The 2008 Rocky Mountain Concours d’Elegance will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado on the grounds of the famed Broadmoor Resort over Labor Day weekend, August 29th – September 1st.
This year’s Rocky Mountain Concours will welcome Bobby, Al Senior and other members of the Unser family, as it spotlights this renowned racing family’s achievements on the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb. Additionally, the history (1928 to 1955) of the British-built Vincent motorcycle will be highlighted.
The Concours d’Elegance show field, located on the first and second fairways of the Broadmoor’s West Course, opens to the general public at 9:00 a.m.
A special Unser Racing Museum tent displaying some of the Unser’s historic Pikes Peak Hillclimb cars will be set amidst the show field of 120 Classic, historic, racing and vintage automobiles, plus 60 motorcycle concours entries – where Vincent motorbikes will receive special recognition with a comprehensive display of the British company’s 1928-1955 history. Other visual pleasures will be on display (and available for purchase) in the Artist’s Grotto area of the show field as well.
The Rocky Mountain Concours d’Elegance debuted successfully in 2007, according to Dan Kane, event co-founder and chairman.
“We had a stellar field of 132 judged vehicles that included 28 motorcycles. An additional 93 vehicles were part of special non-judged displays. The Gateway Canyons Resort here in Colorado and Mercedes-Benz Classic Center USA in Irvine, California demonstrated their trust in us by being presenting sponsors of our first-year event.”
“Our host, the Broadmoor, is more than just a beautiful venue. It is our founding sponsor and the management and staff, working in concert with us, truly demonstrated their support and commitment to us and our benefiting charities. We were gratified to have concours entrants who brought their cars and motorcycles from the four corners of this nation – Connecticut, Florida, California and Washington – as well as many from all over Colorado and neighboring states.”
“Now we’re looking forward to welcoming the Unsers, truly a first-family of Pikes Peak competition with a cumulative 113 challenges and 39 overall or class wins,” Kane continued. “We’ve been told that both Bobby and Al, Sr. are ‘excited about attending’ and we anticipate that other racing Unser family members, depending upon their individual racing schedules and commitments, will be here to greet fans and supporters as well. The Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Unser Racing Museum will display several of the cars that an Unser has competed with on Pikes Peak.”
Top show winners for the inaugural event include:
Best of Show (automobile)
1930 Minerva AL belonging to Paul Emple from Rancho Santa Fe, California
Best of Show (motorcycle)
1920 Mars A20 belonging to Pat Holmes of Colorado Springs, Colorado
Among the special awards were:
Broadmoor Champion Cup (a perpetual trophy is on permanent display in the Broadmoor lobby, a personalized cup goes to the annual winner)
1939/47 Rolls-Royce Phantom III of John Rich Sr from Frackville, Pennsylvania
Otis Chandler Maverick Award (automobile)
1912 Mercedes 37/95 Sport Phaeton owned by John Groendyke of Enid, Oklahoma
Otis Chandler Award (motorcycle)
1927 Panther Heavyweight owned by Jerry Pokorny of Colorado Springs, Colorado
1956 Aerocar belonging to Ed Sweeney of Black Forest, Colorado
For more information, visit www.rmconcours.com.
[Source: Rocky Mountain Concours]