198. Concours D’Elegance Rare Car Rally, Show & Gala

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Some of the world’s finest and most rare classic vehicles will be cruising through Barrington this weekend as part of the community’s annual Concours D’Elegance road rally, rare car exhibit and charity gala.  Tickets are still available to all events and there are some exciting new highlights planned for this year.

Courtesy of Barrington Concours D’Elegance

Concours D’Elegance is a two-day event, taking place on both Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th, 2012.  It’s an opportunity for fine car owners and enthusiasts from Barrington and beyond to gather, share and appreciate some of Chicagoland’s most prized collector vehicles.  It’s a popular social event that benefits an important local cause and they’ve opened everything up to the public this year. Here’s a look at the itinerary, the cause and what’s new for Concours D’Elegance 2012…

Saturday, July 14 – “Space to Ride” Road Rally”

The “Space to Ride” road rally is a 40-mile drive and scavenger hunt through the Barrington countryside.  Participants will receive instructions to help them navigate a 40-mile route around the Barrington area, with stops and fun activities along the way. Classic and exotic cars are welcome but not necessary!  Click here to purchase a ticket to enter a car in the rally.  If you just want to take a look at the cars, you are welcome to see them lining up in the parking lot at Wickstrom Auto Group (600 W. Northwest Highway in Barrington) before they take off for the Rally, which starts at 9 a.m and lasts until 3 p.m.  They’ll be on the road for several hours before meeting at Citizens Park for a post-rally picnic lunch, which is new this year.

Sunday, July 15, 2012 – “Legends and Legacies” Show & Gala

The public is also invited to see the cars participating in this year’s Barrington Concours “Legends and Legacies” exhibit on the fairways at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington (1010 S. Northwest Highway) this Sunday, July 15th.  You can purchase tickets for $25 at the gate or $20 in advance by clicking here.  (No ticket required for children 12 and under)  At Makray on Sunday, you will find 80 extremely rare vehicles in keeping with this year’s theme which is: Italian cars and motorcycles from all marques and eras, complemented by by American classics and a fine selection of vintage European automobiles and Japanese motorcycles.  The gates open at 10 a.m. and the awards ceremony will take place at 2 p.m., followed by an elegant gala dinner, starting at 6 p.m.  If you’d like to attend the gala, tickets cost $200 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Barrington Area Conservation Trust

Proceeds from the fifth annual Barrington’s Concours will support programs offered by the Barrington Area Conservation Trust.  The trust was founded in 2001 to protect the open spaces that are unique to Barrington’s beautiful landscape.  The group’s mission is “To help preserve the open space, rural character, and scenic, recreational, historic, and natural resources of the Barrington, Illinois-area communities through advocacy, education, and promotion of responsible land stewardship.”  The BAC Trust works with private landowners to educate them about how conservation easements can help protect their properties in perpetuity and also possibly provide significant tax breaks.  To learn more about their mission, visit BACTrust.org.

And for more information about this weekend’s Barrington Concours D’Elegance, visit the event’s page on Facebook at Facebook.com/BarringtonConcours or their website at BarringtonConcours.org.

Courtesy of Barrington Concours D’Elegance

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