Featured marques: Cadillac and Porsche Racing
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2012 Louisville Concours d’Elegance will feature Cadillac and Porsche Racing at historic Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, Oct. 5 to 7. This year’s event will benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital, Kentucky’s only full-service, free-standing children’s hospital. More information about the event, including an online nomination form, can be found at LouisvilleConcours.com.
With a commitment to automotive excellence, the Louisville Concours d’Elegance is quickly becoming one of the premier Concours events in the country, placing a strong emphasis on vehicle authenticity and originality. John Carlson, permanent chief class judge at the well-respected Pebble Beach Concours, will return as chief judge for the Louisville Concours. Paul Sable, automotive enthusiast, historian and former executive director of the Concours of Eastern United States, will serve as honorary chief judge. Master of ceremonies, Ed Lucas, also will return with his colorful commentary as the “voice of the Concours.”
The 2012 Louisville Concours d’Elegance judged classes are:
1. Vintage Cadillac 1916 to 1924
2. Pre-war Cadillac 1925 to 1942
3. Post-war Cadillac 1946 to 1974
5. American Classic CCCA 1925 to 1942
6. European Classic CCCA 1925 to 1939
7. Vintage Automobiles 1916 to 1924
8. American Pre-war Automobiles 1925-1942
9. American Post-war Automobiles 1946-1974
10. Porsche Racing
11. Sports and Grand Touring Cars 1925 to 1942
12. Sports and Grand Touring Cars 1946 to 1974
13. American Muscle Cars 1964 to 1974
14. Closed Corvettes
15. Vintage Hot Rods
The 2012 Louisville Concours d’Elegance special exhibition classes will include (display only):
Early Cadillac 1903 to 1915
Vintage Fire Trucks
WWII Military Vehicles and Triage Tent Display
Nominations may be completed online or downloaded at LouisvilleConcours.com.
2012 schedule of events
Friday, Oct. 5
“Welcome to Louisville” Reception
The weekend will begin at acclaimed 21c Museum Hotel with a private welcoming reception for exhibitors, judges, sponsors and invited guests. Attendees will enjoy authentic southern hospitality while exploring the work of contemporary artists and sampling local culinary specialties. Complimentary food, drink and entertainment included.
Saturday, Oct. 6
“Dawn at the Downs” Champagne Brunch
This event starts with a private viewing of the morning workouts of the racehorses that call Churchill Downs home. Nothing quite matches the beauty and splendor of watching these million-dollar, four-legged athletes run the track on a quiet October morning. After the workout, guests will be treated to a lovely champagne brunch at the Kentucky Derby Museum, followed by a private tour of historic Churchill Downs, where they will learn about the rich history and pageantry that make it one of the world’s most famous sporting venues.
An evening at Glenview Country Estates
Enjoy an evening in one of the most historic neighborhoods of Louisville. Glenview Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes what were once the country estates of Louisville. Now, the neighborhood is a collection of some of the most beautiful homes in the area. The evening includes a cocktail hour and heavy hors d’oeuvres in one historic home before traveling to another for specialty drinks, desserts and dancing. Includes a premium silent auction and original Kentucky entertainment.
Sunday, Oct. 7
Louisville Concours d’Elegance
Many of the most famous and historic collector cars in the country will be on display in the infield of Churchill Downs, each competing for the coveted “Best in Show” crystal trophy. The day includes VIP facilities, refreshments and entertainment, an automotive artist exhibit, a “Kids and Cars” tent and other attractions.
2012 Louisville Concours d’Elegance accommodations
Accommodations for the 2012 Louisville Concours are available at the event’s host hotel, the Louisville Marriott Downtown. To reserve a room at the special Louisville Concours d’Elegance rate, call the Marriott at (800) 533-0127 and ask for the Concours rate.
For more information, visit LouisvilleConcours.com or call the Louisville Concours offices any time at (502) 629-8060 or (800) 444-2523 and leave a message. A member of our executive committee will return your call within 24 hours.
About Kosair Children’s Hospital
Kosair Children’s Hospital and Kosair Children’s Medical Center – Brownsboro serve nearly 140,000 children annually from throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The hospital is Kentucky’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital. As a regional facility that treats all children regardless of the family’s ability to pay, the hospital relies on support from the community. The Children’s Hospital Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Kosair Children’s Hospital and raises millions of dollars each year to support programs, equipment and facilities, research, advocacy and education. The Children’s Hospital Foundation raised $11.7 million in 2011 to support the hospital. For more information, visit HelpKosairChildrensHospital.com or call (502) 629-8060.