When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
The Southwest's Premier Gathering of Rare and Exotic Cars
Purchase Tickets Online or by phone at (505) 577-1778
General Admission 9/30: $45.00
VIP Reception 9/28: $125.00
VIP Admission 9/30: $125.00
Youth Admission on 9/30 (ages 7-17): $25.00
The 2012 Santa Fe Concorso, a gathering of more than 100 rare and exotic cars and motorcycles, will take place September 28 – 30 at The Club at Las Campanas, a stunning development located just 15 minutes from the historic Plaza in downtown Santa Fe.
The event, now in its third year, features three days of viewing a spectacular assemblage of "rolling works of art," including classic cars, racing champions and speed-record seekers, as well as legendary motorcycles and vintage aircraft.
The opening Friday Night Gathering is an informal event for entrants and guests at Hangar K at the Santa Fe Air Center that will showcase a special speed display of vintage aircraft, racing cars and speed-record seekers.
Earlier that day, Paul Russell of Essex, Mass., one of the premier auto restorers in the country, and Jim Stranberg, owner of High Mountain Classics, the top restorer of Bugatti automobiles, will lead a special Design Forum panel discussion at the Log Cabin at The Club at Las Campanas. Both men have taken “Best in Show” honors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Also taking part will be Kip Wasenko, former automotive designer for General Motors, and Jeff Brock, a New Mexico resident, who converted a 1953 Buick into a Bonneville Salt Flats record holder. A Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.
On Saturday the focus turns to driving with the third annual High Mountain Tour. Entrants will drive their classic vehicles and be treated to challenging roads and spectacular New Mexico scenery before arriving at Valles Caldera National Preserve. While the mountain tour is for vehicle entrants only, members of the public can also hit the road as participants in the Open Road Tours, which take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday September 26 – 28.
The Concorso main event takes place on Sunday, Sept. 30, when the classic cars and motorcycles will be displayed on the 9th fairway at The Club at Las Campanas Sunrise Golf Course and in close proximity to the Clubhouse, where attendees will be surrounded by panoramic mountain views. A group of automotive expert judges will review the field and name class winners based on a vehicle’s elegance, authenticity, provenance and craftsmanship. Both VIP and public food concessions will be available as well as the popular Concorso merchandise.
There will be many stars in the field of vehicles but some standouts include three “cowboy cars,” one belonging to Tom Mix (a supercharged Cord 812 roadster), another to Roy Roger’s and Dale Evans’ (a ’63 Bonneville embellished by Nudie Cohen) and Cowboy Shane, Alan Ladd’s ’59 white Cadillac, round out the group. A 1988 Formula I Ferrari driven to victory by Gerhard Berger is part of the open wheel race car class, as well as the 1917 Peerless Green Dragon.
In addition, automotive luminaries such as Sir Stirling and Lady Susie Moss will be on hand as well as Santa Fe’s own Denise McCluggage, a legendary writer and racer, and Albuquerque’s Al Unser Sr, a four-time Indianapolis 500 winner.
The success of the Santa Fe Concorso directly benefits youth organizations of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County. The Concorso is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. A portion of ticket costs are tax deductible to the extent allowed by Federal law. www.santafeconcorso.com