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Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit incorporated in the State of Florida. We exist to support Tampa Bay charities that serve children who are most in need in our community. We operate through direct donations and monies raised through our annual juried classic car competition featuring rare, original, and historically important vehicles.
CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF AUTOMOTIVE EXCELLENCE
THE MOST RARE, ORIGINAL, EXQUISITE AND HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT AUTOMOBILES & MOTORCYCLES WILL BE ON DISPLAY.
This is the only true Concours d'Elegance in the Tampa Bay/ Central Florida Area, and the name "Gasparilla" is synonymous with the Tampa Bay area's most famous social season.
Tampa's Gasparilla festivities begin in January every year, since 1904, celebrating the legend of the invasion of the city by the fictional (or not!) pirate Jose Gaspar. The mayor of Tampa relinquishes the keys to the city, and we are invaded by a pirate ship filled with hundreds of the cities finest business people and founding families of Tampa, all in the name of fun and charity. The Mardi Gras styled event draws hundreds of thousands of spectators. If you include the many additional events associated with the Gasparilla season, there are millions of participants and spectators involved with Gasparilla.
The difference between a car show and a Concours d'Elegance, is primarily:
1. Invitation Only, cars must apply to be accepted into the event
2. Vehicles are judged on their originality, quality condition, rareness.
3. Concours' are judged events to benefit a designated charity