June 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
The Concours d’Elegance, or competition of elegance, is a network of automobile shows and competitions around the world and in the United States throughout the year. Based on French tradition and started in the United States in 1950, Concours d’Elegance clubs are today found across the nation, in which automobile enthusiasts restore classic cars from the Golden Age of motoring to mint or beyond mint condition. Region-specific Concours d’Elegance clubs are typically nonprofit organizations, the proceeds from their shows and competitions going to charitable causes. For nearly a decade, the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance club has been active in St. Michaels, Maryland, and has been a significant contributor to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance committee and club members organize fundraising dinners, charity auctions, and their signature automobile shows and competitions, donating the proceeds to philanthropic causes.
About the author: Frank Donatoni is a luxury car enthusiast, general manager of Porsche of Annapolis in Maryland, and a regular contributor to St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance. Porsche of Annapolis sponsors the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance each year, demonstrating Frank Donatoni’s commitment to the community of luxury car enthusiasts and the growth of automobile culture in America.