Arizona’s Concours in the Hills, founded in 2014 by respected automotive aficionado Peter Volny, is the premier gathering of luxury automotive enthusiasts in the Desert Southwest. Following the tremendous success of the annual event over the past few years, the 2019 Concours in the Hills looks to once again break previous records and set new milestones with 800+ vehicles expected to be on display. This year’s event will be strategically staged across the beautiful rolling terrain of the esteemed Fountain Hills area. Unbeknownst to many, Phoenix and its neighboring city of Scottsdale make up a region brimming with luxury and exotic vehicles. It’s only natural, then, that an event of the Concours’s caliber finally found its place among the affluent automobile auctions and custom car shows interwoven into the fiber of Arizona’s buzzing automotive scene.
Now entering its sixth year and presented by Scuderia Southwest (the largest car club in Arizona and host of the area’s monthly “Cars & Coffee” gathering), Concours in the Hills has already earned a stellar reputation and is often considered one of the absolute best automotive events in the state. Similar to the originating concept behind the famed Concours d’Elegance in sunny Pebble Beach, Concours in the Hills stands alone as the only car gathering in the state to be held on grass. This format provides a unique opportunity for those looking to display their beloved vehicle to spectators, while also helping ensure that only the appropriate authorized vehicles and personnel have access to the lake and fountain area where dozens of the world’s finest vehicles are carefully positioned for the show.
More than 80 sponsors will participate in the 2019 event, with three new sections of the show dedicated specifically to race cars, genuine Shelby vehicles, and an area reserved exclusively for Ford GTs. As in the past, the Concours will also feature a handful of historic helicopters (thanks to the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation), each with its respective automotive counterparts (i.e., Cobras, Vipers, etc.) gracefully on display nearby. This year’s guests can also expect one confirmed entry valued at more than ten million dollars, making the event a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the rare machine along with hundreds of Arizona’s other most valuable works of automotive art. The event’s one-of-a-kind setting encourages spectators to make their rounds and enjoy all of the vehicles spread throughout the Concours’s extensive show grounds.
In keeping with Concours in the Hills tradition, each year’s show begins with the infamous “Gentlemen and Ladies, Start Your Engines” declaration, delivered by a top-notch group of local race car drivers. Previous starting officials have included motorsports legends such as Sports Car World Champion Bob Bondurant, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, and IndyCar Champion Paul Tracy. When the signal is given, the hundreds of display vehicles simultaneously rev their motors in a reverberating automotive symphony that is certain to be appreciated by visitors fortunate enough to witness the early morning spectacle.
The Concours planning team thoroughly investigated area weather trends and strategically determined that the second weekend in February would be most favorable for sunny skies and dry conditions. This year’s Concours in the Hills event is scheduled to take place on February 9th from 10AM-3PM and admission is free for all spectators. Take a look at the gallery below for a sampling of what to expect at the 2019 Concours in the Hills.