A Concours d'Elegance (a French phrase meaning a competition of elegance,
or literally, "concours of excellence") refers to the gathering of
prestigious cars. Concours, (pronounced: "Con-Kor"), dates back to 17th
century French aristocracy, who paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks
of Paris during summer weekends and holidays. Over time, carriages became
horseless, and the gatherings became a competition among automobile owners
to be judged on the appearance of their automobiles as well as their
A modern Concours d'Elegance is a competitive car show to award recognition
to the owners of automobiles that are best prepared and presented. In
Concours, a wide range of competition exists from simple "wash and shine"
classes to national events where every nut and bolt has been polished on
the undercarriage, being cleaned to better than factory condition.
Usually, Concours participants bring their cars to the judging area with
only final preparation remaining before they are judged. When the judging
commences, a team of four judges will then have 5 minutes to judge specific
areas of the car. They will look for cleanliness, quality of preparation,
lack of damage, and presentation. Vehicles are judged against others of
similar body style and age. There is even a division for racecars!
Below is a brief description of the classes judged in a Peachstate Concours
• Street: (also called "Wash and Shine"): This competition category
involves the judging of the car's interior and exterior only, and is
usually based on "eye appeal". Originality is not a consideration when your
vehicle is being judged - only cleanliness. "Street" is the class for those
interested in showing their cars with some preparation, but not HOURS of
meticulous cleaning. The maximum (best possible) score that can be awarded
in our "Street Class" is 140 points. See Street class divisions
. View actual Street class scoring sheets and criteria
A sub-category within the "Street" area is the "Rookie" class. This is the
class for first-timers to try out Concours and see how they like it.
Judging is limited to the car's interior and exterior only, similar to
"Street" judging and uses "Street" class scoring sheets. Blue, Red, and
White ribbons are awarded based total points scored.
• Touring: (referred to at the National Porsche Parade as the "Tour
Class"): This judging category takes into consideration the interior,
exterior, engine, and storage compartments. The judges look for
cleanliness, quality of preparation, lack of damage, and presentation. In
2018 The "Tour Class" has been divided into 2 groups, Preparation Group I
and Preparation Group II. The Preparation Group I will include all cars
from 356's through 2011 except Boxsters and Caymans. This group will have
Exterior, Interior, Storage, and Engine judged. The maximum (best possible)
score that can be awarded in a Peachstate Concours "Tour Class" Preparation
I is 235 points. The Preparation group II includes all Boxsters, Caymans,
plus Cayennes, Panameras, Macans, and 2012-on 911/s. This group will be
judged on the Exterior, Interior, and Storage areas. The Engine area will
NOT be judged. The maximum (best possible) score that can be awarded in a
Peachstate Concours "Tour Class" Preparation II group is 180 points. See
all "Tour Class" groups
. View actual "Tour Class" scoring sheets and criteria
Even the Concours spectators get involved by casting their vote on their
favorite entry in the People's Choice award. The People's Choice award goes
to the car that is chosen favorite by the people attending the Concours.
For Peachstate members, Concours events are not only a great way to
socialize with other Porsche owners, but they are also a great way to see
some of the most beautiful, best preserved, best maintained Porsches in the
greater Atlanta area. As such, their Porsches are often the most valuable,
as well. Often Concours are held at beautiful, interesting venues, adding
to the overall ambiance.
For Concours competitors, these events serve as a FUN way for like-minded
folks to exchange information, cleaning tips, and more. Our region has a
reputation for competing successfully at the highest levels of Concours
competition and this is in large part due to the experience gained by our
members in competition locally.
For those interested in learning more about Concours, the Peachstate
Concours committee presents an annual Concours School in the Spring before
the first competition. If you want to enter your Porsche in local,
regional, and/or the National Parade Concours, this school will be
invaluable. Check the Master club calendar for this date.
Questions or Volunteering
Even if cleaning your Porsche with a Q-tip isn't exactly your cup of tea,
you can still come out and enjoy seeing the wide variety of Porsches from
the late '50's to present day cars in pristine condition. As with all
Peachstate events, the Concours is 100% volunteer staffed, so volunteers of
any skill level are greatly appreciated.
Contact Concours Chairman, Bob Kuchenbecker here for questions
or offer to help volunteer.