The concours, which was to be held in conjunction with the auction house, was cancelled by its presenter, Scuderia Southwest, which also produces the annual Concours in the Hills 500-car show in nearby Fountain Hills, AZ, along with the monthly Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering, now a 600-cars & coffee conclave.
Scottsdale, AZ — The inaugural Concorso Arizona scheduled to take place Saturday Jan. 13 as the kickoff to Arizona Car Week has been postponed for 2018, but will presumably debut at Salt River Fields here in January 2019. The event, which aimed to fill the vacuum left by the shutdown of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance at the Arizona Biltmore resort after its four-year run, was to feature 23 classes of classics, sports, muscle, hot rods and exotics at the spring training baseball facility that’s also the site of Russo and Steele’s annual collector car auction.
Scuderia Southwest spokesman Peter Volny explained the all-volunteer Scuderia attempted to absorb the new concours into their busy repertoire, “but we got out of the gate late … and ran out of time and resources” to pull the event together.
The partnering sponsor, Russo and Steele CEO Drew Alcazar noted in a statement, “Our staff, sponsors and event partners devoted an enormous amount of time, energy, operational support and resources in contributing to the initial launch of the Concorso Arizona brand … We are extremely disappointed in Scuderia Southwest’s decison to not move forward … as it leaves 2018’s Arizona Car Week without a premier, internationally recognized Concours event. We certainly wish Scuderia Southwest the best and hope they can regroup, restructure and then fully execute for the 2019 season.”
In addition to classes for Ferrari, Shelby, Porsche, Corvette, Mercedes, Prewar and Preservation, the interesting schedule also included Vintage Competition, Vintage Motorcycles, Totally ‘80s, 1950s Fins, British Invasion, Japanese Marques, Ultra Muscle, WMD’s and Lunatic Fringe (i.e. Renault Turbo, Ford RS200 etc.).
The concours was planned to benefit local charity Phoenix Children’s Hospital.