The Arizona Concours d’Elegance Returns in 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The Arizona Concours d’Elegance is back, returning as the highlight of Arizona Car Week in January 2023. The much-admired show and competition of fine automobiles will be held on the grass at the newly renovated Scottsdale Civic Center, bordered by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA).

The Concours, led by Ed Winkler, Chuck Stanford, Jr. and Steve Evans, has formed a new partnership with Scottsdale Arts, the multi-disciplinary arts organization responsible for artistic services in the city of Scottsdale, to conduct the Concours at its new location.

The Arizona Concours, scheduled for January 22, 2023, will again invite about 100 select rare and exotic automobiles to be considered for judging and exhibition, with the best among them awarded class prizes and the coveted Best-of-Show. The Concours was previously held at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix as an annual event from 2014 through 2017.

“Scottsdale Arts and city of Scottsdale are thrilled to welcome this premier automotive event to our calendar of arts and entertainment,” said Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts.

“We are excited to have such a fantastic arts organization as our partner as we revive this beloved event,” added Ed Winkler, co-director of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance.

The theme for the 2023 Concours is “The Art of Aerodynamics.” Looking to draw on its previous success as a high-end event, the Concours will welcome select automobiles for submission beginning May 9, 2022. The form for submissions can be found at ArizonaConcours.com.

Tickets for the Concours go on sale June 1; purchase information will be coming soon. Visit ArizonaConcours.com for information.

About the Arizona Concours d’Elegance:  

A curated and judged exhibition of the world’s finest collector cars, the Arizona Concours d’Elegance is a celebration of automotive design held each January during Arizona Car Week. A point of pride for the region’s car community, the non-profit event supports the arts and local artists.

About Scottsdale Arts:  

Through its partnership with the city of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active, lifelong community engagement with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a nationally recognized, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation — serving more than 600,000 participants annually.

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