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press release

The classic cars will roll out on June 5th

The 20th Annual Huntington Beach Concours d'Elegance, one of Southern California's best know auto events, will be rolling into town again this summer. The Concours d'Elegance will be held on Sunday June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will showcase more than 500 vehicles. In addition to its marque autos, the HB Concours will present 53 different classes of automobiles for competition, more than any concours in the country. The event will be held in Huntington Beach Central Park (on Talbert Ave. and Golden West St.) next to the Huntington Beach Public Library and Cultural Resource Center.

Each year, select carmakers are featured. This year, the featured import will be "The Ultimate Driving Machine," BMW, who will be showcasing many models that have been made since the company was founded in 1928, as well as its Mini brand and motorcycles. "The car of presidents and kings," the Packard, will be the featured domestic marque for 2005.

The Concours d'Elegance began two decades ago, when car lover Bart McGrath decided that the children's section of the Huntington Beach Library at Central Park needed upgrading. McGrath embarked on a two-decade-long fund raising effort that combined his love of automobiles with the development of a consistent source of money for the library. Organizers have been able to raise more than 300,000 for the library over the years and draw some 4,000 spectators annually.

In addition to viewing the more than 40 classes of car, motorcycles and vintage bikes, there will be food booths, a jazz band and family entertainment. Back by popular demand, the Harry Potter Look-A-Like Contest returns this year. Children are asked to dress up as a character from the popular book and film series. Also, as a part of the exhibition, high school and college students can submit designs for a car of the future in the "Imagination Takes to the Road" competition. The designs will be put on display and judged by representatives from the automobile industry.

For more information on the event and registration, visit the Concours d'Elegance website at or call the Concours D'Elegance information line at (714) 375-5023. The deadline for entries is May 27. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the library for $8, or for $10 at the event. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Huntington Beach Library. Judging of cars will start at 9 a.m. and the event will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Story by City of Huntington Beach April 2005