33 Years of Hot Rods, Rats, Customs and More at the Huntington Beach Concours d’Eleganc
Started over 30 years ago, the Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance has become one of my favorite events to attend in the Southern California region. Nestled on the picturesque lawns of Huntington Central Park the two day long event regularly brings in well over 400 cars in over 120 different classes.
Saturday’s (June 3rd 2017) theme is “Rods, Customs and Rats in the Park” which features, go figure, Hot Rods, Rat Rods and other custom rides from all over the local area. While Sunday (June 4th) offers more Concours-type cars beautifully restored to their original state, just like they were right off the factory floor. Anything from Model T’s and Mustangs to Resto-Mods and vintage bikes are on display all weekend.
The featured marque was Lincoln (it’s the 100th anniversary for the manufacturer this year) and Bentley for the cars, Ducati and Nimbus for the motorcycles. Both days offer a good mix of all different styles of car culture with things to keep the kids entertained as well.
This year’s event is just around the corner. We’ll see you there!
Both days offer a good mix of all different styles…
2016 HBC Special Award Winners
(complete list of class winners is available on DriveOnline.com)
Best Interior (Concours) – Jay Ataka – 1972 Datsun 240Z Sport
Best Paint (Concours) – Delco Hagan – 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible
People’s Choice (Concours Motorcycle) – Rodger Rhinehart – 2014 Indian Chief Vintage
People’s Choice (Concours Auto) – Bob Wilson – 1940 Packard 1806
Al Halloway Memorial Trophy – Aggie Agajanian – 1963 Plymouth Belvedere
Best Of Show (Concours Motorcycle) – Calin Seniac – 2002 Moto Guzzi Schweibn
Best Of Show (Concours Auto) – Gary Marchetti – 1931 Nash 887
Best Engine (Custom) – Bill Freelin – 1965 Chevy Chevelle
Best Interior (Custom) – Mickey Christiason – 1957 Chevy Nomad
Best Paint (Custom) – Mark Emerald – 1968 VW Karman Ghia
Peoples Choice (Custom) – Stan Fuller – 1952 Willy’s Overland & Trailer
Best Of Show (Custom) – Alex Lee Shakas – 1932 Ford T-Bucket
THIS YEAR: June 3-4
Huntington Beach Central Park
7111 Talbert, Huntington Beach CA
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the July 2017 print issue of the Drive Magazine.