2017 La Jolla Concours dÉlegance

2017 edition of the La Jolla Concours dÉlegance.

Packard was the featured marque this year and the featured car was General Lyons' 1934 Packard Runabout Speedster in a vibrant shade of blue. Try to imagine being wealthy enough to own such a car as the world was still feeling the effects of the Great Depression.

The Best of Show winner was the 1921 Duesenberg A Dual-Cowl Phaeton entered by Ron and Sandy Hansen, resplendent in yellow. The best prewar winner was Valerie and Aaron Weiss' 1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A, fresh from its class win at Amelia Island. The top prize of the postwar cars and winner of the Ferrari class was the 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica entered by Donnie Crevier and Larry Alderson.

I had several personal favorites that stood out in the great field, two of note were the 1948 Packard 2270 limousine entered by Richard Walworth which featured ramp-up wheel chair access. My second favorite was the 1966 Peugeot 404 coupe owned by Greg and Margie Millard that took second place in the Pininfarina-bodied class, beating several Italian exotics.

Two Porsches caught my eye, the first being a highly original 1951 Porsche Pre-A coupe owned by Wayne and Nancy Baker. The other was not part of the concours iteself, rather it was a full-electric powered 1973 Porsche 911 Targa displayed by local San Diego firm Zelectric.

My favorite photo? A little girl playing with the sign in front of Skeets Dunn's 1951 Alfa Romeo 1900 coupe.

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All photos copyright 2017 by Richard Truesdell except for the overhead drone photos, copyright 2017 by Michael and Kate Photography, all rights reserved and can't be used without prior permission.

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