Kirkland Concours d'Elegance
The Kirkland Concours d'Elegance at America's Car Museum is an automotive charitable event which has raised approximately 1.5 million US dollars during its first nine years for uncompensated health care for children at Seattle Children's Hospital and Evergreen Hospital Medical Center. The event was established in 2003 and was held the first nine years of its existence at Carillon Point in Kirkland, Washington. In September 2012 the event moved to the LeMay America's Car Museum (ACM) in nearby Tacoma.
A Concours d'Elegance (French, literally "a competition of elegance") is an event open to both prewar and postwar collector cars in which they are judged for authenticity, function, history, and style. Classes are commonly arranged by type, marque (manufacturer), coachbuilder, country of origin, or time period. Judges select first-, second-, and third-place finishers for each class in the event, and the judges confer the "Best of Show" award on one car from the group of first-place winners. In addition, a group of honorary judges, individuals who have made significant contributions to the automotive industry or motorsports, award a number of subjective awards to recognize standout vehicles regardless of class ribbons, as well as memorial awards created to honor specific automotive industry personages. There are also junior judges made up of sixth- through ninth-graders from local schools.
Nearby Concours d'Elegance
- Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance (Forest Grove, OR)
- "Glittering for charity: Pacific Northwest concours benefits kids, celebrates cars" (Press release). Autoweek. August 8, 2009. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
- Tockston, Jack (December 2013). "Dynamic Cars in a Dynamic Setting". Sports Car Market. 25 (12): 46.
- "Eighth Annual Kirkland Concours to Showcase Rolling Art" (Press release). Sports Car Market Letter. April 21, 2010. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2010.
- Bomstead, Carl (February 2012). "The Last Concours at Lake Washington". Sports Car Market. 24 (2): 38.