Parade Concours d'Elegance presented by Porsche

The Porsche Parade Concours d’Elegance is the premier Parade competition event and the highlight of Parade week. Concours d’Elegance is a French term for “competition of elegance”, where cars are displayed and judged. The Concours d’Elegance features Porsche cars of all ages, colors, makes, and models. From meticulous restorations to daily drivers, Parade attendees have been participating in this grand tradition for over 60 years.

Concours d’Elegance can sound intimidating for a first-time participant. Trust us, it is not! Cars are organized based on year and model. Each area of the car - exterior, interior, engine, wheels, etc. - is evaluated by a team of judges. The judges use a point system, with the highest score winning.

There are four main groups in the Parade Concours d’Elegance:

Preparation Groups I and II: This is the most popular Concours group. Cleanliness and preparation are the keys to winning. In the Preparation groups, it does not matter whether the car is original. Within the Preparation Groups, are three classes:

Street: This is the best class to start in if you are new to Concours, and the perfect class for daily-driven Porsches. Judges only look at the interior and the exterior of the car.

Touring: This class is a level up from the Street class. Once you have participated in a few Concours, the Touring class is the next step. Here, the judges look at all aspects of the car, except for the undercarriage.

Full Concours: The Full Concours division subjects all areas of the car to an evaluation - even the undercarriage and the toolkit. When you are ready to compete against the best in Concours, this is the class for you.

Preservation: This group is for cars maintained in their original condition, with evidence that the car has been reasonably driven and not simply stored. The car will be evaluated against the Kardex, Certificate of Authenticity, or the original Monroney Label (window sticker). Entrants are required to produce one of these documents to be judged in this group. In the Preservation Group, judges will look at all areas of the car. This group is for cars at least 20 years old.

Restoration: This group is for cars that have been restored or rebuilt. Cars are not judged on originality. However, the car is expected to be period-correct. For example, a car may have new paint, so long as the paint color is appropriate for the year of the car.

2019 Parade Competition Rules

2019 Parade Competitive Classes

Parade Concours 101 and One-on-One Individual Coaching

Saturday July 20 at 5:00 to 6:00 PM and Sunday July 21 at 7:00 to 8:00 AM in room Valencia room

A must-attend seminar for first time concours participants. A briefing on the protocol, rules and what to expect will be presented along with individual coaching at your Porsche. The classroom session will help reduce some of the intimidation of what will be a fun experience. A review of some helpful preparation techniques will also be discussed. This will be presented by Pat Yanahan who has been both a long-time Parade judge and a multiple Concours winner. He will be joined by Michael Grove who is also a Parade winner.

Additionally, they will be available for one-on-one review of your Porsche by email and phone as well as at your preparation location both Saturday and Sunday for individual coaching. Send an email to Pat at to set up an appointment. These two members from the Chicago Region have been coaching and competing for over 25 years and will share their experiences.