Concours d’Elegance Award

The Concours d’Elegance Award is the most prestigious award presented at the Bay to Birdwood. It follows the original Concours d’Elegance format in that the overall appearance of the vehicle and passengers is judged.

Established at the very beginning of the event in 1980, the Award has been won by some of the finest historic vehicles in Australia. The inaugural winners in 1980 were Stephen, Christina, Gabriella and Elizabeth Boros with their 1930 Model A Ford.


All vehicles entered in the Concours d’Elegance Award will be judged at a separate pre-judging event in the morning of Saturday 21 October 2023 in the Courtyard Precinct of the Migration Museum, State Library of South Australia, and South Australian Museum. Please make sure you can attend the pre-judging event if you intend to enter the Concours d’Elegance Award. 

Since 2020 there have been two Concours d’Elegance Awards, one for the Pre-1950 Vehicle and one for the Post-1950 Vehicle.

The finalists will be judged by the technical experts. 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 is associated with the era of their vehicle. All finalists receive a certificate and the overall winner receives the prized Concours Trophy.

The primary scoring system is broken into three parts:

  1. the vehicle
  2. the occupants’ attire
  3. the overall effect of the vehicle/occupant(s).

The entries gaining the highest combined scores are announced as finalists.

As an Concours d’Elegance Award entrant, your vehicle must be presented in a suitable condition and comply with the Bay to Birdwood rules. For more information see Event Regulations Bay to Birdwood 2023

Previous Winners

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