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Easter Concours d'Elegance
Easter Sunday April 20, 2014
our 53rd Annual Automobile Show
All Cars must be in place by 11:00 am
Judging Begins at Noon
Public Viewing (best time) 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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2014 Easter Show Poster

2014 EASTER SHOW FLYER & REGISTRATION FORM (click here to download form)

For this years Easter Show we are holding two Judging Seminars. If you are interested in Judging you will want to attend. If you are entering a Car for Judging you might want to attend as well.
The dates are Sunday February 16th at 1:00pm and March 16th at 2:00pm.
Download the Seminar Information below for locations and additional information. We hope to see you there!

2014 Judging Seminar Information (click here to download information)

2013 EASTER SHOW INFORMATION

2013 EASTER SHOW BOOK (click here to download, this may take a few seconds)

FOR A LIST OF 2013 EASTER SHOW WINNERS click here to download file

The 2013 Easter Show had 107 Cars pre-registered for Judging, 70 Cars for Display.
We had 82 Day of Show registrations and about 216 Club Cars from 16 different Clubs.
The weather was great and we had a huge crowd, this was certainly one of our better shows in recent years.

Pictures from the 2013 Easter Concours d' Elegance

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Photos by Dr. Gerald Perschbacher (all rights reserved)

WE HAVE A NEW BOOK ABOUT THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF OUR EASTER CONCOURS'
written by our own Gerald Perschbacher
84 pages, over 100 pictures
It will be offered for sale at this years show
special introductory price of $15 for non HCCM members
 and $10 for members

to view the Book cover click here

HISTORY

WHAT ABOUT AN EASTER EVENT?
The first Easter event and a direct predecesser to the Easter Concours was held on April 18, 1954. It was an Easter Parade conducted by the Horseless Carriage Club (HCCM) with the Auto Club (AAA) building as the anchor location. The parade, actually a motorcade traveled west on Lindell to Skinker, south on Skinker to Clayton Road, and west on Clayton  to Big Bend where it broke up.
Why so many parades instead of car shows in those early days of the hobby? The general public was not yet attuned to attending an outdoor show of old cars.
In 1961, the time was right for the Easter Concours d'Elegance. It was the direct  beneficficiary of other show efforts. On Sept. 17, 1961, seven months prior to the first Easter Show (April 22. 1962), the first Village Square Concours was held in the outdoor walking mall at the popular shopping center in Hazelwood, Mo.
The first Easter Concours d'Elegance Show was held on April 22, 1962 with only six classes. The oldest winning car was a 1897 Holdermann and the newest winner was a 1939 Cadillac Convertible Sedan.
By 1964 the Easter Show was firmly established and was hosted by AAA who has for most of the years been our faithfull Sponsor.
Eventually the Easter Concours d'Elegance was held in Forest Park where it has been held ever since.
The above information is from the book "Easter Concours d'Elegance Grandest Show in Town" written by Gerald Perschbacher

Cars History Came to Light in the Bright Sun of Easter, 2010

 By Gerald Perschbacher

About 500 cars of collector vintage brought a festive flair to the Upper Muny Opera parking facility in Forest Park in St. Louis, on Easter Sunday, April 4, for the 49th annual Easter Concours d’Elegance, conducted by the HCCM and sponsored by AAA—Auto Club of Missouri.  The crowd was estimated to be between 10,000 and 20,000 as young and old enjoyed the vast array of automotive machinery from 1903 to cars that are a mere 25 years old.

Classic Packards, Cadillac, and makes seldom remembered—such as Mercer and Hudson—added to the variety.  In the Century Circle were five cars that had reached 100 or more years of existence:  Two St. Louis motor cars (dating to 1903), a 1909 Brush, and a 1910 Cadillac.  Soon to enter the circle was a 1911 Maxwell.

Military vehicles were registered, such as a 1942 Ford GPW “Jeep.”  Other cars seldom seen included a 1940 LaSalle, 1935 Citroen, 1932 Dodge, and a 1952 Frazer convertible.  Early Thunderbirds, Corvettes, and performance cars were there, too.  Pontiacs, Lincolns, Buicks, Dodges, and Chryslers from the 1960s and 1970s also were on hand to show onlookers the advance of automotive design.

Photos by Horseless Carriage Club all rights reserved

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