Featured Classes for Arizona Concours 2015

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The Arizona Concours d’Elegance has announced the featured classes for its second annual event. The concours will take place January 11, 2015 at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort.

The Arizona Concours 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
  • 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 aura and architecture of the Biltmore hotel inspired the special class for Frank Lloyd Wright cars, according to 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.

For more information about the Arizona Concours d’Elegance, see www.arizonaconcours.com.

 

Tony Piff

SCM Auctions Editor and Photographer

Tony has long trumpeted the virtues of collecting Japanese cars. His daily driver is a 1970 Toyota Hilux — the one with the turn signals on top of the fenders. His popular “Rising Sun” column keeps a pulse on the J-tin market.

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