My Car Quest

October 20, 2021

Something For Everyone In Southern California

by Richard Bartholomew –

Sunday October 1st 2017 at the Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance.

While it wasn’t a true concours the event held at the Zamperini Field (TOA) formerly Torrance airport was an elegant event with some very interesting and rare cars. Laid out on the tarmac at the east end of the airfield amidst military aircraft from different era and countries were some very nice cars that would normally be displayed on the fairway up the hill in Palos Verdes.

Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance

The weather was perfect for viewing the cars with a nice marine layer that kept the temperature of all that cement nice and low, good for the cars and people.

Classics are always a highlight at the Palos Verdes shows and they did not disappoint. Lines of Stutz’ and Packards recall an era when cars were built with panache, even art deco dash boards and the trunks were really trunks.

Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance

Adding to the atmosphere of the classic cars were two sets of dancers, flapper era and 40s era, performing fun dance routines to period music.

The set up at this show also had other unique enhancements not usually seen at classic car shows. Usually at airshows the cars, if they have them, are off in a field and away from the operating and static displayed airplanes. Not this time, the planes arrived before the cars and there were no flight operations at our end of the airport. And it was a very interesting set up with Porsche 356s surrounding a World War II era DC-3, Jaguars circling a British Harrier jet and horseless carriage era vehicles amidst biplanes.

Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance

A rare YF-23 and F-14 also were part of the show. Large planes added a vertical dimension to this classic car event that they don’t have on golf courses concours, city park shows or parking lot cars and coffee shows.

There was a section of race cars with a nice group of Lotus motor cars dominating. Hot rods, real Cobras, Shelby Mustangs, an interesting Alfa or two, two Volvo P1800s, a rare Pinin Farina designed Pegaso and a hot blue Lotus Europa. Representing Forward Look Mopar a rare and pristine 1961 Chrysler 300 G with a modern looking sleek interior front and backseat areas.

Palos Verdes Concours D'Elegance

The Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance is a charity event that Southern California can be proud of and they do something very well that not all events can pull off –
they deliver something for everyone.

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

More photos are in the slide shows below – all photos by Richard Bartholomew.

THE AUTHOR: Richard Bartholomew is a Riverside, California based artist and photographer.

More photos are in Part 2 here.

Update – Voisin photo added below

This was mentioned in the Comments so the author sent this additional photo.





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Something For Everyone In Southern California
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Something For Everyone In Southern California
The weather was perfect for viewing the cars and airplanes with a nice marine layer that kept the temperature comfortable for all.


  1. Bill Cooper says

    Great photos, looks like it was an interesting show.

    The Chrysler 300G looked like a very accurate restoration or was it original? The leather on the seats had the correct impressions, not easy to duplicate.

    Would anyone have any additional pictures of the black and white car pictured in part 2, 3rd block 18 of 19 with a man with a boxer dog on a leash? Could it be an Avions Voisin?

    Thanks for the posting

  2. Richard Bartholomew says

    The owner of the 300 G said it was a ’61 and they only made 460 or so and he said a lot of people spent a lot of time restoring it to what you see.I’ll look for pictures of the other car you mentioned and get them to mycarquest if I have any.

  3. A photo of the Voisin was sent in by Richard Bartholomew and is now posted at the end of his article.

  4. wallace wyss says

    I was there and missed the Interceptor with the reddish convertible top that is in Rick’s pictures.
    Never seen one with a top color other than black.
    So my question for the judges is: was that color available then to match the paint? I actually enjoy color-keyed ragtops for personal use but if it was never available at the time as an option I would have to subtract some points. We could say it doesn’t matter but isn’t that was concours are all about–to award the most authentically restored cars the award?

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