It’s nice to see auto competitions (almost) take off again, each of us having been deprived for over a year of beautiful vintage cars set in tranquil exterior settings. There is one aspect of a contest, however, that receives far less attention than the vehicles themselves, and that would be the worthy charities for which donations abruptly ceased with the temporary cessation of these shows.
Fundraising has picked up, however, as this year marks the return of the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance, founded by Stuart Sobek in 2019, which returns for its second edition with more than 100 automobiles ready to be presented. Presented by Towbin Motorcars of Las Vegas, the exhibit benefits Miracle Flights, a national non-profit organization established in 1985. Based in Las Vegas, the organization provides free air transportation to children and adults in need of flight. help getting specialized medical care away from home. The decline in commercial air transport during the pandemic has been substantial, but the need for medical air transport has not abated. Throughout this time, Miracle Flights has supported patients and families across the United States with more than 600 life saving flights each month, thanks to the generosity of donors across the country.
The 2021 Las Vegas Concours of Elegance is preceded by two days of pre-show festivities leading up to the main event on October 23 at the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin. The installation’s playground will set the stage for cars on display from notable private collections and museums across the country. In 2019, for example, the unique Hispano-Suiza Dubonnet Xenia from 1938 (opening image) was a popular entry.
Visitors to the Las Vegas Concours will be able to see the automobiles up close and have the opportunity to have a bird’s eye view from the stadium seats. With plenty of fins, this year’s star brand is Cadillac, while 14 other classes judged include Pre-1916 and Vintage, American and European Classics until 1948, Prewar Sports, Auburn Cord Duesenberg, Postwar Sports and Racing, and Supercars 1971 to 1990.
Among the prestigious accolades awarded are the Helene Awards, which honor the achievements of specific people, and the Best in Show awarded to the collector car considered to be the most desirable. A final highlight is the Tour d’Elegance closing day, where many iconic four-wheelers parade the Las Vegas Strip.
Learn more about Robb Report2022 Car of the Year events set in Napa Valley here and in Boca Raton here.