LEXINGTON, KY—Featured on this year’s Keeneland Concours d’Elegance schedule is an appearance and autograph signing by Bob Tullius, the legendary Jaguar racer.
As a founder and former member of the Group 44 racing team, Tullius brought Jaguar racing cars to fame and success in the 1970s. Tullius’ team is credited with reintroducing Jaguar to racing and international wins.
Jaguar and Tullius are reunited again at Keeneland, at the fourth annual Concours d’Elegance. Tullius is the featured guest at the event, and Jaguar is the guest marque.
As in previous years, 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed Concours automobiles will be judged to receive the coveted trophy sponsored by horse farms throughout the region. Cars exhibited at the event fall into one of 14 judged categories.
Also part of the festivities is a special, “Grand Classic Event” exhibit with the Indiana Region’s Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) featuring limited edition cars produced in 1925-1948. Among these are Duesenberg, Mercedes, Bentley and Packard. The Grand Classic Event boasts a collection of cars at the pinnacle of design, engineering and manufacturing of the era. Additional rare and exotic cars will be on showcase in the Car Club Paddock and special interest areas.
The four-day event, best known for the Saturday Concours d’Elegance, also includes additional festivities mixing Kentucky art, culture and elegance. All proceeds from the Keeneland Concours benefit the Kentucky Children’s Hospital and WUKY public radio.
“It is our hope and our goal that the Concours d’Elegance provides everyone with a unique experience—a mix of art, flair, design, sounds—and of course—a cause,” said event chairman Tom Jones. “There are many reasons to be excited about the 2007 Concours, and we are looking forward to hosting another outstanding weekend in the Bluegrass.”
Event activities include:
Bourbon Tour (Thursday, August 23)
Tour of renowned Gainsborough Farm and then on to Woodford Reserve Distillery, complete with bourbon sampling from select barrels. Pick your favorite sample and have it bottled with exclusive Keeneland Concours label. (Registration limited)
Black Tie Gala (Friday, August 24)
Cocktail reception, fine dining and dancing at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. A live auction offering extravagant vacations and racing weekends add to the exotic atmosphere of the evening. ($150 per person)
Concours d’Elegance (Saturday, August 25)
10 a.m.– 4 p.m.
Concours automobiles, a CCCA Grand Classic Event, BobTullius, and hundreds of cars in the Car Club Paddock. Also included will be automotive art, fashion, and unique shopping. ($15/person; under 12 free. Collector’s event program/$10)
Hangar Bash (Saturday evening, August 25)
Casual setting for food, drink and music featuring the awards ceremony of the CCCA Grand Classic Club. Concours automobile winners will share the spotlight with modern and vintage airplanes parked on the tarmac of the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. $15/person (Registration limited.)
Tour d’Elegance (Sunday, August 26)
A drive through the beautiful Bluegrass countryside with a stop at Kentucky’s Governor’s Mansion and Capitol building followed by a luncheon/tour at historic Elmendorf Farm. Farm tour also includes a look at the world’s largest horse-drawn carriage collection.