What is a Concours d’Elegance?
Concours d’Elegance (a French term meaning a competition of elegance) refers to a gathering of outstanding and prestigious automobiles. Concours d’Elegance (properly pronounced kon-koor del-i-gahns) events began over 100 years ago in the parks of Paris, the Riviera and other elegant towns of Europe. The rich and famous of European society gathered to socialize and celebrate, as unique forms of art, the latest automobiles as well as the latest of women’s fashion and design.
These gatherings were called Concours d’Elegance, which term conjures up romantic visions of beautiful women in haute couture in a park like setting surrounded by sparkling automobiles. The early Concours were leisurely social affairs, where lighthearted competitors were rewarded with rosettes. However, man being the perpetual competitor, these events became more defined as time went on. Today, the judging at a Concours d’Elegance is much more demanding than that of a neighborhood automobile show. Trained judges examine each vehicle thoroughly and in its entirety. They rate each and every component. Only those vehicles that are perfect examples are judged as Concours quality, and are considered eligible for a class trophy.
Where is the Concours being held?
The home of Thomas A. Edison, known as “Glenmont” – America’s first planned community – in Llewellyn Park, West Orange, NJ 07052. View a map of the venue.
Where can I find directions?
Please visit the Edison Concours website at edisonconcours.com
Are there airports nearby?
Yes, Newark Liberty International Airport is about 25 minutes away. Morristown and Teterboro (both private airports) are also 25 minutes away, which are both private airports.
Are there hotels near Llewellyn Park?
Yes, the headquarter hotel is the Residence Inn, West Orange, NJ at 107 Prospect Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052- (973) 669-4700. There is also a Courtyard by Marriott at 8 Rooney Circle, West Orange, NJ 07052 (855) 297-1427. Both hotels are approx. 2 miles from Llewellyn Park.
What is the price of a ticket?
Admission to the Edison Concours d’Elegance is $25.00 per person. Children under 12, when accompanied by an adult, and members of the military in uniform and/or veterans are free.
I am going as a spectator, where do I park?
On Sunday, October 17th, Edison Concours spectators should park at 80 Main St., West Orange, NJ, (see image below) which is a short, walkable distance to the entrance of Llewellyn Park. Parking is free and a free shuttle service to the Concours is available. Handicapped visitors may park on the Glenmont premises.
The dates listed for the Concours are October 17th and 18th, which day is the Concours Automobile Show?
The Concours will be held on Sunday, October 18th.
Is there food available at the event?
Yes, a variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Is there a rain date?
No, the Concours will take place rain or shine.
Are there other activities in addition to the automobiles on display?
Yes, this will be a true Concours – A Celebration of Automobiles, Fashion, Food and History. There will be tours of Thomas A. Edison’s home as well as his garage, which contains the first electric automobile charging station – check back often for updates.
Who is the main contact for the event?
Joseph C. Cassini III, Founder of the Edison Concours d’Elegance.
What are the hours for the Concours on Sunday?
The show opens to the public at 9:30am and concludes at approximately 4:30pm. There will be an awards ceremony between 2:30pm and 4:00pm. The gates close at 4:30pm.