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CAPE ALFA ROMEO CLUB ANNUAL CONCOURS d’ELEGANCE

CAPE ALFA ROMEO CLUB ANNUAL CONCOURS d’ELEGANCEThe Cape Alfa Romeo Club will be holding its annual Concours d’Elegance on 28 October 2012 at the BILTON WINE FARM, on the R44 towards Somerset West, turn left on Annondale Road at the Strawberry shop. Continue to the main gates where a map will be made available for further directions.

A brief explanation of a Concours d’Elegance:
“Concours d'Elegance (from French meaning a competition of elegance, lit. "concourse of elegance", referring to the gathering of prestigious cars) dates back to 17th Century French aristocracy, who paraded horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during summer weekends and holidays. Over time, carriages became horseless and the gatherings became a competition among motor vehicle owners to be judged on the appearance of their motor vehicles. Notable Concours d'Elegances include the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.
Judging of the Concours d’Elegance
Numerous local organizations sponsor 'Concours' events; traditionally vehicle judging at a Concours d'Elegance is much more demanding than that of a neighbourhood or general motor vehicle show. Trained judges examine the vehicle thoroughly and in its entirety. They rate each and every component. Only those vehicles that are judged perfect (or very nearly so) in every way, are considered eligible for trophy class.
Often the competitiveness of a Concours d'Elegance forces restoration of a vehicle to surpass 'mint' condition. Mint condition would be the state of the vehicle when it originally left the factory. Concours-quality cars often are given upholstery, paint, plating, and mechanical restoration to a standard far exceeding that of the car when it was new.
Concours d'Elegance competitions also are run for classic cars. Here, the emphasis is as much on originality as the condition, although this also is very important. The general aim is to present a vehicle that is in the same, or better, condition than it was in when it left the production line. Unless original, modifications are not allowed, and components must be suitable for the year and model of the motor vehicle. Even components or features fitted to motor vehicles of the same type, but in a different production year or trim level, are not allowed. Original-equipment-accessories from the manufacturers own ranges are allowed and some competitions allow after-market equipment and accessories, provided they are of the correct period. On top of this, motor vehicles must be presented in flawless visual condition, as with other Concours-grade cars.
Often Concours d'Elegance quality motor vehicles are not driven, except for short distances from their trailers to the show fields. They are not intended to be used as daily drivers and often, are not seen outside of museums or private collections. Even after driving only the short distance to the show field, the car is 'staged'—errant bits of dirt or dust removed from the tyre treads, bits of grass or mud wiped from the under-carriage. The vehicle is maintained constantly and dusted frequently to keep an absolutely flawless appearance while on display.)”

The Cape Alfa Romeo Club has been holding this event since the early 1980’s. It is our club’s premier event and attracts a fine array of Alfa Romeo’s from the 1960’s till present day models. Our concours d’Elegance is very much a “beautiful” car event and not strictly confined to originality as is the case with other classic car clubs. Many of the members use their Alfa Romeo’s on a daily basis. In some cases their vehicles are garaged for the preparation before the event and friends or the wife’s cars are used to get to and from work. Some members even take part of their annual holidays for the preparation of their vehicles for the event. Vehicles are judged in different classes as well as on appearance and effort put into getting the vehicle to the mint condition that it has been entered. After market wheels and chromed engine parts are not frowned upon but when there is a tie with points for the top places the original state vehicle is given preference.

The method of judging the Concours d’Elegance has been formulated over a number of years and has proved to be very effective and gives a good unbiased result. The judging is done by 5 teams of judges, each doing a separate part of the vehicle. The vehicle is split into boot, engine compartment, interior, exterior and underside. The teams concentrate only on the section they are allocated and hereby not influenced by other items on the car being judged.

We have three main classes that you can choose from to enter your Alfa Romeo depending on its condition:
The full Concourse d’Elegance class includes all 5 judging sections and is meant for the serious contenders as it is an extreme amount of work to prepare a vehicle to this standard. This class includes all Alfa Romeo models, modern as well as classic and are not split into sections. Full Concours d’Elegance entrants will be required to take off at least one wheel to be eligible for this class.
• The Tops Only class incudes 4 judging sections mentioned above (excluding the underside) but this class is broken into three divisions, namely
o Classic: (Giulietta, 2000, 2600), Giulia (Giulia, 1750, 2000 Berlina, Spider and Montreal)
o Bianco: (Alfetta, Giulietta, GTV and Alfasud)
o Modern: (164, 33, 155, 145, 146, 147, 156, 164, 166, GT, Spider, Brera, 159, Mito and Giulietta).
Make no mistake, this section requires a mammoth amount of preparation to get top honours.
• The Commuter class is for Alfa Romeo’s that are used on a daily basis. Judging here will include the 4 sections. There is no distinction in this class for age or model and there is a handicap calculated based on odometer readings to level the playing field. The marking sheet is far more lenient in this class. The cars entered here are far from skedonks, they are seriously clean, well maintained vehicles.

The Cape Alfa Romeo Club prides itself in having some very rare exotics sprinkled among the members. Some of the members also have some fine collections while most have one or maybe two really immaculate vehicles that will be displayed at our prestige event. Alfa Romeo visitors or non-members are most welcome to enter their immaculate vehicles to see how you fare against the club members.

We would like to thank Gary Green Auto in conjunction with the Bilton Wine Farm for sponsoring the Cape Alfa Romeo Clubs annual prestige event.
• Bilton Wines dates back to 1824. The estate has been in the hands of the Bilton family since 1959, when Don Bilton bought the land. For more than 30 years the farming activities at Bilton, with its prime location on the foothills of the Helderberg, were centred on growing fruit, vegetables and grapes until 1996 when Mark Bilton took over the responsibilities from his father.
Rare wines of distinctive character are produced from the Matt Black red, the flagship bordeaux style blend Sir Percy and the most expensive red wine in South Africa known as The Bilton. Come indulge in our award winning wines paired with dark chocolate in the French flair.
Mark Bilton will also be displaying some of his vintage motor vehicles at the event. Visit Bilton Wines at: http://www.biltonwines.com for more information

• Gary Green, of Gary Green Auto, is a serious petrol head with a wealth of car knowledge and has an unbridled passion for Alfa Romeo. Gary is the dealer principle of the premier Alfa Romeo dealer in Cape Town who, in addition has organised many Alfa Romeo race days at Killarney Race Track. Having come from a motoring family, his father being Basil Green, of Basil Green Ford in Johannesburg, Gary had always aspired to owning an Alfa Romeo, but settled with a Ford Escort as his first car. Gary has been involved with Porsche and Maserati as well as working for Arnold Chatz before starting up Gary Green Auto. Gary has on numerous occasions been asked to evaluate some very rare Alfa Romeo’s as well as other vehicle makes. Visit Gary Green Auto at: http://www.alfaromeodealerlocator.co.za/dealer-locator.aspx for more information.

VENUE:
BILTON WINE FARM
(Travelling along the R44 towards Somerset West turn left on Annondale Road at the Strawberry shop – follow on to main gates where you will get a map for further directions.)

DATE & TIME:
Sunday, 28 October2012, at 10H00 - Concours cars must arrive by 10.00 am latest

MENU:
For adults and children - either Biltong Beef Burger with Potato wedges or Chicken and Mushroom pie with Salad.
For the kids - Mini Beef burger and Potato wedges or Chicken Pasta with salad
For desert there will be Mulva pudding with ice cream

PRICE:
R125.00 per head for adults and kids are R55.00 a head.
Booking is essential for this prestigious event and will be confirmed once payment has been made to the Cape Alfa Romeo Club only with your detail either mailed or sms’d to: Wesley.squier@barloworldmotor.com / 083 261 6166.

Banking detail:
ABSA HEERENGRACHT
NAME – CAPE ALFA ROMEO CLUB
ACCOUNT - 1520 158 835
(Please use your name as reference)

For more information please contact Wesley Squier at Wesley.squier@barloworldmotor.com or 083 261 6166 for bookings by no later than 23 October 2012. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
There will be many other attractions and prizes on the day.

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