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2011 Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance Celebrates 100 Years of Indy 500

This year’s Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance, scheduled to be held at the La Quinta Resort & Club on February 27, will greet show-goers with the theme "100 Years of Indy Cars," marking the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. More than 200 rarely seen classic cars from museums and private collections across the US, Canada and Europe will be exhibited for thousands of spectators that are expected to attend the event.

Two days of classic car racing have been planned. Desert Classic SPEED WEEK begins February 19 and 20. The Concours d’Elegance pre-event will be conducted in partnership with the Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA). Cars raced during the Desert Classic Races will be on display at the Concours' main event.

Events scheduled also include the Desert Classic Tour, held the day before the Concours d’Elegance. Spectators will be invited to view more than 75 finely restored vintage automobiles as they gather for a road tour on the Main Street in Old Town La Quinta, an event that is open to the public.

The Desert Classic Vintage Car Auction Preview presented by EG Auctions will include the showing of a 1925 Lincoln Model L Limousine owned by Greta Garbo and a 1956 Rolls Royce owned by Gary Grant.

"The Desert Classic Concours d’Elegance will be the first major car event of the year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500,"
said founder Paul Merrigan. "In its honor, we will display many of the significant cars that have participated in 'The greatest spectacle in racing' over the past century."
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