Tickets now on sale for the January 2017 Arizona Concours d’Elegance

Bugatti Atlantic (photo by Scott Dames)

Bugatti Atlantic (photo by Scott Dames)

Tickets for the 2017 Arizona Concours d’Elegance are now on sale, and spectators are urged to purchase them in advance or risk missing out, after years of the event selling out.

The Arizona Concours is held on the landscaped inner lawns of the historic Arizona Biltmore resort, which adds its Art Deco backdrop to the array of exceptional classic automobiles.

These confines add an intimacy to the display, but it also limits the number of tickets that can be sold, according to a press release.

The Arizona Biltmore is at 2400 E. Missouri Ave. in Phoenix.

Tickets are expected to sell out, as they have in years past, for the fourth-annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance.

A 2015 award winner (submitted photo)

A 2015 award winner (submitted photo)

The Concours will be held Sunday, Jan. 15, to once again lead off the Scottsdale/Phoenix area’s annual Classic Car Week of numerous collector car auctions, parties and events.

Tickets are available on the website for $80 each in advance, or $100 at the door (while they last).  Children 12 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a ticket holder.

A selection of more than 90 vintage motorcars have been chosen for the Concours, including one of the rarest and most valuable cars in the world, the magnificent 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic coupe from the Mullin Automotive Museum, the release stated.

The Bugatti with its distinctive riveted body will be shown in this year’s featured class, The Cars of Ettore and Jean Bugatti.

Two other featured classes will join the Concours’ standing classes for the judging competition: Coachwork by Vignale, displaying cars designed by this iconic Italian carrozzeria, and Lincolns of the Classic Era, showing pre-war motorcars from the American luxury brand that celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017.

The weekend begins with three special panel discussions: the Phoenix Automotive Press Association Auction Week Preview; “Legends: Pioneer Women in Racing” featuring veteran drivers and a selection of their race cars on display; and “Driven: The Passion Driving Race Team Owners,” with such featured guests as Chip Ganassi and Bobby Rahal.

Tickets for the panel discussions are priced at $60, which allows entry to all three panels taking place in the Grand Ballroom of the Arizona Biltmore.

Net proceeds from the nationally recognized Arizona Concours, as well as generous donations from participants and spectators, will benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the international organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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