2021 Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance

Location

Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance
5300 W. Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz, FL 33558

Time

6:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Date

Dec 03 - 05 2021

Time

6:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Date

Dec 03 - 05 2021

Location

Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance
5300 W. Lutz Lake Fern Rd., Lutz, FL 33558

About Concours d’Elegance

CELEBRATE 100 YEARS  OF  AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE

The most rare, original, historically important automobiles and motorcycles will be judged  and on display.

​​​This is the only true Concours d’Elegance for Tampa, and the name “Gasparilla” is synonymous with the Tampa Bay area’s most famous social season.

Tampa’s Gasparilla festivities begin in January every year, since 1904, celebrating the legend of the invasion of the city by the fictional (or not!) pirate Jose Gaspar. The mayor of Tampa relinquishes the keys to the city, and we are invaded by a pirate ship filled with hundreds of the cities finest business people and founding families of Tampa, all in the name of fun and charity. The Mardi Gras styled event draws hundreds of thousands of spectators. If you include the many additional events associated with the Gasparilla season, there are millions of participants and spectators involved with Gasparilla. ​

Now we bring you the newest addition to Tampa’s festivities… the Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance.

 

It’s Not Just About The Cars

It’s also about those who benefit from our efforts

Proceeds benefit Friedrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).   ​

It’s about giving them a voice, to be heard, to be understood, to be supported and appreciated.

It’s about introducing a different way to gauge history through these automotive timepieces.

 What you can expect from a proper Concours d’Elegance are the vehicles you would not normally see, and even some cars who have never been shown in public. The goal is to share with the public the timepieces of history that made our country and our culture through the progression of the automotive industry. 

It’s about our Community

Most Concours d’Elegances around the country, and the world, have an exclusivity that prices the average person away from participating or viewing these great classic cars. Pebble Beach Concours tickets vary from $375-$2,500. Amelia Island tickets are $100-$775. We make sure that ticket prices are affordable for the average family, $25 at the gate and less in advance, and even allow free admission for children under 16 with a paying adult. 

 

 

FAQs

  • Is admission included with the VIP Tent Pass? Yes, and 30 minutes early admission as well!
  • Can I register my car at the gate for the Saturday Concours? NO, the Concours on Saturday is invitation only, and you must nominate your vehicle by filling out an application and submitting it to the Selection Committee by the deadline.
  • Can I register my car onsite for the Friday Night “Cars in the Park”? NO, you must have advanced registration to bring your car on the field Friday night. All collectible cars are invited, and there is no fee for the car, just for each person in the car. Registration closes November 1, 2021, and you must have tickets purchased for each occupant of the car at time of registration.
  • Do I receive my tickets by mail or email? No, your payment confirmation is all you need. Your name will be on a list at the main gate.
  • How do we get food on Friday and/or Saturday? There will be food trucks. VIP Tent Pass-holders will have continuous catered food included with their pass.
  • Where are the restrooms located? We will  have a large air conditioned restroom trailer with handicap access located on the field. VIP Tent Pass-holders will have a private air conditioned restroom within their VIP area.
  • Is this event Handicap Accessible? Yes!

 

CAR SHOW VS CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

Both Great…Just Different

We love a good car show! We have attended hundreds and even produced many ourselves. But a Concours d’Elegance is something very different. It is an invitation only event, where the owners of the vehicles must apply to be included in the event. A selection committee evaluates the applications, and chooses the vehicles that best exemplify the criteria. The criteria include an emphasis on originality, the quality of any restorations done, it’s unique and rare qualities, historical importance, and of course the “wow” factor. Concours’ are philanthropic, usually include a 501c3 foundation, and the proceeds benefit charitable organizations. Organizers and Volunteers are not in it to make a profit.

Car shows generally allow anyone willing to pay the registration fee to join in, and that would include hot rods, modified cars, exotic and modern cars, none of which you would see in a Concours. It is simply a different business model. There are instances where a car show promoter will affix a Concours name to their car show to elevate the perception of the event, but without adhering to the standards of a Concours, it is simply misleading to the public.

What you can expect from a proper Concours d’Elegance are the vehicles you would not normally see, and even some cars who have never been shown in public. The goal is to share with the public the timepieces of history that made our country and our culture through the progression of the automotive industry.

We include our fabulous, valuable and interesting hot rods, resto mods, exotics and other great additions to the automotive story by inviting them to participate in the Friday Night “Cars in the Park” Cocktail Party and Charity Auction. This is where you will find a completely different automotive experience, with cars just as rare and unique and wonderful to behold.

Please join us on Friday or Saturday for an exciting weekend of automotive excellence.

 

Scheduled Events

“Cars in the Park” Cocktail Party & Charity Auction
Friday at 6pm-9pm

Enjoy cars from Collectors to Car Clubs who have come to show off their finest cars and motorcycles. A completely different group of vehicles from the Saturday Concours, you will see Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Exotics, Model T’s and A’s, all while supporting our beneficiaries.

The Silent Auction offers automotive and non-automotive items and experiences. There will be great food choices and top shelf cocktails. 

The VIP Tent offers the best seats in the house with private bar, unlimited food,  private restroom, reserved seating. With live entertainment, this is a fun evening! VIP Tent Pass-holders enjoy early entrance at 5:30pm

 

The Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance
Saturday at 9:30am-4pm

The Main Event brings you an elegant day highlighting 100 Years of Automotive Excellence in the most beautiful setting Tampa has to offer. Limited to 100 rare vehicles, applicants nominate their vehicles months in advance in hopes to be invited to participate. Owners proudly display these automotive works of art, often dressing in the period clothes of their cars and motorcycles. 

The Opening Ceremonies will have our Grand Marshal, Mr. Tom duPont escorted on to the field with the centennial featured car. The Color Guard is presented by the Rough Riders, and the National Anthem will be sung by a talented local artist. We conclude the Opening Ceremonies with a vintage plane flyover, and the rest of the afternoon will have a variety of live entertainment. Then the main event, the Concours d’Elegance.

The gates open to the public at 9:30am. VIP Tent Pass Holders will have early entrance opportunities at 9am. VIP Tent includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, private bar, reserved seating,  private restroom, and of course the best seats in the house along the Red Carpet where all Class Award Winners will be photographed.

Awards are uniquely designed by a world class artist, Dominique Martinez. And the “Voice of Concours” around the country, Mr. Ed Lucas, will educate and entertain the audience with the knowledgeable detailed stories of each of the cars and their place in history.

 

“Nickel Tour” of Historic Tampa
10am-1pm The Open Road

A wonderful way to get to see the sights and history of beautiful Tampa.  Modern Cars and Vintage Cars are welcomed to join on the Tour. Fruit and pastries served at the starting point, and a taste of Tampa lunch at the end. Plenty of fun along the way. Open to the public, but please register in advance.

 

General Admission Tickets

Admission Friday Night – $20.00

Admission Saturday Night – $25.00

Admission Friday & Saturday – $42.00

Purchase Tickets

VIP Tickets

VIP Tent Pass – Friday Only – $125.00

VIP Tent Pass – Saturday Only – $150.00

VIP Tent Weekend Pass – Friday & Saturday – $250.00

Purchase Tickets

Other Tickets

Sunday Nickel Tour of Tampa

Club Discount Tickets – Friday Night “Cars in the Park” – 5 Car Minimum – $15.00

Club Discount Tickets – Saturday Concours – 5 Car Minimum – $20.00

Purchase Tickets

 


About Concours d’Elegance

CELEBRATE 100 YEARS  OF  AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE

The most rare, original, historically important automobiles and motorcycles will be judged  and on display.

​​​This is the only true Concours d’Elegance for Tampa, and the name “Gasparilla” is synonymous with the Tampa Bay area’s most famous social season.

Tampa’s Gasparilla festivities begin in January every year, since 1904, celebrating the legend of the invasion of the city by the fictional (or not!) pirate Jose Gaspar. The mayor of Tampa relinquishes the keys to the city, and we are invaded by a pirate ship filled with hundreds of the cities finest business people and founding families of Tampa, all in the name of fun and charity. The Mardi Gras styled event draws hundreds of thousands of spectators. If you include the many additional events associated with the Gasparilla season, there are millions of participants and spectators involved with Gasparilla. ​

Now we bring you the newest addition to Tampa’s festivities… the Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance.

 

It’s Not Just About The Cars

It’s also about those who benefit from our efforts

Proceeds benefit Friedrich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).   ​

It’s about giving them a voice, to be heard, to be understood, to be supported and appreciated.

It’s about introducing a different way to gauge history through these automotive timepieces.

 What you can expect from a proper Concours d’Elegance are the vehicles you would not normally see, and even some cars who have never been shown in public. The goal is to share with the public the timepieces of history that made our country and our culture through the progression of the automotive industry. 

It’s about our Community

Most Concours d’Elegances around the country, and the world, have an exclusivity that prices the average person away from participating or viewing these great classic cars. Pebble Beach Concours tickets vary from $375-$2,500. Amelia Island tickets are $100-$775. We make sure that ticket prices are affordable for the average family, $25 at the gate and less in advance, and even allow free admission for children under 16 with a paying adult. 

 

 

FAQs

  • Is admission included with the VIP Tent Pass? Yes, and 30 minutes early admission as well!
  • Can I register my car at the gate for the Saturday Concours? NO, the Concours on Saturday is invitation only, and you must nominate your vehicle by filling out an application and submitting it to the Selection Committee by the deadline.
  • Can I register my car onsite for the Friday Night “Cars in the Park”? NO, you must have advanced registration to bring your car on the field Friday night. All collectible cars are invited, and there is no fee for the car, just for each person in the car. Registration closes November 1, 2021, and you must have tickets purchased for each occupant of the car at time of registration.
  • Do I receive my tickets by mail or email? No, your payment confirmation is all you need. Your name will be on a list at the main gate.
  • How do we get food on Friday and/or Saturday? There will be food trucks. VIP Tent Pass-holders will have continuous catered food included with their pass.
  • Where are the restrooms located? We will  have a large air conditioned restroom trailer with handicap access located on the field. VIP Tent Pass-holders will have a private air conditioned restroom within their VIP area.
  • Is this event Handicap Accessible? Yes!

 

CAR SHOW VS CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE

Both Great…Just Different

We love a good car show! We have attended hundreds and even produced many ourselves. But a Concours d’Elegance is something very different. It is an invitation only event, where the owners of the vehicles must apply to be included in the event. A selection committee evaluates the applications, and chooses the vehicles that best exemplify the criteria. The criteria include an emphasis on originality, the quality of any restorations done, it’s unique and rare qualities, historical importance, and of course the “wow” factor. Concours’ are philanthropic, usually include a 501c3 foundation, and the proceeds benefit charitable organizations. Organizers and Volunteers are not in it to make a profit.

Car shows generally allow anyone willing to pay the registration fee to join in, and that would include hot rods, modified cars, exotic and modern cars, none of which you would see in a Concours. It is simply a different business model. There are instances where a car show promoter will affix a Concours name to their car show to elevate the perception of the event, but without adhering to the standards of a Concours, it is simply misleading to the public.

What you can expect from a proper Concours d’Elegance are the vehicles you would not normally see, and even some cars who have never been shown in public. The goal is to share with the public the timepieces of history that made our country and our culture through the progression of the automotive industry.

We include our fabulous, valuable and interesting hot rods, resto mods, exotics and other great additions to the automotive story by inviting them to participate in the Friday Night “Cars in the Park” Cocktail Party and Charity Auction. This is where you will find a completely different automotive experience, with cars just as rare and unique and wonderful to behold.

Please join us on Friday or Saturday for an exciting weekend of automotive excellence.

 

Scheduled Events

“Cars in the Park” Cocktail Party & Charity Auction
Friday at 6pm-9pm

Enjoy cars from Collectors to Car Clubs who have come to show off their finest cars and motorcycles. A completely different group of vehicles from the Saturday Concours, you will see Hot Rods, Muscle Cars, Exotics, Model T’s and A’s, all while supporting our beneficiaries.

The Silent Auction offers automotive and non-automotive items and experiences. There will be great food choices and top shelf cocktails. 

The VIP Tent offers the best seats in the house with private bar, unlimited food,  private restroom, reserved seating. With live entertainment, this is a fun evening! VIP Tent Pass-holders enjoy early entrance at 5:30pm

 

The Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance
Saturday at 9:30am-4pm

The Main Event brings you an elegant day highlighting 100 Years of Automotive Excellence in the most beautiful setting Tampa has to offer. Limited to 100 rare vehicles, applicants nominate their vehicles months in advance in hopes to be invited to participate. Owners proudly display these automotive works of art, often dressing in the period clothes of their cars and motorcycles. 

The Opening Ceremonies will have our Grand Marshal, Mr. Tom duPont escorted on to the field with the centennial featured car. The Color Guard is presented by the Rough Riders, and the National Anthem will be sung by a talented local artist. We conclude the Opening Ceremonies with a vintage plane flyover, and the rest of the afternoon will have a variety of live entertainment. Then the main event, the Concours d’Elegance.

The gates open to the public at 9:30am. VIP Tent Pass Holders will have early entrance opportunities at 9am. VIP Tent includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack, private bar, reserved seating,  private restroom, and of course the best seats in the house along the Red Carpet where all Class Award Winners will be photographed.

Awards are uniquely designed by a world class artist, Dominique Martinez. And the “Voice of Concours” around the country, Mr. Ed Lucas, will educate and entertain the audience with the knowledgeable detailed stories of each of the cars and their place in history.

 

“Nickel Tour” of Historic Tampa
10am-1pm The Open Road

A wonderful way to get to see the sights and history of beautiful Tampa.  Modern Cars and Vintage Cars are welcomed to join on the Tour. Fruit and pastries served at the starting point, and a taste of Tampa lunch at the end. Plenty of fun along the way. Open to the public, but please register in advance.

 

General Admission Tickets

Admission Friday Night – $20.00

Admission Saturday Night – $25.00

Admission Friday & Saturday – $42.00

Purchase Tickets

VIP Tickets

VIP Tent Pass – Friday Only – $125.00

VIP Tent Pass – Saturday Only – $150.00

VIP Tent Weekend Pass – Friday & Saturday – $250.00

Purchase Tickets

Other Tickets

Sunday Nickel Tour of Tampa

Club Discount Tickets – Friday Night “Cars in the Park” – 5 Car Minimum – $15.00

Club Discount Tickets – Saturday Concours – 5 Car Minimum – $20.00

Purchase Tickets

 


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