Racing Legend Andy Granatelli Named Grand Marshal of 2010 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance
Rancho Palos Verdes -- April 6, 2010 -- Automobile racing legend Andy Granatelli will be the Grand Marshal of the 18th annual Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance to be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes on Sunday, September 19, 2010.
Concours Chairman Peter Kunoth said, "Andy built and raced the world-famous Indianapolis turbine engine cars in 1967 and 1968, and his race cars won the Indianapolis 500 twice. His business accomplishments are still talked about in financial circles. He took an unknown company called Chemical Compounds, changed its name to STP, and in nine years it zoomed from seven to over 2,000 employees. He made STP a household word."
The Concours will have a decidedly Germanic feel this year, according to Kunoth. The overall theme will be "German Fest," with Mercedes Benz as the featured marque. The Concours' 23 classes will include four classes of Mercedes Benz, two of Porsche, two of BMW, one each of Borgward and Volkswagen plus German race cars and motor cycles. American and European classics and unique race cars will round out the competitive classes.
The 2010 Road Rallye d' Epicure will be held on Saturday, September 18, beginning at Trump National and ending at the Edelbrock Automotive Museum in Torrance. It will feature a treasure hunt whose theme will be The Pirates of PV, according to Rallye Chairman Greg Sparkman. Unlike in previous years, the Road Rallye will be an afternoon event, beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 5. The Grand Marshal reception and silent auction will follow at the Edelbrock Museum from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Concours' Restoration Alley, where craftsmen demonstrate the art of restoring valuable automobiles, will also be dubbed Wiederherstellungsallee and catering will include German food, beer and wine.
The Concours' revamped web site - www.pvconcours.com -- posts applications for exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and media credentials. Tickets will be able to be purchased via the site. To register automobiles for consideration for the 2010 show or to inquire about sponsorship and vendor opportunities, contact Andi Lingman at firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. 866-522-7746.
Proceeds will benefit the community and outreach programs of the Palos Verdes Art Center and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Foundation. The Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance is a 501 (c) (3) tax-deductible nonprofit charity.