Sunny skies welcomed vehicles from all over the country to Ironstone Vineyards outside Murphys Saturday for the 20th annual Concours d’Elegance. Staged by the Ironstone Concours Foundation, the event support 4-H and
FFA programs and the California State Fair Scholarship Fund. The foundation has donated more than $500,000 over the years to ag-related youth programs.
Car enthusiasts and 4-H and FFA members mingled throughout the day, with most of the youths volunteering in various capacities at the
event. Some of the kids conducted demonstrations and others staffed booths where guests learned about the kids’ projects.
The car show featured acres of antique and classic cars, racecars, motorcycles, campers and trailers and other unusual vehicles.
Anthony Martinis of Sacramento was at the show with his 1950 Allard J2 Special racecar. Having traveled all over California over the past few months attending car shows with his one-of-a-kind ride, Martinis expressed special appreciation for the Calaveras County event, even going so far as to compare it to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the event that inspired the Calaveras event.
“Monterey is for the wallet,” Martinis said. “This show is all about the cars.”
When all was said and done, the judges awarded a 1931 Duesenberg that was original and perfectly maintained with the Best of Show award. The car is owned by Rob and Jeannie Hilarides of Visalia.