La Jolla Historical Society

Founded in 1964, the La Jolla Historical Society collects, preserves, and presents the heritage of the community for the educational benefit of current and future citizens and visitors. The Society is committed to increasing the awareness and appreciation of this heritage by providing access to and interpretation of the community’s historical narrative with educational programs for all ages.

Welcome to the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance!  The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is among the top automotive events in the world, and includes entries from collectors in every competitive class. This celebration of historic and contemporary automobiles and motorcycles is shared by visitors from throughout Southern California, as well as travelers from national and international destinations. The span of history from which these vehicles are drawn covers that of the automobile itself. The care and passion by which these classics are preserved celebrates the engineering and innovativeness by which they were built.  The La Jolla Concours d’Elegance is recognition of the value of this history and of the competitor’s excellence in preservation.

Proceeds from the Concours support the La Jolla Historical Society’s mission to inspire and empower the community to make La Jolla’s diverse past a relevant part of contemporary life, and to serve as a resource and gathering place where residents and visitors explore history, art, ideas and culture. Your ticket purchase and participation makes our free educational and public programs possible throughout the year. We are extremely proud to present the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance and are grateful to the car owners, sponsors, volunteers, judges, committee planners, restorers, and La Jolla merchants. All of these generous supporters are essential to making the event successful. A special thanks to La Jolla Concours d’Elegance co-chairs G. Michael Dorvillier and Robert Kerner, for their  exceptional leadership. And thank you for attending and participating in the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance—we hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Lauren Lockhart

The La Jolla Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with more than 700 members. The Society owns three historic buildings on the site of what was once part of the estate of famous philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, including the historic 1904 Wisteria Cottage where high-quality rotating exhibitions are presented, a 1909 beach cottage that serves as the Society’s offices and public research center, and the adjacent 1894 carriage house which serves as a state-of-the-art archival collection storage facility. The Wisteria Cottage Galleries are open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4:00pm. Admission is free. The offices and public research center is open Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.