Concours in the Hills 12925 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills
Concours in the Hills Shatters Multiple Records, Driving World-Class Care for Phoenix Children’s Hospital
The 7th Annual Gila River Hotels & Casinos Concours in the Hills, a Scuderia Southwest event raised $250,000 for Phoenix Children’s on Saturday, February 8.
Against the lush backdrop of the sprawling Fountain Park, car enthusiasts from across the Southwest showcased a record 1,052 collector and exotic vehicles to thrill racecar drivers, owners and spectators. The show launched with a symphony of roaring engines from celebrated pros including Casey Mears (winner of the Coca Cola 600); Derek Daly (competed for 5 years in F1 and Indy Cars for 8 years); Arie Luyendyk (two time Indy 500 winner, Daytona & Sebring winner); Didier Theys (Daytona, Sebring, Spa and LeMans winner); Paul Tracy (Indy Car Champion); Lyn St. James (Rookie of the Year at Indy, winner at Daytona, Sebring); Harley Cluxton (raced for Ferrari at LeMans) and Valerie Thompson (the world’s fastest female motorcycle racer at 328MPH). All are local residents of the Valley.
The exciting diversity in vehicles ranged from American and international sports cars to the very rare and valuable, including the only Lone Star Cobra ever built by Shelby, a D-type and an XK-SS Jaguar. The show also featured military brawn including several US Marine Corps attack helicopters flown in from San Diego by active military brass. Porsche USA featured a special reveal presentation of the Taycan, an all-electric high-performance sports car. The show featured music from local radio station 94.9 The Wow Factor, food trucks and fanfare for a lively, social atmosphere where car fanatics and casual observers converged for a good cause.
“Concours in the Hills exceeded all expectations this year.” said Steve Schnall, senior vice president and chief development officer of Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Scuderia Southwest’s continued commitment to the children and families at Phoenix Children’s is fueled by Peter Volny’s relentless drive. This year his team thrilled spectators with showmanship on wheels and military muscle. It’s so fitting these world-class cars help raise funds for world-class care, and we’re grateful.”
Peter Volny, the event’s Founder, along with David Crofford at Scuderia Southwest, says this active club of car aficionados is as passionate about helping kids with cancer as they are about cars. A pediatric cancer survivor, former racecar driver and advertising mogul, Volny said he and his wife, Linda, visited the Hospital and were touched by the strength and resilience of the children they met there.
“Mother Nature played her part in giving us idyllic weather conditions, and it’s safe to say Scuderia Southwest Club accelerates fundraising as quickly as their cars,” said Volny. “This event is a mammoth one to execute. It wouldn’t have been possible without an army of dedicated volunteers; there are no paid staff. It fills us with gratitude to know that while we’re enjoying our ‘toys,’ we can help children facing the most difficult challenge of their lives enjoy a space in the Hospital where they can find toys, too.”
Congratulations to our auction and 50/50 raffle winners!
Auction Winner – David S.
50/50 Raffle Winner – James R.