Newport Beach Concours d?Elegance

By: Wally Clark

On October 5, 1997 we had a great turnout of Ferraris for the Newport Beach Concours. French cars were the feature this year and what a beautiful display of "swoopy" bodied cars! Best of Show went to a 1934 Voisin C27 Figoni Cabriolet which was also the poster car for the event. The field had many Pebble Beach winning cars, including the Talbot Lago T150C Figoni and Falashi coupe which won Best of Show this year. Highlight of the French car class was General William Lyon?s 1931 Bugatti Royale Type 41 Binder Coupe de Ville (ex Harrah). This car is HUGE! Other cars on display were a featured pre 1952 Woody class and a display class of fat-fendered Hot Rods.

Some special Ferraris graced the field. Symbolic Motors brought the 1970 Ferrari 512 S race car, Chuck Betz/Fred Peters brought their TDF and SWB, and John Clinard brought his beautiful 250 Cabriolet Series I. The organizers were ecstatic over the Ferrari display and would like us to do more next year, perhaps as an FCA Club event.

A great day, a good crowd, an overall superb event!