Concours d’Elegance benefit collector car show returning to Keeneland


LEXINGTON, Ky. (KT) - An annual event that benefits UK’s Lexington Children’s Hospital takes place this weekend.

More than 160 cars from brass era steamers to exotic future classics will compete at one of Kentucky’s iconic horse racing venues, Keeneland Race Course, during the annual Keeneland Concours d’Elegance.

The main event will be held at Keeneland on Saturday, beginning at 9 am. This year’s Concours showcases collector cars and motorcycles competing in 20 judged classes. The featured marque this year is BMW, with classes devoted to BMW motorsports, sports cars, and motorcycles. The Concours will also showcase a class of well-preserved carriages; in keeping with its equestrian surroundings. The awards ceremony will start at 3 p.m. when the winning cars from each class will roll across the awards platform.

On Sunday, drivers will converge on the Keene Library to take part in the 15th annual Tour d’Elegance. This year’s tour will be a 90-mile ride through some of the best driving roads in the Bluegrass, with a stop along the way at Taylor Made Farm – home to racehorse California Chrome. Drivers will then work their way back to Lexington and Red Mile, a harness track that has been a part of the cultural fabric of the community since 1875.

Since it began in 2004, the Concours has raised close to $750,000 to help bring better health care to the children of Kentucky.

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