Arizona Concours canceled forever
The Arizona Concours was on its way to becoming an institution on the show car circuit, an elegant way to kick off the week of auctions held every January in and around Scottsdale and Phoenix. But a lack of sponsorship has caused organizers to forever pull the plug on the promising gathering.
“Although the Concours has been a critical success, it unfortunately has not established the financial foundation necessary to support it sustainably into the future,” read a release by the organizers.
The release specified a lack of “sustained corporate support” as the reason for its downfall. Come on, man, isn’t there some big honking car company with too much budget that wants to rescue this worthy event? All you carmakers who flood our email inboxes with releases touting “record profits,” now’s your chance to be a hero! In four years, the Concours has raised $300,000 for Make-A-Wish Arizona, “enabling more than 30 wishes for young people battling life-threatening illnesses.” That’s a pretty good result, wouldn’t you say?
With so many collectors in town every winter for the auctions, the event was a natural. Some of the most beautiful cars in the world have parked on the lawn of the Arizona Biltmore over the years. Last year’s winner was The Mullin museum’s 1957 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, for instance. Donald Nichols’ 1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet de Ville won in the inaugural year. Harry Yeaggy’s 1935 SJ Special the Mormon Meteor was another past winner. The field was like a somewhat smaller Pebble Beach.
Here’s hoping a white knight will ride in (or drive in) and save it all.