For vintage automobile lovers around the world, one of the events on their year's "must be there" list is the La Jolla Concours D'Elegance. Considering this car show has been cited among the top three of the year by British automotive magazine Octane, you know you're going to see some truly spectacular sights.
And what's a better backdrop for drop dead gorgeous vintage cars than the La Jolla Cove? In its 11th edition, this year's display of splendor showcased the coachbuilt classics of the 30s and 40s from April 10 to 12 at the Ellen Brownings Scripps Park...a weekend of Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, Bugattis, Cadillacs and Duesenbergs.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Contemporary Classic Cocktail Party
The weekend of vintage luxe kicked off with a cocktail party on April 10, hosted by La Valencia Hotel and co-sponsored by CJ Charles Jewelers. This intimate evening saw guests being treated to a grand display of stunning Rolls-Royce automobiles, mouthwatering food courtesy of chef James Montejano, and fantastic entertainment generously topped off with delicious cocktails, wines and champagnes.
La Jolla Concours Tour D'Elegance & VIP Reception
Saturday saw a lucky group of 75 aficionados enjoying a scenic tour with exclusive viewings of private collections, driving themselves or enjoying the tour from a double decker tour bus, which began at the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park and ended at the Grand Del Mar, where they enjoyed a catered lunch and an awards ceremony.
This delightful day wound down in style with the Aston Martin San Diego Exclusive VIP Reception, also co-sponsored by CJ Charles Jewelers, at the Ellen Brownings Scripps Park. This sparkling evening saw guests sampling some of the best cuisine that San Diego had to offer and enjoying the cocktails, silent auction and live entertainment alongside the Pacific Ocean sunset.
La Jolla Concours D'Elegance & La Jolla Motor Cars Classic at the Concours
This final tribute to the art of restoration saw over 300 of the most spectacular cars lined up and showing off what made them vintage luxe. Attendees admired the best of the 30s and 40s, while enjoying the complimentary and hosted wines, cocktails and beers, along with a complimentary lunch. Adults and children both made a day of it....it was truly a sight to be seen to be believed!
Relive the weekend with some of the pictures below (all images courtesy of La Jolla Concours D'Elegance on Facebook):
If you were among the lucky attendees at any or all of these events, let us know what you think about the experience. And if you weren't...there's always next year. The dates for the 12th edition of the La Jolla Concours D'Elegance are out – April 8-10, 2016. Perhaps we'll see you there!