words: Randy Nelson, photos: Leanne Kopras, Paul Targosz
Editor’s note: This article originally ran in the Q2_2020 issue of quattro Magazine. If you would like to subscribe to quattro Magazine, please join Audi Club here.
Given the temperate climate of Arizona and the time of year, it’s not terribly hard to coax automobile enthusiasts to the Grand Canyon State in the winter. In looking around the show field, seemingly all of those auto enthusiasts flocked to Concours in the Hills this year.
The final count isn’t in yet, but it’s safe to say there were over 1,000 cars gathered on the green grass and rolling hills surrounding the 150-foot fountain in the middle of Fountain Lake in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Despite the impression that may come from the impressive array of cars and well-manicured grass, this is not a “white glove” concours. Rather, it is a fun gathering of car clubs, exotics, race cars, trucks, motorcycles, and one-of-a-kinds. Throw in great weather, military helicopters, some food trucks, and that makes quite a magical mix.
Audi Club Arizona showed 28 cars, including no less than six R8s that attracted the crowd’s attention. The club drew a premium exhibit location that caused the majority of the expected 25,000 spectators to turn a corner around the Audi Club tent and walk first among and then down a line of immaculate Audi vehicles.
The club anticipated the attendance at this show, including cars, owners and spectators, so came fully loaded to use it as its biggest recruiting event, handing out brochures and issues of quattro Magazine. A raffle was also held, giving away an ACAZ rolling bag.
Concours in the Hills benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital and has raised over $539,000 since starting in 2014. Audi Club Arizona is excited to hear the final donation amount generated at this year’s show, but you can guarantee it will be well over 6 figures once again.