Concours d’Elegance – the Lopez way

Pebble Beach has nothing on Lopez.

Pebble Beach has nothing on Lopez.

While not quite as formal as the more well-known Concours d’Elegance, Lopez has hosted its own version of the event since 2005, bringing together all makes and models of unusual cars.

“I knew a few people who enjoyed cars as works of art. I said, ‘You know, I want to have a Concours d’Elegance. We’ll just have a party!’” said Tex Gieling, who started the annual day.

Anyone who has a car they are interested in sharing is welcome to attend the 4th Annual Lopez Concours d‘Elegance on Saturday, August 16. Everyone will meet at Lopez School at 11:00 a.m., and once the group is assembled, they will form a cavalcade through Lopez. The procession’s final destination is 121 Coffelt Drive. Participants are asked to bring a picnic lunch, and are invited to dress in the fashion of the era of their car.

Gieling, who lives here in the summer and San Francisco in the winter, has a 1932 Chrysler Roadster restored by Roy Berg. She bought the car in 1950, and it was her only vehicle until 1978.

At the first annual Lopez Concours d’Elegance, 15 cars showed up, and close to 30 arrived the following year. “It has grown every year with people bringing cars from off island,” said Gieling. Not all the cars have to be restored, they just need to be unique. According to Gieling, last year they had everything from a rusty Landrover to a brand new Ferrari.

For more information, call Tex Gieling at 468-3047 or Helen Cosgrove and Warren Hero at 468-3624.