Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance
December 2 - December 4, 2022
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December 2nd through December 4th, 2022
The third annual Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance will be held on December 2nd, 3rd and 4th, once again, at the TPC Tampa Bay Golf course at 5300 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road Lutz, Florida. Last year’s Concours was an electrifying success, donating $25,000.00 to Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).
Patterned after Pebble Beach and Amelia Island, this Concours affords a multi-day schedule of events with exquisite classic vehicles worth tens of millions of dollars (both cars and motorcycles). This is the only true Concours d’Elegance for Tampa, and for those unfamiliar concours, they contrast from a typical car show since it is an invitation only event.
Tampa’s Gasparilla festivities have been lauded since 1904, celebrating the legend of the invasion of the city by the fictional (or not!) pirate Jose Gaspar. The mayor of Tampa surrenders the keys to the city, and we are invaded by a pirate ship filled with hundreds of the city’s finest business people and founding families in Tampa, all in the name of fun and charity. The Mardi Gras styled event draws hundreds of thousands of spectators. If you include the many additional events associated with the Gasparilla season, there are millions of participants and spectators involved with Gasparilla.
Friday December 2nd the festivities kick off with the Gasparilla Tour d’Elegance. It will consist of Concours entrants seeking to prove their road worthiness. This will add important extra points to their Judging Card on Concours Saturday. At the same time, they will enjoy a scenic route with spectators cheering them on along the route.
Saturday, December 3rd the main event will occur. This is an invitation only event, where the owners of the vehicles must apply to be included in the event. A selection committee evaluates the applications and chooses the vehicles that best exemplify the criteria. The criteria include an emphasis on originality, the quality of any restorations done, its unique qualities, historical importance, and, of course, the “wow” factor. Over 150 of the most exciting and beautiful automobiles and motorcycles will be on display. The newest addition will be a Car Club Showcase on the perimeter of the field, where invited car clubs will display their finest.
Sunday, December 4th, the weekend will wrap up with a 3 hour “Gasparilla Nickel Tour” touring the beautiful Tampa Bay Area and ending with lunch. Vintage and modern cars are welcomed.
The Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance is a 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation with benefits going to Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA).Anyone interested in displaying their cars or need additional information or to register please visit https://www.gasparillaconcours.com.
Location: TPC Tampa Bay Golf Course 5300 W Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz, Florida