The Des Moines Concours is a premier exhibition of vintage, classic and special interest collectible motor vehicles that celebrates the fine art, design evolution, and amazing innovations of motor vehicles through the years, as well as the talented designers and engineers that created them. The Concours is held in downtown Des Moines on closed streets surrounding the internationally recognized John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park that features 27 works of art by 21 of the world’s most celebrated sculptors. The Des Moines Concours is a free event and open to the public with 2019 attendance exceeding 12,000.
Criteria for vehicle acceptance include authenticity, condition, rarity, design, engineering and innovative features and historical merit. Please note that replicas, reproductions or modified vehicles will not be accepted. The application deadline is August 1st each year. Use the online application below.
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Classes for the 2020 Des Moines Concours include:
- Antiques to 1927 Class – Vehicles produced from the beginning of motor vehicles through 1927
- Early Collectibles 1928-1942 Class – A broad range of non-Classic collectible cars and trucks produced between 1928 and 1942
- Atomic Age Collectibles 1946-1957 Class – Vehicles with post-war styling through the mid-1950s
- Space Age Collectibles 1958-1967 Class – Tailfins, loads of chrome, striking lights, and sleek body designs
- Preservation to 1970 Class – Unaltered survivors with only minor updates like batteries, tires, and belts
- Classics Class – High-priced, low production, finely-designed automobiles produced from 1915 to 1948
- Exotics Class – Speed, power, and sleek, provocative designs make these cars an attraction to everyone
- American Muscle Cars Class – High-performance, rear-wheel drive mid- and full-size models up to 1973
- Motorcycle Class – Mechanical icons that influenced cultures with their design and engineering
- Alfa Romeo 110th Anniversary Class – Automobiles built by the Italian Automobile Company Alfa Romeo
- Chevrolet Corvair 60th Anniversary Class –Chevrolet Corvairs built 1960 to 1969
- Chevrolet Tri-Five 65th Anniversary Class – Chevrolet 150, 210, Bel Air, and Nomad models manufactured between 1955 and 1957
- 4X4 and 4-Wheel Drive Class – Vehicles with a two-axle drivetrain capable of powering all four wheels simultaneously, used on- and off-road
- American Austin 90th Anniversary Class – Motor vehicles from American Austin and Bantam Car Companies
- Fabulous ’50s Fiberglass Sports Car Class – Low-volume production and home-built fiberglass bodied sports cars built built before 1960
- Ford Flathead V8 Class – Manufactured between 1932 and 1953 with original Ford Flathead V8 engines
Due to the postponement of the 2020 Des Moines Concours d’Elegance until 2021, the application form has been closed. Once a date has been determined for the 2021 Concours, we will open up the application again. Thank you for your interest in exhibiting and we look forward to a great event in 2021.
Once the 2021 dates have been finalized, an application form will be posted. Thank you for understanding.