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Concours d'Elegance

The Mercedes-Benz Club of NSW will stage its Concours d'Elegance display of Mercedes-Benz vehicles on Sunday 28 September 2014. The venue is Gough Whitlam Park, Bayview Ave, Earlwood, which is next to the Cooks River, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. It is an ideal location for a picnic, with a children's playground, and outdoor cafe with sandwiches, pastries, coffee and morning teas.

Previously this venue hosted the 2013 Concours d'Elegance and the 2014 Sydney German Autofest (SGA). The grounds have proved to be an excellent location to stage car events, and other car clubs are doing the same.

The Concours d'Elegence theme for this year, is the celebration of 120 Years of Motorsport history. The world's first motor car race took place on 22 July 1894 over the 126-kilometre route from Paris to Rouen. In this historic race, two cars fitted with a Daimler two cylinder V-engine shared the first prize and a Benz vehicle received 5th prize. Today Mercedes-Benz cars are still a major force in the car racing circuits throughout the world.

About Concours d'Elegance

A Concours d'Elegance (from French, meaning a competition of elegance) dates back to 17th Century French aristocracy, who paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during Summer weekends and holidays. Over time, the gatherings became a competition among automobile owners to be judged on the appearance of their automobiles. MBCNSW held its first Concours d'Elegance on Sunday 15 April 1973 at Centennial Park in Sydney, in conjunction with the Porsche Club.

How to Enter

Simply complete the MBCNSW Concours Entry Form and either post, or bring it with you to the monthly general meeting.

Check MBCNSW Concours Classes to determine the right class for your vehicle.

Judging Criteria

Skilled judges examine each vehicle thoroughly and in its entirety. The judges then rate each and every component as per MBCNSW Concours Judging Criteria. The general aim is to present a vehicle in the same (or better) condition, than it was in when it left the production line.

Charity Donation

Concours d'Elegance 2014 proudly supports Careflight. CareFlight's mission is to save lives, speed recovery, and serve the community. A portion of every car's entry fee will be donated to CareFlight, assisting them to continue their valuable work in the community.

Event Photographs

Photographs of last year's event can be viewed in the Concours d'Elegance 2013 Official gallery as well as in the additional event gallery.