I’m sitting in Bruce Covill’s 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4. It’s my mobile office as I write this blog while on the Arizona Concours d’Elegance Tour. (Covill’s company Cyberitas Technologies, developed the mobile app for the concours, available here.) We’ve just finished a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.
We have found that if we consolidate the driving of the cars into a focused couple of days, we can examine a larger number of cars in a shorter period of time.
The cars I drove included a couple of Chevrolet Chevelle 454 LS6s, a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 396/375 convertible, an Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BT7, a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette L88, a Corvette L89 and a 1983 Porsche 911 Turbo.
I learned a lot about a variety of cars, many of which I had never driven before.
We’ll shoot the evalutions of the cars and interviews with their owners on Tuedsay, Wednesday and Thursday.
Saturday night, SCM Editor-at-Large Donald Osborne and I were emcees of the gala dinner that kicked off the second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance.
Sunday, Donald and I joined forces again to emcee the Concours. Best of Show went to a 1937 Mercedes 540K Special Roadster brought by Thomas Taffet.
That night we were emcees of the Afterglow celebration and dinner. The Arizona Concours raises money for Make-A-Wish Arizona. Last year, they raised $39,000, far exceeding the expected $7,500. I’m pleased to report that this year’s event raised over $70,000.
The Concours continues to show all of the elements of a first-class event. The Arizona Biltmore is the perfect setting for classic cars. The field, limited to just 80 vehicles, is an accessible size and lends itself to thoughtful curation.
Most of all, the organizers, headed by Kevin Cornish, Ed Winkler and Chuck Stanford Jr., have a clear vision for the event, and they have assembled a remarkable team of volunteers and sponsors.
After the Gala, it was a quick hop over to Barrett-Jackson for their bash. I had a chance to visit with Craig Jackson, and he remarked that they have over 4,000 bidders registered for this week’s auction, and more than 700 of them are new.
It’s a busy time, but I get to be around a lot of very cool old cars and gearhead enthusiasts in the warm Arizona weather. It doesn’t get any better.