Concours d’Elegance Benefits FAAS

 

The Second Annual Alameda Point Concours d’Elegance is coming to Alameda this Sunday, June 11, and this is not your typical car show. Of course, there will be hundreds of beautiful vehicles, a panel of celebrity judges, live entertainment, and great food and drink to beckon attendees. 

But along with the Alfa Romeos, Pierce Arrows, Duesenbergs, Packards, Jaguars, classic trucks, Woodies, race cars and vintage motorcycles, there will also be Chihuahuas, miniature pinschers, pit bull mixes and maybe a German shepherd or two. 

That’s because this year’s show benefits Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS), Alameda’s animal shelter. The show’s organizers, Kathy and Steve Pedone, are donating all Concours’ proceeds to FAAS, which will have a booth at the show featuring some of the shelter’s adoptable dogs. 

Attendees can meet dogs and take them for a short walk on the parade grounds to get to know them. If there’s a love match, they will be able to adopt the dogs on the spot. 

“FAAS looks forward to this very special event, which is not only the first time Alameda Point Concours d’Elegance is donating the proceeds to FAAS, but also our first mobile adoption at this event,” said FAAS acting director John L. Lipp.

“We expect lots of families from Alameda and surrounding areas to come, so we’re hoping that we have a lot of on-site adoptions,” he said. “We really appreciate the Pedones for their generosity and for providing FAAS with this wonderful opportunity.”

The car show will take place this Sunday, June 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 950 West Square Mall in Alameda, site of the old Naval Air Station, now known as Alameda Point. 

Free parking is available on surrounding streets. Tickets are $20 if purchased ahead of time, $25 at the event. Children 12 and younger are free with a paid adult. For those in the mood to pamper themselves, a $100 ticket buys entrance into the Patrons’ Pavilion for a Champagne continental breakfast and catered buffet lunch with wine and beer, plus ramp-side seating for the awards ceremony. 

The show will offer plenty of vehicles to admire and events to entertain the entire family. The most beautiful rare and foreign local autos of all makes will be on display, along with an FA cockpit from the retired aircraft carrier USS Hornet, docked in Alameda. 

Also this year there will be a display of vintage travel trailers, including the 1948 Popular Mechanics Tear Drop. Entertainment will be provided by the Swingin’ Blue Stars, an all-female Bay Area singing group that performs close-harmony swing-style WWII-era music in the style of the Andrews Sisters.

The night before, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 10, there will be a kick-off cocktail party at Building 43 Winery on Alameda Point. 

Those who come out for the kick-off party will be treated to views of the San Francisco skyline, a special preview of Concours vehicles, craft beer, Building 43 wines, appetizers by Pacific Fine Foods and live music by the Acoustic Embers. Tickets are $75.

Tickets for all three Concours events — the car show, Patrons Pavilion lunch, and cocktail party — are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-alameda-point-concours-delegance-tickets... and at www.alamedapointconcours.com.