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Photo by Evan Wish

2021 Event Schedule 

This is your personal invitation to experience vintage motorcars on an authentic, historical boulevard, in the Victorian Village, a preservationist’s dream. This is a true Concours, not just a show and shine, and we have planned an enchanting weekend just for you!

Thursday, September 9

Leaving San Rafael in the morning, it will be a short drive to a private, 100+ auto collection, heavily laced with American Classics. Our next stop will be Rivino Winery, just south of Ukiah, where we will have wine tasting with charcuterie, followed by lunch.  Once in Humboldt County, we’ll turn off 101 onto Avenue of the Giants, a 31-milelong path in and out of canyons of old-growth redwoods.  The last leg of our drive will take us through the verdant Eel River Valley, where we’ll come up close and personal to herds of dairy cows.  The day will conclude with dinner at the VI Restaurant, located in the Concours’ headquarters hotel, the Victorian Inn.

Friday, September 10

In the morning, we’ll be treated to a docent-led tour of Fern Cottage. Located just a few miles from downtown Ferndale, it was the home of Joseph and Zipporah Russ, a founding family of Ferndale, maintained just as it was, when built in the 1860s.  You’re on your own for lunch at one of the many fine Ferndale eateries.  After lunch, we’ll head north to Eureka for a tour of the craft Lost Coast Brewery.  From there, we’ll visit Carl’s Car World, a boutique of everything automobile, collected by mega-auto dealer Carl Schneider. The evening will conclude with a wine and hors d‘oeuvre reception at Ferndale’s Barndominium Airbnb.

Saturday, September 11

 

Departing from the Ferndale Community Center, our Rendezvous d’Elegance will motor north on US101, taking a few backcountry roads that rival Avenue of the Giants in their splendor.  Just crossing the “border” into Del Norte County, we’ll stop for lunch and a tour of the world-famous Trees of Mystery, where we’ll walk through a biosphere atop old-growth redwoods, take a tram to the top of a redwood crowned mountain and tour a museum of native American crafts and clothing.  A vigorous one-mile hike will take you to the breakers of the Pacific Ocean.  Returning from Del Norte, we’ll stop at the Harper family’s private auto collection with 60+ vehicles, heavily featuring brass-era autos.  Time permitting, folks on the tour can enjoy Cruz’n Eureka hotrod show in Old Town.  The day concludes with a luau dinner at the private Carson Mansion/Ingomar Club, considered to be the finest example of Queen Anne Victorian architecture in the nation.  Docent-led tours will follow dinner.

 

Photo by Evan Wish

Sunday, September 12

 

Concours day!  The “field,” Ferndale’s National Historic Landmark Commercial District, will open for vehicle placement at 7am.  Field placement ends at 10am, when judging begins.  Judging will conclude at noon with trophy presentations beginning after 2pm. The Concours will conclude with the presentation of the “Best-of-Show” award at about 4pm.  A meatloaf and baked potato dinner will follow at the Ferndale Community Center.

Monday, September 13

 

Informal “hate to see you go” breakfast at the VI Restaurant.

Note: Any of the above is subject to change at any time.