• Rev it UP for the Motorcycle Class

    Motorcycles are a frequent class at the Des Moines Concours, and one that attracts a lot of attention. Whether this is due to their affordability, fun factor, or the memories they evoke, motorcycles and automobiles have a long history of sharing technology and even parts. Many of the microcars of the 50’s and 60’s used Read More

  • Historic Highways and The Albaugh Collection

    2024 Heartland Driving Tour Saturday, September 7th Travel the Lincoln and Jefferson Highways and Stroll Through Iowa’s Premier Car Collection For 2024, the Heartland Driving Tour sets out east of Des Moines on a journey to explore three historic highways that connected Iowa to the rest of the nation. The Tour will take you back Read More

  • Volkswagens at the Des Moines Concours

    Discover the History and Charm of Volkswagen at the 2024 Des Moines Concours We are excited to announce that this year’s Des Moines Concours will feature a special class dedicated to celebrating the history of air-cooled Volkswagens in America, spanning the years from 1949 to 1981. This unique class will include air-cooled examples from Volkswagen’s Read More

  • Celebrating American Station Wagons at the Concours

    We are extremely excited to include a special class in the Concours d’Elegance this year for American Station Wagons. If you were raised in the USA in any decade prior to the 1990s, there’s a good chance you have memories of riding in the back of a wagon, perhaps on a family vacation or maybe Read More

  • The Antiques Class Goes Full Steam Ahead

    The Antiques Class encompasses vehicles manufactured from the 1800s through 1927 when the last Ford Model T was produced.  During those pioneering years, thousands of blacksmiths, buggy-makers, and backyard builders joined forces with manufacturing moguls. All shared one common goal – to replace 4-hooved horses with 4-wheeled horsepower. Each of these pioneers was eager to Read More

  • Classics Class – What You Need to Know

    The Des Moines Concours uses the Classic Car Club of America’s definition of a Full Classic as a “Fine” or “Distinctive” automobile. It may be either American or foreign built, produced only between 1915 and 1948. A number of factors come into play but, generally, a Classic was a high-priced, top-end vehicle when new, and was built in limited quantities. No Read More

  • Registration Open for 2024 Des Moines Concours

    Mark Your Calendars for our Events September 6th through 8th It’s time to submit your registration for the 2024 Des Moines Concours. Our main Concours event takes place on Sunday, September 8th from 10 am to 4 pm, capping off a weekend of activities. This year’s classes include our Annual Classes and three Special Classes: Annual Read More

  • 2023 Des Moines Concours Program Available

    The 2023 Des Moines Concours was a huge success! The downloadable program shares photos and stories about all of the exhibitors, including each of the class winners and Best of Show. Children’s Cancer Connection winners are also featured in the program, along with our Star Cars and generous sponsors. The 44-page program can be downloaded Read More

  • 2023 Concours Highlights and Winners

    Record-Breaking Turnout and Event Highlights Mark the 2023 Des Moines Concours d’Elegance The 2023 Des Moines Concours d’Elegance, held on September 10, 2023, attracted a record-breaking turnout of over 20,000 attendees to the heart of downtown Des Moines. This year’s event was “A Celebration of the Art & Design of the Automobile,” and proudly marked Read More

  • There’s something for everyone at the Des Moines Concours!

    Here’s what you can expect on Sunday, September 10th: Enjoy the closed down streets and wide-open grassy areas at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park with your family and friends Twelve different classes of cars & motorcycles will be on display. The exhibitors will be ready to share their personal stories and history of their vehicles Celebrating Read More