hot Rod, '58 Ferrari 250 Tour de France, '59 Ferrari 250 GT Series I Pinin Farina Cab, 1980 Kawasaki K2, "Animal House" Death Mobile, that crazy cute 1957 Fiat "Eden Rock" Yacht Tender, and the fantastic '52 Muntz Jet Convertible. The Muntz, however, wasn't our top pick. That honor had to go to the Bugatti among the classics, Don Prudhomme's funny car collection among the American cars and the Alfa Romeo TZ2 GT Coupe as the car we'd most like to drive. Click below to check out the massive gallery and pick out your favorites.



Photos by Frank Filipponio/ Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      And the Starfire is where? Did I miss it?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was in the Pininfarina section, next to a Rolls Camargue and several Fiat Spiders. 10 points for anyone that can name the connection. On a side note, it was totally bizarre to see one in showroom fresh condition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No wonder I missed it. I was looking for an early 60's Starfire.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was there as well. Max and I took tons of shots. I ended up looking like a lobster after the day was done since I was there from 7:30am until 4pm with only 2.5hrs of sleep in a 48hr period. But it was all well worth it! Three F40's in one place and finally getting to see an M1 as well as a real Auburn Speedster, definitely worth it!

      BTW you can view our pics over at CNCpics.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow - beautiful cars on a golf course.

      All it needs to be perfect is some hot girls in bikinis handing out free beer and bacon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Best use of a golf course I've ever seen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Amazing. And one of the few blogs to have every image in HQ - good for wallpaper!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Alfa Romeo was the featured marque since it's celebrating its 100th anniversary and yet you don't show ONE Alfa? But you do show 'garden variety' modern Astons and Ferraris which can be seen parked in front of any high priced restaurant in So Cal...There was a 2600SZ Zagato, a Junior 1300 Zagato, a Villa D'Este coupe and you neglected to show any of them in the gallery. Lame...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Shiftright, it was a huge show and trying to get every car was difficult at best. But if you're looking for the Alfa Romeos that Frank didn't post I hope that you will take a look at my two albums from the show at http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/1832 and http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/1834. I'm with you, we see enough late model exotics here in SoCal; they increasingly dominate Cars + Coffee each Saturday morning.

        This was a spectacular show from the race cars on the adjacent field to the truly wonderful cars like nautically-inspired Fiat Eden Roc mini car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks for the links. I was there, so I saw it all, just annoyed no Alfas were shown on Autoblog. The Fiat Eden Rock was my vote for People's Choice. Super cool!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aww, I was hoping they would post pictures of the Starfire and all the beautiful Alfas. My camera died before I could take my own pictures of them...

      But his was a great show, I think I'm actually in the background of some of these pictures. I took so many pictures until my camera died.


        • 4 Years Ago
        As the official photographer for the Dana Point Concours d'Elegance , I second everything that Frank mentioned. I had the opportunity to shoot almost every car, 138 in all, as they came on to the main show field on the golf course. I invite you to look over the photos I've uploaded thus far at http://automotivetraveler.com/jump/1832. While not currently tagged, they will be before the week is out. In addition I will be adding my show field photos as well as photos off all the the trophy winners as each was given their awards.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That Scarab was amazing for being built in 1690. It took the rest of the world 270 years to catch up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We had a 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ2 on the 2010 Northwest Passage Rally last week. The event started in Couer d'Alene Idaho, and took a clockwise trip through the northwest with stops in Castlegar, BC, Kelowna BC, Glacier Peak BC, Banff, AB, Fort MacLeod, AB, Whitefish, MT, and Hope, ID.

      Great event, with awesome cars in their natural habitat, where they should be seen: On The Road!


      • 4 Years Ago
      Longtime promoter of the Santa Barbara Concours d' Elegance (October 30,31, 2010) Stratus Media Group (SMDI.ob) is worth an investment. Their business model includes expanding Concours d'Elegance to Napa, Vegas, Beverly Hills, Miami, Chicago, Dallas and Phoenix-Scottsdale to start. They also acquired the U.S. rights to the Mille Miglia Brand and will stage a 1000 mile race along the California coast in the Italian Tradition which began in 1927. Consider driving in the first ever Mille Miglia on U.S. soil.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great show pictures, Dig the Animal house car.
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