The 18th Annual La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is April 19–21

  • story by David M. Brown
  • posted on 03/2024
  • posted in: Newswire

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, presented by LPL Financial, will hold its 18th event the weekend of Friday, April 19, Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, 2024. This year the Concours will celebrate the “Roaring 20s and the Glamorous 30s,” with 170-plus meticulously restored automobiles and commemorative art by Concours artist Scott Jacobs.

The two focal automotive events take place on Sunday, both beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 4 p.m.: the ticketed La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, in Ellen Browning Scripps Park, and the free La Jolla Motor Car Classic at the Concours, on streets adjacent to the park.

Preceding the shows is the Friday Night VIP Party, 6–10 p.m. in the park. On Saturday morning, The La Jolla Tour d’Elegance, 7 a.m.–2 p.m., follows a route around scenic northern San Diego County. And, later in the day, 5–9 p.m., Porsches on Prospect is scheduled at Prospect Street.


On Sunday, the Concours will celebrate the opulence, sophistication, innovation, luxury, and automotive craftsmanship of classics such as Bugatti, Duesenberg, Packard, Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

Jacobs, well known for his photorealistic paintings of motorcycles and automobiles, has portrayed Aaron Weiss’s 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III for the program cover, posters, programs, tickets and banners.

The cars will be judged in 16 categories by internationally known judges. Among other classics to appear (and their collections):


•1930 Ruxton (The Nethercutt Museum) — Of the 96 produced, fewer than 20 exist;

•1932 Chrysler CP8 (Robert Schlesier) — Only five of the original 251 survive; this one shows at the La Jolla Concours after extensive restoration;

•1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III V-12 (Thrupp & Maberly) — Commissioned by Sir Kameshwar, Maharajah of Bahadur, it thrilled the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours audience; and an


•Aston Martin DB5 — The model starred in the James Bond film, “Goldfinger.”

Michael Dorvillier, event chairman for 11 years, says, “This year, the Concours is a tribute to the marques that symbolized the pinnacle of automotive elegance and engineering in the 1920s and 1930s. The cars from this era showcase the craftsmanship and groundbreaking designs that defined these two decades.”

The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance will honor Merle Mullin, who will receive the “Automotive Legacy Award” on behalf of her late husband, Peter Mullin.  And, Bruce Meyer will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his many automotive contributions.


Proceeds will benefit the La Jolla Historical Society, which preserves the rich history of the area, and other local nonprofits.

“The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is set to captivate enthusiasts and aficionados alike,” says Robert. F. Kerner, co-chairman of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. “Get ready to be immersed in a world of luxury, beauty and automotive history.”

For more information, to enter your car for either event, to obtain a registration form or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 619.233.5008.