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Arizona Concours dElegance
January 11, 2015 @ 9:00 am
The second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance has announced four icons of automotive history to appear as featured classes during the January 11, 2015, event at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort.
The Arizona Concours, an exclusive celebration of fine automobiles, will include among its field of 80 select entries:
The classic American luxury brand Pierce-Arrow;
Competition Ferraris (pre- 1965);
The cars of Carrozzeria Ghia, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the renowned Italian design house;
A gathering of cars once owned by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, famed architect and auto enthusiast.
After a successful inaugural event this past January, the Arizona Concours will again serve as the signature event to commence the famed Arizona Collector Car Auction Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. The Concours is held on the landscaped inner lawns of the Arizona Biltmore, providing an intimate setting during the typically warm and sunny winter season.
The selection of a special class for Frank Lloyd Wright cars was inspired by the aura and architecture of the Biltmore hotel, said Ed Winkler, one of the directors of the Arizona Concours.
The luxury hotel, which opened in 1929, was designed in Wright’s landmark style by Albert Chase MacArthur.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has been an enthusiastic supporter of the efforts to bring together the class of FLW cars. The foundation is based at Wright’s famous winter home and architecture school, Taliesin West, which is located in Scottsdale.
“There’s just a mystique that travels with Frank Lloyd Wright,” Winkler said. “Because he has a grand presence in Arizona with Taliesin West, and his connection with the Biltmore hotel, has inspired us to assemble as many of his former cars as possible.”
The Arizona Concours steering committee has also determined the class list for the 2015 show and competition, with 17 specialty classes for entries ranging from antique and full classic to sports cars and exotics.
The Arizona Concours d’Elegance benefits Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions.