d'Elegance is the glamour event of the Porsche club. In plain English
this French term means beauty show or elegant gathering and
that's exactly what it is. Porsches of every vintage and model are judged for
their cleanliness and perfection.
Cars are judged in different categories. The classifications are designed to
accommodate various levels of commitment (both of time and finances), car
usage, age, and originality. As a beginner you can enter your daily driver and
learn a great deal about the history of that model and year while making it
gleam like it hasn't since leaving the showroom. If you want to take it a
little more seriously then there are categories in which the originality of the
car is considered as well as every tiny nook and cranny of the undercarriage.
Cars are judged by teams of experts. As your car is examined you will be asked
to open everything from the glove box to the spare tire well. The judges will
also ask questions about the originality of the car, repairs that may have been
made, and other details that strike their fancy. You will learn an incredible
amount about your particular car. Over the years the Porsche factory produced
many unique cars due to its heavy reliance on hand assembly and willingness to
accommodate the requests of its customers, so the complexity of Porsche judging
is remarkable and educational.
Unlike most club events, in which enjoyment is achieved nearly exclusively
through participation, concours appeals very much to spectators as well as
participants. This is the best opportunity to see a varied collection of
pristine Porsches in one place and learn a great deal about them from owners
and experts. There are always fascinating history lessons and stories to be
heard at a concours. Ask Paul Risinger about the background of his and
Shirley's Parade-winning 911S some time!
Never forget that the s in concours is silent and the e in Porsche