Report: 2016 Fountain Hills Concours d’Elegance

2016-fountain-hills-concoursOne of Arizona’s fastest-growing motorsports events is the Concours in the Hills in Fountain Hills. Now in its third year, this annual event has expanded considerably since it began in 2014. This year’s event took place on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Generation: High Output staff were on hand to cover the event.

Unlike other concours events such as Pebble Beach or Amelia Island, the Fountain Hills show distinguishes itself by being a casual, fun event geared towards families. Admission is free and the show is held on the grass at Fountain Park, which houses the world’s 4th tallest fountain (it was the tallest in the world when it was completed in 1970).

1972-citroen-sm-profileThere were a wide variety of cars on display at the show. One of them that caught my eye was this 1972 Citroen SM. Produced for only five years and sold in the US for just two of those years, the SM is one of just 2,400 vehicles that were imported, making it an exceptionally rare automobile!

fountain-hills-concours-laferrariThere was quite a crowd of people clustered around this black LaFerrari, the latest hypercar from Maranello. One of just 499 produced and with a price tag of $1.4 million USD, it is the first car from Ferrari to feature a hybrid powertrain that combines electric motors with a 6.3L V12 engine to produce a total of 989 horsepower. According to Road and Track, the car will do 0-60mph in 2.4 seconds and tops out at an insane 217 mph.

fountain-hills-concours-lm002While I enjoyed walking around the show on a beautiful sunny day, the highlight of the show for me was seeing this 1988 Lamborghini LM002 SUV. This one has been on my list for a while, and I was thrilled to see such a rare vehicle up close and personal. Designed as a military vehicle that never saw adoption, Lamborghini sold their V12-powered SUV in small quantities as a luxury off-road vehicle. By the time production ended in 1993, only 328 of these vehicles had been built.

fountain-hills-concours-lm002-rearThe event also raised more than $60,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale in 2015 (2016 figures were not available at the time of publication). I enjoyed my time at the 2016 Fountain Hills Concours d’Elegance immensely, and am looking forward to returning again for next year’s event.