The Santa Fe Concorso, Sept. 23-25 | - September 19, 2011

"Car aficionados from all over the country will gather September 23 -25 for the 2nd annual Santa Fe Concorso"

Car aficionados from all over the country will gather September 23 -25 for the 2nd annual Santa Fe Concorso. The Concorso brings together the most exotic vintage cars ever seen in the City Different.  The event showcases not only the most beautiful and interesting cars imaginable, but the opportunity to meet  racing legends like  Al Unser Sr., Sir Stirling Moss and pioneer of equality for women in racing  Denise Mcluggage.

The Concorso is the brain child of Santa Fe resident Dennis Little assisted by his wife Beverly.  Dennis’s personal love of cars started when he was 10 years old.  “A neighbor, just back from the service brought back a black Volkswagen Beetle and he let me wash, wax and shine it," Dennis says. His affair with the automobile was born with this unique German car.   

Acquiring a BA of Fine Arts and Industrial Design, a specialized degree offered at three schools in the country and the Royal Academy of Design in London, Dennis became involved with General Motors Fisher Body Craftsmen’s Guild Design Contest. This prestigious competition started by General Motors in the 1930’s identified talented people who could design great cars.  "I entered and won high awards," he says. "The focus of my competition was to design a futuristic car and make it.”  His association with the guild led to a job as head of GM’s Cadillac Design Studio.  His vision is to share with Santa Fe the beauty of the automobile, which he views as "a personal extension of your personality.”

Concorso attendees will be transported to La Mesita, a private equestrian estate minutes from the city aboard luxury shuttle buses from Buffalo Thunder Resort. Each bus features a docent onboard to explain to visitors what they will be seeing once they reach the show.

Friday night’s VIP event, exclusively for owners, features an open mike discussion with racing legends Unser Sr., Bobby Allison and the iconic Moss.  If you would like to attend this red carpet event, a limited number of tickets are available to the public.  Saturday the cars will stage at Buffalo Thunder Resort, free to the public. From there, the cars are driven to the Jemez Caldera for an exclusive owner’s party.  

Sunday, judging takes place at La Mesita.  Public viewing of the cars at 10 a.m. and Best in Show and Classes at 12 p.m. What better way to spend the weekend!  The inaugural event last year hosted 1500 people. "This year we hope to double that,” Dennis says.  With the help of an amazing group of car lovers in town including The First Lady of Sports Car Racing and automotive writer Denise McCluggage and Mark Reinwald, director and Curator of the  Ralph Lauren Car Collection, this promises to be a must attend event for The City Different. 

Phil Hill, legendary American racer and the only American-born driver to win The Formula One World Drivers’ Championship, gave Dennis the push he needed to organize the Santa Fe Concorso.  In a conversation with Dennis before he passed away he said "When are you going to bring one of these to Santa Fe?”

As an added bonus, a 1920 Indian Scout Motorcycle that set a world record at the Bonneville Salt Flats will also be displayed.  Judged Best in Class in 2010 at  Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, this impeccably restored classic motorcycle is the subject of the 2005 movie by Roger Donaldson “The World’s Fastest Indian.”  The film will be shown for free at Constellation Home Electronics, located at 215 Guadalupe St., during the Concorso weekend.  

Make the Santa Fe Concorso your destination for September 23-25.  Go to the Santa Fe Concorso website for ticket information.  Events take place at La Mesita, no private cars are allowed, and you must take the shuttles provided from Buffalo Thunder to visit the venue.