Dana Point Concours de Elegance

Dana Point, CA — The 100-year-old Duesenberg marque was featured, but upstaged at the 31st Annual Dana Point Concours at the St. Regis Resort here as Best of Show went to a stunning 1934 Packard Twelve 1108.


Bent fairway grass, the Pacific Ocean and crisp white tents were the backdrop for an event that attracted some 240 beautiful automobiles, spanning a century of innovation and extraordinary design. The rolling gardens and fountains of the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort leading to the show was a sight to behold — even before you got to the gleaming machinery.

The cars were the stars as they spread out in 26 judging classes — plus vintage motorcycles. Shining, gleaming, cherry hopefuls lined the golf course fairways representing Ferrari, Bugatti, Delahaye, Corvette, Cobra, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes-Benz and even a Japanese-market Datsun Fairlady Z. A number of the curvaceous specimens were provided from the collections of Crevier Classic Cars, Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, the Nethercutt Museum and the Petersen Automotive Museum.

One Duesenberg, the Nethercutt’s 1936 SJN Convertible Coupe, had already collected Amelia Island’s Best in Show award earlier this year. The car was also known for its role in the original 1949 classic film “The Great Gatsby.” The race and contemporary car display included a BMW M1 competition car, a 1963 Corvette Split-Window Coupe that was featured in the Elvis Presley movie, “Viva Las Vegas” — and for a real chuckle, the 1966 Lincoln Continental “Deathmobile” (a replica) from the low-brow classic “Animal House,” which starred in the famous climax with John Belushi.

Other unique entries included a 1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 MarkIII and a 1966 Yenko Corvair. The 1964 Porsche 901 was of particular interest. The short-lived moniker for the iconic body was a result of Peugeot having already trademarked a zero in the middle of all its three-digit model numbers, forcing Porsche, after already publishing all of its promotional materials, to reluctantly rename the car “911.”

For a complete list of winners, go to: http://www.danapointconcours.org/press-release
–reported by Tom Stahler


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