Funds raised from the one-day event will support The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and research to deliver care and support to children and families who struggle with medical complexities associated with rare genetic diagnoses.
The 1963 Grand Sport Corvette, driven by George Wintersteen, and residing at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. (Michael Furman photo)
PHILADELPHIA – (May 6, 2021) – The Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance, the premier concours event in the City of Brotherly Love, returns on July 17, 2021, to celebrate Corvette – “America’s Sports Car.” Last year’s two-day event was cancelled due to the pandemic and this fourth "annual" event has been rescheduled as a one-day program.
All current State guidelines for pandemic restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of all participants and attendees.
The nonprofit Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. (CCfK) will stage a classic car “competition of elegance” at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, which in 2019 was voted the “No. 1 Car Collection in the World” by The Classic Car Trust.
The event benefits the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in providing help and hope to children with rare genetic diagnoses and their families, and to support research that will identify the best possible treatments.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating America’s most iconic sports car with such a rich racing history at this year’s Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance,” said Michael Tillson III, president and director of Cool Cars for Kids, and one of the country’s most highly regarded authorities on classic and sports automobiles. “Attendees of the Concours will not only have a chance to get an up-close look of many historic and legendary examples of the Corvette’s heritage, but also see other classic cars from the Simeone Collection.”
The 2021 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance will showcase an invitation-only assembly of Corvettes and other American and European classic and historic automobiles and race cars. The day-long fundraising event includes professional judging and awards presented for historical accuracy, technical merit, and style. The popular Hagerty Youth Judging program will also be implemented. This year’s classes are: Pre-War, Post-War, Open, Closed, Sports, Muscle and Kids Choice.
The day will also include family-friendly activities; celebrity guests, among whom will be Super Bowl-winning Coach Dick Vermeil; a Car Corral open for local car enthusiasts to exhibit their classic cars; food and specialty vendors; and access to the Simeone Museum.
Special events will include a panel discussion among past Corvette racers, along with select current owners of iconic Corvettes and others whose connection with Corvettes goes deep. A Rally Across America tour in the morning to the Simeone Museum is also planned.
Corvette racing stars on the panel include Tony DeLorenzo, who raced the Owens-Corning L88 Corvettes in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and George Wintersteen, who successfully campaigned the #002 Corvette Grand Sport Roadster in 1966. This car resides in the Simeone Museum. Historian Harry Hurst will M.C. the discussion, and additional panelists will be announced soon.
Premier Concours Entries:
Classic car collectors from throughout North America are invited to submit their entries for the 2021 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance at https://www.philadelphiaconcours.com/concours-page.
Car Corral Registration:
Classic car enthusiasts and owners are invited to participate in this year’s Car Corral to be held on the grounds of the Simeone Museum. Individual Space, $50 (includes two tickets to the Concours). Go to https://www.philadelphiaconcours.com/corralregistration.
Tickets to the one-day Concours can be purchased by visiting https://www.philadelphiaconcours.com/event-details/4th-annual-philadelphia-concours-delegance-1
Media requesting credentials for the one-day event should go to https://www.philadelphiaconcours.com/media-credentials-form
AT A GLANCE:
WHAT: Fourth Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance
WHEN: Saturday, July 17, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHO: Families, classic car enthusiasts, collectors, racers, one and all
WHERE: Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
6825 Norwitch Dr.
About Cool Cars for Kids:
Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Philadelphia, Pa. that brings together families of children with genetic conditions and classic car enthusiasts who share a common passion and appreciation for the one-of-a-kind. Funds raised from this unique partnership will directly forward its mission by supporting local and national charities – including The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia – to deliver care and support to children and families who struggle with the medical complexities associated with rare diagnoses. www.coolcarsforkids.org.