Classics converge at ‘Concours’

1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II, winner of the 2012 Concours d’Elegance category of ‘Best in Show’.   - Contributed photo / SJI Sports Car Club
1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II, winner of the 2012 Concours d’Elegance category of ‘Best in Show’.
— image credit: Contributed photo / SJI Sports Car Club

Classic car enthusiasts… it’s time to get your motor running, and make plans to head out to the winery.

The 7th annual Concours d’Elegance is Sunday, Aug. 25, on the grounds of San Juan Island Vineyards. Presented by The Sports Car Club of the San Juan Islands, in conjunction with the Rotary Club, Concours d’Elegance is a celebration of the wonders of the automobile and the open road, and a charitable event all in one.

Beneficiaries of this year’s event are Fish for Teeth, the Family Umbrella Group and Rotary International’s Polio Eradication Project. Last year’s event proved to be a record-setter, with 93 cars entered and more than $8,500 in proceeds raised… that’s $2,500 more than the year before.

While owners of any interesting car or motorcycle are encouraged to enter, the featured marquee for the 2013 show will be Ford performance cars, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40. Enter online at; entry forms are also available at Chamber of Commerce office on Spring Street. Entry forms should be submitted by Aug. 13.

For those coming from off-island, the “travel info”, including ferry schedules and lodging information, is provided at the Sports Car Club’s website as well. San Juan Island’s very own Argyle Street Jazz Band will perform during lunch.

For more info about Concours d’Elegance, visit Sports Car Club website, or contact 2013 Concours Chairman Chris Curtin, 360-370-5531.

Schedule of activities:

• 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., vineyard opens for entrant parking; coffee, muffins, cookies, water available for purchase until noon

11 a.m., show opens for spectators

• Noon to 2 p.m., lunch available for purchase (provided by Spring Street Delicatessen), wine sold in the vineyard pavilion

2:30 p.m., presentation of awards

• 3 p.m., event closes, cars to be moved


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