Records broken at Arizona’s eighth Concours in the Hills

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Concours in the Hills organisers celebrated an eighth consecutive record-breaking year as almost 1200 vehicles and 50,000 spectators flocked to Fountain Park in Arizona, raising over $430,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the process. 

Those in attendance basked in pleasant Arizona sunshine and clear skies as they perused the eclectic range of cars displayed in sections dedicated to Domestic, European, Asian, Race Cars, Motorcycles, Military and Off-Road vehicles. 

Concours in the Hills also debuted a special Limited-Edition Exotics category this year, which saw extraordinarily rare and valuable models including a McLaren F1, Hennessey Venom F5, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren Elva and Best of Show-winning Aston Martin One-77. 

The 40 cars featured in the Race Car section provided another highlight that included many of motor sport’s greatest machines from Le Mans, CanAm and Indy Car. 

Bill Pope’s 1960 Maserati Birdcage was awarded Best Race Car, but the category had many strong contenders in the form of Mario Andretti’s Lotus 38, a Ford GT MkIV, a McLaren Mk8E and a Toyota GTP, to name a few.

The spectacular machinery on the ground was complemented by six helicopters that flew in to take their place on the 35-acre venue. Fittingly, the USMC AH-1Z Cobra military helicopter was displayed alongside several Shelby Cobras from the local club. 

Show founder and lead organiser Peter Volny said: “I’m amazed every year at how this show just grows and grows. I’m so appreciative of the many volunteers from both the car community and Phoenix Children’s Hospital who help make it all happen.”  

Concours Results:

Best Domestic: Terry Rials – 1959 Chevrolet Impala 

Best Import: John Breslow – 1955 Jaguar D-type and 1957 Jaguar XKSS (tied)

Best Race Car: Bill Pope – 1960 Maserati Birdcage

Best 4×4/Off-Road: Ruben Reyes – 1948 Chevrolet B300

Best Car Club Display: Fountain Hills Auto Club

Best of Show: James Kramer – 2011 Aston Martin One-77

People’s Choice: Michael Odierna – 2021 Iso Rivolta Zagato GT

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