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2015 Arizona Concours d’Elegance

Written By Nicole James

Photos by Hans Marquez

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance stepped up for its second year, building on the strong success of its first 2014 event, and with the historic Arizona Biltmore again providing the stunning Art Deco backdrop inspired by Frank Loyd Write. The two Saturday seminars, one held by the Phoenix Automotive Press Association as an auction preview and the other hosted by Lyn St. James, Elegance at Speed racing-car design forum, were very well attended. Sunday’s attendance was a sellout for the 2015 Concours.

The beneficiary of the Arizona Concours, Make-A-Wish Arizona, raised more than $70,000 in donations.  The Arizona organization is the founding chapter of the national foundation that grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a premier event that serves as the start of the famous Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, benefits Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

The 2015 Award Winners are as Follows:

Pre-1915 Antique Automobiles: 1903 Pope-Hartford Model B, John Konwiser, Scottsdale, AZ

Pre-War Sports and Racing: 1932 MG F1 Magna, Malcolm and Barbara Appleton, Waitsfield, VT

Post-War American-Powered Sports Cars: 1952 Cunningham C-3 convertible, Rich and Karen Atwell, Phoenix, AZ

Post-War American Race Cars: 1959 Watson “Simoniz Special” Indy roadster, Larry and Jan Pfitzenmaier, Sonoita, AZ

Post-War European Sports Cars: 1962 Jaguar E-type OTS, Randall Smalley, Paradise Valley AZ

American Classic Open: 1933 Packard 1005 convertible coupe, Aaron and Valeria Weiss, San Marino CA

Post-War European Race Cars: 1956 Ferrari 500 Testarossa, Linda and Bill Pope, Scottsdale, AZ

American Classic Closed: 1937 Buick 91F formal sedan, Lee Gurvey, Scottsdale. AZ

European Classic: 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet A, Thomas Taffet, Chatsworth, CA

Preservation: 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, Terry Maxon, Glendale. AZ

Avant-Garde: 1949 Volkswagen Hebmuller cabriolet, Ron Clarke, Paradise Valley, AZ

Exotic: 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, Philippe and Francoise Reyns, Chandler, AZ

Post-War Mercedes-Benz: 1961 300D sedan, Barry Sohnen, Los Angeles, CA

Pierce-Arrow: 1916 Model 48, Clive Cussler, Paradise Valley, AZ

100th Anniversary of Carrozzeria Ghia: 1952 Fiat 8V Supersonic, David Sydorick Beverly Hills, CA

The special award winners are:

Make-A-Wish Kid’s Choice: Jaguar XK120C, Bill and Linda Pope, Scottsdale, AZ

Hagerty Youth Judges: 1927 Marmon E-75 Speedster, Ed Boice, Los Ranchos, NM

Historic Vehicle Association: 1949 Crosley Hot Shot (Frank Lloyd Wright), Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum, Auburn IN

Historic Vehicle Association: 1937 AC 16/80 “Ace” roadster, David and Rochelle Buice, Dallas, TX

Phoenix Automotive Press Association: 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, Todd and Stan Reeg, Paradise Valley, AZ

Most Elegant Pre-War: 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

Most Elegant Post-War: 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Zagato, Rocky Mountain Auto Collection, Scottsdale, AZ

Director’s Award: 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Ghia (Rita Hayworth Cadillac), Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Director’s Award: 1951 OSCA MT4, T.G. Mittler, Santa Fe, NM

Director’s Award: 1957 Dual-Ghia, Curt and Carole Ziegler, Denver, CO

Most Significant Race or Sports Car: 1954 Ferrari Europa 250 GT, Budd and Laurie Florkiewicz, Scottsdale, AZ

Significant Design of Its Era: 1937 Cord 812 SC Custom Beverly, Bruce Hanson, Phoenix, AZ

Special Award: 1956 Ferrari 500 Testarossa, Bill and Linda Pope, Scottsdale, AZ

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Arizona Concours awards Best of Show to a
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A

The spectacular pre-war cabriolet, owned by Thomas Taffet of Chatsworth, California, was brought to the Arizona Concours by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center.  The 540 K earlier won Best of Class in the European Classics group.

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