Concours d'Elegance

From the imagination of several La Jolla business owners, who back in 2003 contemplated a means of highlighting La Jolla as a winter haven, spawned an idea to host an outdoor car show at the Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

Some 50 varieties of automobile made the first showing in 2004 under the title of the La Jolla Motor Car Classic. Local collectors joined ranks and the show grew in stature, eventually coming under the wing of the La Jolla Historical Society, which ultimately established a foundation to ensure its growth and preeminence.

Step in Michael Dorvillier, who for the last 8 years has been Chairman of the event, and who upon initially accepting the role, in line with its prestigious success, chose to change the name from the La Jolla Motor Club Classic to its present title, Concours d'Elegance.

Dorvillier contacted Ed Gilbertson at the very start of his taking the helm, and Gilbertson, a 40-year car enthusiast and until 2012 the Chief Judge Emeritus of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance offered his stewardship the first year Dorvillier took rein, These past years have seen the La Jolla Concours grow with much greater numbers in both attendance and automobile entries.

Photography by Tricia Fonseca