Create Lasting Memories at Des Moines Concours d’Elegance – September 10, 2023: A Celebration of Automotive Artistry and Philanthropy
Are you ready for an exquisite showcase of automotive history and design? The highly anticipated Des Moines Concours d’Elegance is just around the corner, set to take place on September 10, 2023. This premier event will transform the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines into a breathtaking display of vintage and classic motor vehicles, highlighting the artistic evolution and remarkable innovations that have shaped the automotive industry over the years.
A Showcase of Classic Elegance
The Des Moines Concours d’Elegance is more than just an exhibition; it’s an immersive experience that invites you to step back in time and witness the automotive world’s evolution. With a meticulously curated collection of 12 classes of vehicles, ranging from Antiques to Rivieras, Corvettes to Nash Metropolitans, the event offers a visual journey through the ages. Each class represents a unique era, celebrating the craftsmanship, ingenuity, and passion of the designers and engineers who crafted these automotive marvels.
A Revved-Up Event for All
This year, the Des Moines Concours promises even more to see for attendees of all ages. Among the highlights, you’ll find a captivating photo booth featuring a Model T, a thrilling radio-controlled car racetrack, and a selection of exciting activities for the entire family. It’s not just an exhibition; it’s a celebration that brings people together to share their enthusiasm for classic automobiles and automotive heritage. Heather Lee, LAZER 103.3 On Air Talent and a respected Guest Judge at the 2022 Des Moines Concours d’Elegance, will be in attendance this year.
Driven By Heart
Beyond the awe-inspiring collection of vehicles, the 2023 Des Moines Concours d’Elegance holds a deeper purpose. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Children’s Cancer Connection (CCC), an organization dedicated to supporting Iowa families impacted by childhood cancer. Through generous fundraising and donor efforts, CCC provides educational resources, support outings, camp programs, events and other outreach to more than 760 Iowa families at no cost to them. By attending and participating in this event you’re contributing to a cause that truly matters.
A Weekend of Extravaganza
The Des Moines Concours d’Elegance isn’t just a single-day affair; it’s a weekend-long celebration of automotive culture and community. Mark your calendars for September 8th, 9th, and 10th, and get ready for a series of captivating events:
- Friday, September 8th: Kick off the festivities with the 2nd Annual Des Moines Concours Charity Gala at the elegant Stine Barn in West Des Moines. The evening promises quality entertainment from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, offering a fantastic way to start the weekend.
- Saturday, September 9th: Embark on the 17th Annual Heartland Driving Tour at 7:30 am, a nostalgic journey through Iowa’s historic highways and charming towns. Later in the day, the Sponsor & Exhibitor Cars & Cocktails Reception will provide an exclusive opportunity to engage with fellow enthusiasts.
- Sunday, September 10th: The grand finale arrives with the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance at the Pappjohn Sculpture Park. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., witness over 150 meticulously restored cars, explore a lively midway featuring food and merchandise vendors, and engage in family-friendly activities like the radio-controlled car race track and a captivating photo booth.
Shift Into Gear and Join the Celebration
Whether you’re a dedicated automotive enthusiast, a casual admirer of timeless design, or a family looking for an exciting day out, the 2023 Des Moines Concours d’Elegance offers something for everyone. With free admission and the opportunity to make a difference through donations, there’s no reason not to be a part of this remarkable event.
For more information, schedule details, and to stay updated with the latest news, visit the official website at https://desmoinesconcours.com/. You can also follow the event’s journey on Facebook at www.facebook.com/desmoinesconcours. Your attendance at the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance isn’t just an event—it’s an experience that celebrates art, innovation, and community while making a meaningful impact on the lives of children and families through the Children’s Cancer Connection.
Daryl Metzger serves on the Board of Trustees for the Iowa Automotive Heritage Foundation. Born and raised in the Des Moines area, Daryl attended Urbandale Schools (K-12) and holds a degree in Architecture from Iowa State University. Now retired, he practiced architecture in Des Moines for 44 years. Favorite projects include Reiman Gardens, ISU, DM downtown YMCA and Pool, Josephs Jewelry and recently completed Haviland Residence. An avid “Car Guy” and photographer, he has enjoyed capturing images at many of the great tracks and car venues across America and Europe.