The Councours d’Elegance Trophy is the most prestigious award presented at the Bay to Birdwood and is held each year in association with both the Run and the Classic. It follows the original Concours d’Elegance format in that the overall appearance of the vehicle and passengers is judged.
The Trophy has been won by some of the finest historic vehicles in Australia. Established at the very beginning of the event in 1980, only 19 awards have been presented in 38 years.
Enter Your Vehicle
To be a part of this category, please indicate your interest clearly on the entry form and attach a photograph of the vehicle for the Organisers consideration. Traditionally, Concours entrant vehicles are flagged off first at the Start to facilitate their arrival at the National Motor Museum for the two stages of judging.
An initial judging of all Concours d’Elegance vehicles will take place with teams of non-technical judges inspecting the vehicles and occupants. It is therefore important that you, and your passengers, are prepared to remain with your vehicle until advised that this first round of judging is completed.
The primary scoring system is broken into three parts:
- the vehicle
- the occupants’ attire
- the overall effect of the vehicle/occupant(s).
The entries gaining the highest combined scores are announced as finalists.
The three finalists selected will move to a presentation area where the final judging will take place. It is then the task of the technical experts to judge the vehicles and the dress of the entrants. The vehicles are assessed on a number of areas including paint, engine bay, interior and overall effect. The dress of the entrants is judged according to how closely their appearance associates with the era of their vehicle. All finalists receive a certificate and the overall winner receives the prized Concours Trophy.
Concours d'Elegance Rules
- All vehicles must comply with the conditions of entry.
- A photo which clearly displays your vehicle as it will be shown on the day must be submitted with your entry form. Additional photographs may be requested by the Organisers.
- Vehicles must be presented for judging at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood in the allocated judging area. Drivers/riders must stay with their vehicle until judging is completed.
- Shortlisted finalists may be asked to relocate their vehicles to a display area at some point after judging is completed.
- There will be a stage presentation to the winner.
- Vehicles arriving at the site after midday may not be able to be judged and may be declared ineligible.
- As entrants of the award you vehicle must be presented in a suitable condition for the competition (suitable means a well presented and detailed vehicle, it does not mean faded paint, ripped, torn or badly worn interior or vehicles in a overall poor condition.)
- Minor modifications aimed at ensuring road worthiness and safety of the vehicle (eg. electric starters, seat belts) are permitted.
- If you decide to withdraw from the award for any reason, please advise the Organisers as soon as possible to avoid any confusion on the day. Refunds of award category fees are not available.
- The winner receives a complementary studio photo shoot of their vehicle which will take place on Monday 1 October.
Judging will be undertaken by an expert panel.
There will be only one overall winner, however, all finalists will be presented with a finalist certificate.
- Any vehicle that wins an award will NOT be eligible to win or enter the award section for the next ten consecutive Bay to Birdwood events.
- Previous winning vehicles are encouraged to enter the event and will be displayed with other previous award winning vehicles. Please contact the Organisers if you are entering a Bay to Birdwood award winning vehicle.
Bay to Birdwood Classic 2017 Winner
Congratulations to first-time entrant, Paul Mason and his 1968 Holden HK Monaro
Bay to Birdwood Run 2016 Winner
Congratulations to the lovely family of Ryan, Kirsty and Flynn Turner who won with their 1926 Pontiac which has been in the family for 40 years.
Bay to Birdwood Classic 2015 Winner
Congratulations to the delightful family of Mark & Julia, Chloe & Amber Kraulis who won with their 1956 Chevrolet Belair.
Bay to Birdwood Run 2014 Winner
Congratulations to John and Robyn Whittaker who won the Concours d’Elegance at the 2014 Bay to Birdwood Run with their 1953 Mercedes 300s.
Bay to Birdwood Classic 2013 Winner
Congratulations to Anthony and Luisa Perre who won the Concours d’Elegance at the 2013 Bay to Birdwood Classic with this 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Coupe.
Past Winners of the Concours d'Elegance
Bay to Birdwood Run
- 2016 Ryan and Kirsty Turner – 1926 Pontiac
- 2014 John and Robyn Whittaker – 1953 Mercedes 300s
- 2012 Jason Edwards – 1955 MG TF 1500
- 2010 Neil & Gaynor Francis – 1914 Napier T68 Tourer
- 2008 David Lean – 1941 BMW R12 Motorcycle Outfit
- 2006 John & Robyn Whittaker – 1952 Mercedes 220
- 2004 Peter Whelan – 1929 Packard Limousine
- 2002 Claude & Elizabeth Minge – 1924 Nash Hearse
- 2000 Don & Marg Evans – 1948 Jaguar Mk V
- 1998 Donald & Elsa Cuppleditch – 1913 Empire Runabout
- 1996 Allan & Judy Steele – 1924 Rugby Tourer
- 1994 Roly & Helen Forss – 1928 Talbot
- 1992 Chris & Jenny Sorenson – 1904 Di Dion
- 1990 Jim M Ellis – 1928 Packard Tourer
- 1988 Mal Verco – 1912 Ford T Runabout & JM Ellis – 1928 Packard Limousine
- 1986 Colin Davis – 1909 Renault
- 1984 Donald & Elsa Cuppleditch – 1913 Empire Runabout
- 1982 Terry Parker – 1908 Matchless Motorcycle
- 1980 Stephen, Christina, Gabriella & Elizabeth Boros – 1930 Model A Ford
Bay to Birdwood Classic
- 2017 Paul Mason – 1968 Holden HK Monaro
- 2015 Mark & Julia, Chloe & Amber Kraulis – 1956 Chevrolet Belair
- 2013 Anthony & Luisa Perre – 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Coupe
- 2011 Peter & Lynda Ninnis – 1958 Ford Skyliner Convertible
- 2009 Leon Parbs – 1969 Ford Capri 1600 GT
- 2007 Greg Meyers – 1971 MV Augusta 125 GTLS Motorcycle
- 2005 Lyell & Julie Blackman – 1956 M.G. A Roadster
- 2003 Mick Mitolo – 1955 M.G. TF Roadster
- 2001 Graham Juttner – 1962 Jaguar Mk II Sedan
- 1999 David Major – 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe
- 1997 Cestra Holdings L P Khabbaz – 1965 Ford XP Coupe