- Enter Now: Isolation Island Concours d’Elegance Is a Virtual Model-Car Show Open to Everyone
Enter Now: Isolation Island Concours d’Elegance Is a Virtual Model-Car Show Open to Everyone
With several classes, expert judging, and real trophies, this is the next best thing to a full-scale concours—and you might actually win.
Plenty of car events in 2020 have been postponed or canceled thanks to COVID-19, including the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, one of the world's premier classic car assemblages. We'll miss seeing our friends there and plenty of fascinating automobiles, and probably you will, too. But let's face it, the odds of actually owning a Pebble-worthy car to show are slim to none for most of us. That means we'll likely never be a part of the show itself. Fret not, because the Isolation Island Concours d'Elegance is an online scale-model car show that you (yes, even you) can enter.
Held every two weeks since this past April, the Isolation Island Concours d'Elegance was founded by in-the-know classic car expert Andy Reid who says his motivation was, "… to give all of my friends, whether concours judges, exhibitors, or collectors, a way to enjoy their cars, no matter what the scale." More than that, the Isolation Island Concours has raised more than $40,000 for charity by asking participants to donate an affordable amount of their choice to their favorite local causes.
Organized much like a real concours event, the Isolation Island Concours features more than a dozen classes of model cars. The event—this will be the fourth one yet held—includes classes such as 1939-2005 Porsche cars, 1929-2010 BMW cars, British cars from 1921-2005, Italian cars from 1921-88, an all-inclusive Chevrolet Corvette class, and many more. There's even a preservation-style class for models that have developed heavy patina through decades of play.
And yes, there are judges, too. Not just any judges, either; those selected are well known and experienced at judging full-size concours. For example, Fiat Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles is on the roster, as are retired racers John Morton, Tommy Kendall, and David Hobbs. Bill Warner, founder of the Amelia Island Concours, is also a judge.
Entries are limited to one car per person, per event, and are capped at a cost of $350 to ensure that just about everyone can participate. It's worth noting that very few of the winning models thus far appear to have cost anywhere near that amount, so an expensive model is no pre-requisite for victory. Models range from store-bought to hand-built, and everything in between—and if your model wins the Isolation Island Concours, you'll even get a real trophy to add to your collection.
Want to participate for yourself or just check out more photos of previous winners? Head to isolationislandconcours.com for more information, and to facebook.com/isolationislandheadjudge to enter. Entries for the current round must be submitted by noon EDT on Tuesday, May 19.