33rd Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance is June 2 & 3

The Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance returns to the lawns of Huntington Beach Central Park for its 33rd annual event, June 3, 9 to 4 p.m. The day before, June 2, the annual Rod & Custom Show, takes place 9 to 2 a.m. in the same location, 7111 Talbert, adjacent to the Huntington Beach Public Library & Cultural Resource Center, at Goldenwest.

This year, approximately 4,000 car fans are anticipated. The Rod & Customs show is planning for 80 to 100 cars and the Concours 350 to 400. In addition, 70 to 80 motorcycles are expected to appear.

The Concours will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Corvette, the 100th of Chevrolet trucks, the 50th anniversary of BMW’s 2002 series and Triumph motorcycles. Dean Kunz, local KABC-TV auto specialist, will be the grand marshal. Mothers Polishes, Waxes and Cleaners is the official sponsor, as it has been for almost 30 years.

1939 Ford. Photo credits John Walcek and George Garrett

In 1986, Bart McGrath began the concours to feature all automotive makes. “The venue is a beautiful setting on grass, with some trees interspersed throughout, and it’s located near airports, hotels and restaurants to accommodate our out-of-town visitors,” says the advertising manager for both events, Bob Valeski.

For the Concours, there are 11 major classes with 95 sub-classes. A Best of Show is awarded, which last year went to a 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Convertible, owned by Donnie Crevier.

The Sunday event features live entertainment, operating model train layout, activities for the children and a VIP luncheon.

1942 Ford Woody. Photo credits John Walcek and George Garrett

The Rod & Custom Show has three major classes with 25 sub-classes. A Best of Show is also given. Last year’s winner was a 1929 Ford Roadster. Winners of the classes in the show are invited to display their cars the next day at the concours at no charge for entry.

Net proceeds go directly to the Children’s Resource Center of the Huntington Beach Library, in Huntington Beach California, which provides library and learning services to all children, normal, gifted or disabled. Funds support a book, periodical and resource collection, computers, a state-of-the-art children’s theater, study labs, facilities infrastructure and staff to help children. More than $1 million has been raised in three decades by the Concours.

For event tickets and to register a vehicle for the Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Huntington Beach Rod & Custom Show, visit www.hbconcours.com, hbrodandcustom.com or call 714.377.6377.

1953 Buick. Photo credits John Walcek and George Garrett