Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance

The Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance announced that their 2nd annual event will be held at the historic O’Donnell Golf Club in Palm Springs, California on Sunday, March 1, 2009.

“We believe our partnership with the O’Donnell Golf Club is ideal,” said Paul Merrigan, event founder and organizer. “The picturesque green in downtown Palm Springs is the perfect location for the beautiful, true classic automobiles that will be gathered for this rare display.”

The collection of more than 100 domestic and foreign museum-quality cars is expected to draw more than 7,500 spectators from around the world. Awards will be presented to at least 30 automobiles in 14 categories.

As the excitement builds for next year’s premier exhibition, which promises to surpass last year’s level of excellence, the Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance is seeking sponsoring partners. Various levels of partnerships are available. Each comes with distinct benefits including on-site presence, promotional opportunities, advertising, tickets to the Concours and other VIP functions and more. The inaugural event gained both national and international attention, and organizers expect the same this year for the event and its partners. This is an extraordinary opportunity for businesses to connect with car aficionados, visitors and Valley locals.

The featured marque of the 2009 Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance is Alfa Romeo, with early participants from the Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club, Ferrari Owners’ Club and Porsche Owners’ Club. In addition, as a special tribute to the late Robert Pond, co-founder of the Palm Springs Air Museum, noted aviator and car collector, an array of his most noteworthy automobiles will join this year’s Concours, some on public display for the very first time. Also planned for this year’s Concours, which will again focus greatly on premier racing cars, is a selection of Dan Gurney’s winning Eagles.

Concours tickets are $30 at the gate or $25 by advanced order. Children under 10, seniors over 80 and active duty/reserve military are free. For information or to reserve tickets call (760) 766-2824 or visit:

Click here to see 2008 Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance results and photo gallery.

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  1. Hi: you should update your info on the Desert classic concours. It was relocated to the La Quinta Resort & Spa golf course last year, & will be repeated there again Late February. Best regards Harry Hart