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Concours d'Elegance is the glamour event of the Porsche club. In plain English, this French term means beauty show or elegant gathering and that's exactly what it is. Porsches of every vintage and model are judged for their cleanliness and perfection.

 

Cars are judged in different categories. The classifications are designed to accommodate various levels of commitment (both of time and finances), car usage, age, and originality. As a beginner you can enter your daily driver and learn a great deal about the history of that model and year while making it gleam like it hasn't since leaving the showroom. If you want to take it a little more seriously then there are categories in which the originality of the car is considered as well as every tiny nook and cranny of the undercarriage.

 

Cars are judged by teams of experts. As your car is examined you will be asked to open everything from the glove box to the spare tire well. The judges will also ask questions about the originality of the car, repairs that may have been made, and other details that strike their fancy. You will learn an incredible amount about your particular car. Over the years the Porsche factory produced many unique cars due to its heavy reliance on hand assembly and willingness to accommodate the requests of its customers, so the complexity of Porsche judging is remarkable and educational.

 

Unlike most club events, in which enjoyment is achieved nearly exclusively through participation, concours appeals very much to spectators as well as participants. This is the best opportunity to see a varied collection of pristine Porsches in one place and learn a great deal about them from owners and experts. There are always fascinating history lessons and stories to be heard at a concours. Ask Paul Risinger about the background of his and Shirley's Parade-winning 911S some time!

 

Never forget that the s in concours is silent and the e in Porsche is not!

 

Questions? Contact Dennis Rood, PNWR Concours Chair at Concours@pnwr.org.

4 Runs + Fun

Each driver gets four runs, competing for time against the other drivers in their class. Following competition, drivers may be allowed additional fun runs, time permitting.

Time v Time

Classes are determined by vehicular performance potential and level of modification. Classes are open and women's. There are a number of women that compete in the open classes against the men.<

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Concours > Classification

There are different levels or classes in Concours. The classifications are designed to accommodate various levels of commitment (both of time and finances), car usage, age, and originality. As a beginner you can enter your daily driver and learn a great deal about the history of that model and year while making it gleam like it hasn't since leaving the showroom. If you want to take it a little more seriously then there are categories in which the originality of the car is considered as well as every tiny nook and cranny of the undercarriage. 

Following the PCA Parade Competition Rules, there are three Concours classifications, Preservation, Restoration and Preparation. Entrants in the Preparation Groups are judged in three designations:

  • Full are judged exterior, interior, engine, storage compartments and undercarriage;
  • Touring are judged exterior, interior, engine and storage compartments; undercarriage (chassis front/rear) is not judged
  • Street are judged exterior and interior only (chassis front/rear, engine and storage compartments are not judged)

The Restoration Group is full only - all components are judged including the undercarriage. The Preservation Group is full only - all components are judged including the undercarriage.

 

You can find details of each class by going to PCA.org and doing a search on "PCR".

 

Full concours is for the more serious competitors. "Full" means every aspect of your car will be examined: interior, exterior, trunk, engine, and under chassis - front and rear. They'll look at everything from your spare tools to the jack. Nothing will go untouched. On the other end of the spectrum is the "Display Only" category for those that simply want to participate in the car show. The cars are there just to be displayed and are not usually eligible for any trophies.

In addition to Preparation and Display-Only, other Concours judging categories may also include: Touring, Street, Preservation, Restoration Top-Only or Serious, Closed, People's Choice, and Judge's Choice. Classes for PNWR Concours events typically include Touring, Full, Preservation and Performance. Our Show 'n Shine events, such as the Annual Picnic and the XXX Drive-In Social are far more casual, and awards include judges' and people's choice. 

Concours > Tips

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Concours Clinic - Restoration Clinic - Restoration Clinic Notes
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Concours Clinic - Tech Session - Tech Session by Paul Risinger
  - Paul Risinger presents tech session on Concours and the preparation for the driving season.

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Concours > General

Who: Open to all club members' Porsches. Also open to those who just want to come and look at the beautiful, clean machines. There are several classes which include just about every stage of preparation and model of Porsche, from totally factory original to highly modified. There is also a category for "wash and shine" for those who do not want to get into the complete concours category.

 

Where: Event notice is given on the Event Calendar and in the print Spiel. Events are held in public parks, private yards, or such places as Carillon Point or Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery grounds. The largest of all Porsche concours is at the Porsche Parade, which is a PCA national event that is held at a different location each year.

 

When: Events usually begin with car placement in the morning, usually about 8 to 9 a.m. Judging follows this in a timely manner so that participants can enjoy lunch and the awards ceremony following the judging. Requirements: A clean Porsche.

 

Fees: There is usually just a nominal fee for local concours events to cover a light lunch. Sign-up fee for the All-Porsche Grand Display is part of the donation made to charity. In the case of Whistler Weekend and the Parade, entry into the concours is included with the registration.


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