The event was held on the grounds of the Presidio, a former military base turned national park that is characterized by many wooded areas, hills and scenic vistas overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. By placing a Concours against the backdrop of the fabled park, the inaugural Presidio of San Francisco combined history of the motorcar with one of California’s truly significant landmarks.
The Presidio had been a fortified location since 1776 when the Spanish made it the military center of their expansion in the area. It passed to Mexico, which in turn passed it to the United States in 1847. As part of a military reduction program, Congress voted in 1989 to end the Presidio’s status as an active military installation and on October 1, 1994, it was transferred to the National Park Service, ending 219 years of military use and beginning its next phase of mixed commercial and public use.
And in less than 15 years, the organizers made the astute and logical decision to field a Concours on the grounds. The organizers, Brian & Michele Moore, know a thing or two about running a successful event, having honed their skills at the Niello Concours at Serrano, held annually in El Dorado Hills, California.
The 2009 Presidio of San Francisco Concours d’Elegance celebrated the marques of Packard & Bentley.
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2009 Presidio of San Francisco Concours d’Elegance Picture Gallery (click for larger image and description)