Sunday, July 21: The 64th Annual Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance

Say "Northern California", "summer" and "classic car", and most people's minds turn to Pebble Beach and the classics in August.  But---there's an earlier, more intimate and longer-running Concours d'Elegance one month before, 102 miles north on the gorgeous San Francisco Peninsula.

The Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance is actually the longest continually-running Concours in the world---every year since 1956.  It's a wonderful event, benefiting several Bay Area charities, held at the stunningly beautiful Crystal Springs Golf Course.

The video above will give you an overview, along with some glimpses of last years event, but for what's coming this year, including some photos of cars confirmed for this year, keep reading.

Porsche 917K
Porsche 917K.
This year's featured marque is Porsche, and showcased will be the 917K, which won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1970.  It's among a handful of rare Porsches from the private collection of racer and restorer Bruce Canepa:

Porsche 917-10
Porsche 917-10

1979 Porsche 935
1979 Porsche 935.

1989 Porsche 962
1989 Porsche 962.
Porsche 959
Porsche 959.
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder.
But while Porsche is the featured marque this year, the Hillsborough Concours will also have a wide range of rare classics on hand, from early BMWs:

1940 BMW 335 Cabriolet
1940 BMW 335 Cabriolet.
To American classics of the 1930s:

1931 Chrysler Imperial
1931 Chrysler Imperial.
1937 Packard Super Eight 1500 Touring Sedan
1937 Packard Super Eight 1500 Touring Sedan.
....as well as stunning Italian design:

1949 Ferrari 166 Inter
1949 Ferrari 166 Inter.
1966 Ferrari 330 GTC
1966 Ferrari 330 GTC.
...and some gorgeous American hot rods and muscle cars, classic motorcycles and more.

If you're a classic car owner, there's still time to get in touch with the Hillsborough organizers about showing your car and participating in the Tour d'Elegance, a 70-mile rally along the beautiful winding roads of the San Francisco Peninsula, earlier in the day, followed by a private luncheon with the other owners before arriving at Crystal Springs.

I'll absolutely be there---and hope you will too.