Could this be one of the best car shows in Southern California? Let’s go through the checklist… Car variety, check. Location, check. Lighting, check. The show is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and its second year at the Zamperini Field in Torrance. It’s an active airfield, so intertwining vintage aircraft among the displays is possible and is very cool. This event has continued to get better, now it is one of the premier concours events on the West Coast.
The event raises a great deal of money for charity too, all of the staff are volunteers working to help out the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbour who in turn help to support countless youths reach their full potential. One of the big sponsors of the event is Robinson Helicopter Company; most of the cars are parked right in front of their hangar on the field. The Western Museum of Flight also contributes to the show, as well providing education around the history of flight.
This year’s theme is ‘California Style’ with featured marques from Ferrari and California coach-works. In all there were about 13 automobile classes ranging from American Woodies, Pre-War European Classics to Volkswagen Transporters and British Sports Cars. The selection was incredibly diverse including Custom Cars and Japanese Performance cars.
Arriving early I was able to capture most of these machines rolling in. They arranged themselves around the aircraft on display, for example, the British Sports Cars gathered around a Harrier jump-jet. American classics surrounded the beautiful P-51D Mustang fighter.
Very much looking forward to more shows at this location, it really is one of the best shows on the calendar. Not too big but with excellent curation, a bit of everything, and all with added airplanes and helicopters! The Palos Vedres Concours has it all.