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Patterson FerrariThe Louisville Concours d’Elegance is a showcase for some of the rarest, most elegant and historic collector cars in the country. The event takes place at one of the most famous sporting venues in the world - Historic Churchill Downs racetrack. It's truly the best in “Horses and Horsepower.”

Some of the most well-known names in the car collector community travel to Louisville each year to have their cars judged by some of the best judges in the world in hopes of taking home the coveted "Best in Show" crystal trophy.


Louisville ConcoursLocated in one of the Southeast’s finest cities, during one of it’s most beautiful seasons. Churchill Downs provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance for exhibitors.


Each year, our Best in Show winner is allowed the unique opportunity to be photographed in Churchill's famed Winner's Circle. These are the same hallowed grounds where War Admiral, Secretariat, and Barbaro were crowned champions of the Sport of Kings.


Event History

The idea for the Concours began in October, 2007, when a small group of volunteers gathered together with the idea of creating a yearly signature event for their favorite charity – Brooklawn Child & Family Services. Each member had committed themselves to Brooklawn and the wonderful work the agency does to help emotionally-troubled children and their families.

As the group looked for ways to not only raise money, but to raise awareness of one of the largest child welfare services agencies in Kentucky, many ideas were put on the table. After some discussion, the idea of staging a Concours d’Elegance was posed. Being familiar with concours and their growing popularity, excitement quickly grew within this group.

Each of the volunteers brought a wealth of expertise to the table. There were experienced party and event planners, people with expertise in sponsorship procurement, and, of course, a common love of beautiful and historic concours automobiles. Thus was born the Louisville Concours d’ Elegance Executive Committee.

Many sites around Louisville were proposed, but the committee ultimately chose Churchill Downs because of its rich history, tradition, and aesthetic beauty. Churchill Downs seemed a natural fit.