Keeneland Concours d'Elegance features a decade's worth of winners

sosborne@herald-leader.comJuly 17, 2014 

  • Keeneland Concours d'Elegance

    What: 11th annual automotive lifestyle event featuring classic cars from around the world

    When: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. July 19

    Where: Keeneland Race Track, 4201 Versailles Road

    Tickets: $15 advance, $20 day of show

    More info: Keenelandconcours.com

Prized automobiles, not Thoroughbreds, will saunter into Keeneland Race Course on Saturday for the 11th annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance.

More than 140 collector cars and motorcycles, from Porsches to a 1930 Packard 740, will be judged in classes that span all eras of automotive history.

Ken Hold, a founding member of the Concours, said the theme of this year's event is "Best of the Best."

"We've gone back 10 years and looked at the winners of each class and the trophy winners of the show overall, and invited them back to compete against each other," he said.

Among the returning winners will be a 1934 Duesenberg "Mormon Meteor," which Hold estimated to be worth $5 million to $7 million.

The featured class includes cars that won their classes at previous Keeneland Concours.

Also, there will be a collection of NASCAR racers from the 1960s and '70s on display and the Car Club Paddock with cars from around the region.

Hold said the event had transformed throughout the past decade to become an event that attracts worldwide interest. It is consistently ranked as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society and a Top 10 Festival by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association.

Even as the event garners accolades, Hold said the Concours was for spectators of all backgrounds.

He said a lot of similar shows act as if patrons are lucky to be able to come to their event, but "inclusion is a big thing for us."

The weekend will conclude with the Tour d'Elegance on Sunday, a 75-mile drive through the countryside featuring historical and cultural sites of Central Kentucky.

Sam Osborne: (859) 231-3308. Twitter: @samo430.

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