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FRENCH LICK, IN (February 26, 2013) Some of the rarest, most elegant and historic collector cars from across the country will be showcased on the beautiful grounds of West Baden Springs Hotel, October 4-6. The Louisville Councours d’Elegance will bring together top exhibitors, seasoned judges and enthusiastic sponsors to celebrate the “competition of elegance” — and to raise money for Kosair Children’s Hospital.

After being held at Churchill Downs for the past five years, the event is moving to its new home French Lick Resort in Southern Indiana. The 3,000 acre resort, which features two historic hotels, four golf courses, a pair of world-class spas and more, will be the site for the full schedule of weekend activities.
 
“Being the epitome of authenticity and originality, West Baden Springs Hotel is an ideal fit for hosting this incredible automotive affair that brings top collectors and judges together to celebrate the motorcar,” said Kim Gray, Director of Marketing.

The featured marque is The Packard, a luxury line built by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan, and later by the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. The world-class Louisville Concours d’Elegance will also feature everything from micro cars to open wheel racing cars, with a mix of American and European classics. (See full list of classes below.) Nomination forms are available online or by contacting Lindsey Neely with Children’s Hospital Foundation, LINDSEY.NEELY@nortonhealthcare.org.
 
As the name implies, elegance is key to winning a Louisville Concours d’Elegance trophy. To turn heads here, a vehicle must not only be fully operational, but it also must possess an historical value, such as innovative styling, technology or literally a winning record on the track. Over 125 different cars will be chasing the coveted “Best in Show” with additional awards going to the “Best in Class” and specialty categories.
 
The competition takes place on Sunday, October 6 but an entire weekend of activities is planned including an exclusive Welcome Reception, Scenic Driving Tour, “Kids & Cars Tent” and more.

Guests are invited to experience the resort’s heyday during a Great Gatsby Gala on Saturday, October 5 to benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital. The world-famous atrium will be transformed into a Prohibition-era soiree that will feel like a page straight out of the American classic— complete with big band music, art deco-inspired decor and a lavish three-course meal. Costumes encouraged.
 
Special room rates and Louisville Concours d’Elegance packages are available at West Baden Springs and French Lick Springs Hotels. When making reservations, please mention the Louisville Concours d’Elegance and provide the following group code: 1013CHN.

Kosair Children’s Hospital
The 2013 Louisville Concours d’Elegance will benefit pediatric oncology initiatives at Kosair Children’s Hospital. As part of a $15 million fundraising effort, proceeds will be used to recruit clinical and research leaders, expand important regional patient care research and build new outpatient facilities. Kosair Children’s is Kentucky’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital; and the oldest continually accredited children’s oncology facility—since 1959.
From heart and bone marrow transplants, complex neurosurgery, cancer treatment, trauma care and complex neonatal care to the more common broken bones, asthma attacks, outpatient surgeries and diagnostic tests, Kosair Children’s Hospital is a beacon of hope for so many children and their families and worthy recipient of the revenue from this event.

French Lick Resort
French Lick Resort is a $500 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and French Lick Casino. This Midwest premiere resort destination features 689 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 63 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 115,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

Media Contacts:

Dyan Duncan
Public Relations Manager
French Lick Resort
812-936-5926
dduncan@frenchlick.com

Tessa Higgs
Public Relations Coordinator
French Lick Resort
812-936-5861
thiggs@frenchlick.com

Featured Marque: Packard
Classes

Class 1 Packards CCCA 1925-1948
Class 2 Packards non-CCCA 1937-1956
Class 3 American classics CCCA 1925-1948
Class 4 European Classics CCCA 1925-1948
Class 5 American Automobiles Post War 1946-1964
Class 6 Sports and Grand Touring Post War 1946-1974
Class 7 American Muscle Cars 1964-1971
Class 8 Corvettes 1953-1971
Class 9 European Cars with American Drivetrains 1950-1975
Class 10 Sports and Grand Touring 1975-1999
Class 1 Race Car Open Wheel
Class 12 Micro Cars
Class 13 Super Cars 2000-2013
Class 14 Military Exhibition (not-judged)
Class 15 Vintage Fire Trucks (not-judged)

2013 Louisville Concours d’Elegance at West Baden Springs Resort
Weekend Events


WELCOME RECEPTION – $60/person
Friday, October 4
Exhibitors, Judges, Sponsors and Invited Guests
Join us on one of the highest points in Indiana, for this invitation-only introduction to the Louisville Concours d’Elegance at West Baden Springs Hotel. The Pete Dye Mansion, the showpiece of the highly acclaimed golf course, will serve as our backdrop for an “Evening to Dye for.” As our special guest, you will be privy to incredible views, heavy hors d’ oeuvres and complimentary drinks as well as entertainment by some of the area’s best talent.

DRIVING TOUR – $50/person
Saturday, October 5
Concours Entrants and Driving Enthusiasts
Driving is half the fun as participants embark on a back road tour of Southern Indiana passing through the Hoosier National Forest and the signature rolling hills, natural rock cuts and scenic beauty that is known to the region.  Lunch at an area favorite and a dessert reception at the former home of NBA star Larry Bird.

GREAT GATSBY GALA – $125/person
Saturday, October 5
Open to the Public
 
You are cordially invited to join us for a Great Gatsby Gala on the evening of Saturday, October 5 in the world-famous atrium of the West Baden Springs Hotel. “The Great Gatsby” characterized the glamour and decadence of the 1920s and this is your chance to experience it in a setting that feels like it is straight out of the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s great American novel.
 
The West Baden Springs Hotel was the place to be and be seen during its early 20th century heyday. Private railcars ferried famous guests like the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Studebakers to the resort to “take the water” and “take in” the local scene. Casinos on practically every corner helped boost the area’s reputation as America’s playground while stories of gangsters, political heavyweights and sports legends sealed the deal.
 
The National Historic Landmark was meticulously brought back to life as part of the largest privately-funded restoration project in Indiana history and one of the largest such projects nationwide, totaling over $560 million dollars. Now it’s your turn to experience the opulence during this Prohibition-era gala complete with big band music, art deco-inspired decor and a lavish 3-course meal, all to benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital. Costumes encouraged.

BREAKFAST AT DAWN – $25/person
Sunday, October 6
Wake up to a warm breakfast buffet while the Concours cars are beginning to take their final place on the field.

CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE VIP EXPERIENCE – $60/person
Sunday, October 6
Enjoy the Louisville Concours d’Elegance at West Baden Springs Hotel in style. Some of the most famous and historic collector cars in the country will be on display on the grounds of the West Baden Springs Hotel, a signature hotel of the French Lick Resort. Over 70 cars will be competing for the coveted “Best in Show” crystal trophy. Ticket price includes show admission, lunch in the VIP tent, snacks, two drink tickets and event program.

GENERAL ADMISSION – $15/person in advance; $20/person at the gate

Sunday, October 6
Some of the most famous and historic collector cars in the country will be on display on the grounds of the West Baden Springs Hotel, a signature hotel of the French Lick Resort. Over 70 cars will be competing for the coveted “Best in Show” crystal trophy. Other activities planned include refreshments and entertainment, a “Kids & Cars” tent and other exciting events. Free admission for children 12 and under. Event program and complimentary shuttle service from French Lick Springs Hotel included with ticket price.

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