Have You Ever Experienced a La Jolla Concours Weekend?
Have You Ever Experienced a La Jolla Concours Weekend?
The La Jolla Concours D’ Elegance is one of the world’s top automotive events and they join us on the shores of La Jolla Cove for an entire weekend every spring. They kicked off their 15th annual celebration in “the jewel” of San Diego. Together, this year’s committee chairman Michael Dorvillier and the La Jolla Merchant’s Association planned a fabulous few days with events and experiences for everyone ranging from young to old, car enthusiast to spectator, and tourist to resident.
I’ve been a resident of sunny San Diego for the past 10 years and this was surprisingly my first time attending the car show. I used to walk around the beach and try to catch a glimpse of the cars, thinking this was sufficient – boy was I wrong. Although I’ve never been super interested in the world of cars, I can tell you that I adored every part of this weekend! After witnessing the beauty of lovely La Jolla, taking a walk through car history, listening to lively music, and tasting fabulously mouth-watering food, I’ll never miss this car show again!
Dozens of historic and contemporary automobiles are parked on the grassy cliffs of La Jolla Cove, literally bringing this weekend to new heights of excellence. Renowned and passionate collectors from around the country travel here with their one-of-a-kind, meticulously restored and award-winning automobiles. It’s a precious opportunity for car collectors to play their part in preserving history and celebrating engineering and innovation. As I was walking around the grassy knoll transformed into a haven for car lovers, the energy was contagious. I found myself stopping more than once to admire the beautiful machinery and chat with its proud owners.
Just a Few Car Collections on Exhibition:
Aston Martin Mercedes Bentley Lamborghini Jaguar
McLaren Corvette Maserati
PLUS many more
Best in Show Winner:
1935 Duesenberg SJ Gurney Nutting Speedster
Owner: William Lyon
Again, I’m no car expert, but even I could tell that this car, with its distinctive style and monstrous engine, was a beauty and special sight to see! I was taken back in time to the 1930’s, as I imagined who the first owner of this car was and pondered what life was like during that decade.
Aircraft and Annual FlyBy:
Just one of the many unique attractions part of the La Jolla Concours is the showcase of rare and historic aeroplanes, hosted by San Diego’s very own Allen Airways Flying Museum on Gillespie Field. Similar to classic automobiles, the aeroplanes tell a story of their very own and take you through history all the way back to World War II. The aircraft are parked right on the grassy cliffs, giving you an up-close look at the breathtaking pieces of machinery that defined our military aviation status in the 1930’s and 1940’s. You’re also treated to live aerial performances by local pilots and military veterans who are as passionate about aviation as car enthusiasts are about cars. It’s a great opportunity to take a break from looking down and instead look up in the bright blue sky to witness the awesome roar of six hundred horsepower Pratt and Whitney engines.
Silver Stearman Biplane owned by the late actor Steve McQueen:
One of the show’s highlights was the beautifully restored airplane owned by the late McQueen. Once the epitome of military training aircraft in the 1930’s and 1940’s, less than 900 Stearmans are still flying today. I definitely felt privileged to experience this small part of aviation history.
All About the Food:
Let’s not forget about the second most important part of the event. The food, right? The fabulous fine dining offered at the La Jolla Concours car show is a foodie’s dream come true. Imagine getting to experience some of San Diego’s best restaurants serving savory and sweet treats all under, the one and only, La Jolla Cove sun. If you want to elevate your taste buds, then consider upgrading your ticket to VIP, and you will gain access to this circle of exquisite and exciting food. After trying many of the delectable bites, I found myself already making plans to visit the restaurants!
San Diego’s Top Restaurants at the Car Show:
Bobboi Natural Gelato
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar La Jolla Fogo de Chao
Sweet Petite Confections
Tavern + Bowl East Village
The Melting Pot La Jolla
The Oceanaire Seafood Room
The Phenomenal Parties:
For you night owls, the La Jolla Concours has you covered! Spectacularly classy parties are hosted on both Friday and Saturday night to keep you entertained. If you’re fortunate to have the night off from
kids or work, you will love these soirées hosted at some of La Jolla’s most iconic landmarks. This year, guests were invited to a cocktail party at The LOT La Jolla, an exclusive lounge and entertainment center, and to a VIP Ashton Martin sponsored party at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park. This year’s sponsors and planners didn’t skip a beat, pampering guests with creative cocktails, sensational bites, entertainment, silent and live auction, and chic social vibes.
Weekend of Perks:
Whether you’re a tourist or lucky enough to be a San Diego resident, you should spend some time in the warm spring sun walking in and about the La Jolla Village. The La Jolla Merchant’s Association organizes a “Free Sip, Shop and Stroll Event” for La Jolla Concours goers. You don’t want to miss the flurry of fun perks offered at local restaurants, spas, gyms and hotels, and the talented local bands playing beachy tunes along street corners. A few of the many specials offered at local businesses this year included a 2- for-1 Sunday brunch special at The LOT, complimentary Healthy Leg consultations at a specialty vein center, The Secret Vein Clinic, and deals at the town’s top gym, La Jolla Sports Club. My recommendation is that you catch the sunset too – the dreamy pink sky, subtle serenading of musicians and treasured time with your loved ones is simply divine.
Is the La Jolla Concours Weekend Kid Friendly?
Yes, absolutely! The automotive show is basically an outdoor museum for cool cars, planes and even some motorcycles along the beach. Kids don’t have to hold back their laughter and energy like in a traditional museum but can instead explore, with parent supervision, history in the most amazing setting, the La Jolla Cove and Beach.
Know the Tickets Types & Be Prepared for Next Year’s Show:
Sip, Shop and Stroll Event in La Jolla Village: FREE on Saturday!
General Admission to the Sunday Car Show: $75/adult, $30/military, $30/children 11-17 years, and Free/children 10 and under. This ticket includes access to the 130 automobiles and aeroplanes on display and complimentary admission to the Champagne and Honey Tasting Garden, and live aerial performances.
VIP Access to the Sunday Car Show: $200/adult, $100/military, and $75/children 5-17 years. This ticket includes all the above plus admission to the fabulous food circle, access to VIP entrance, lounge area, and full hosted bar, and a complimentary commemorative poster.
Friday and Saturday Night Parties: The LOT Cocktail Party tickets were $100 and The VIP Ashton Martin sponsored party tickets were $250. The price and venue change every year.
Ultimate VIP Package: $450/person. This ticket includes all of the above-mentioned perks! It’s an all access pass to the entire extravagant weekend of parties and shows!