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Support KCH and admire classic cars at Keeneland Concours d’Elegance

Aerial view of cars at the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance
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From brass era steamers to exotic future classics, over 160 cars will compete at a Kentucky iconic horse racing venues, Keeneland Race Course, July 19-22 during the annual Keeneland Concours d’Elegance.

The Concours and all the associated events and activities are charitable fundraisers in support of the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. The Keeneland Concours d’Elegance has been proud to support the Kentucky Children’s Hospital since 2004. Over the last 15 years, the Concours has raised close to $750,000 to help bring better healthcare to the children of Kentucky.

The weekend’s festivities will begin with the Bourbon Tour on Thursday, July 19.

The tour starts with breakfast at Heirloom Restaurant in Midway. From there, the group will make its way through picturesque horse country to the Old Friends Farm, a thoroughbred retirement farm. Lunch will take place at Wallace Station in Versailles, part of the family of restaurants from Chef Ouita Michel. The trip will conclude with a VIP tour of the Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., led by Mark Coffman, Master Distiller, and Ken Lee, Master Brewer. Find out more.

The Keeneland Concours Bash will be held on Friday, July 20 from 7 to 11 p.m. This year’s theme is fire and ice. Guests are encouraged to show off their most stylish and creative cocktail attire. Get more information.

The weekend’s main event, the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance, will be held at Keeneland on Saturday, July 21 beginning at 9 a.m.

This year’s Concours showcases 160 collector cars and motorcycles, which will compete in 20 judged classes. The featured marque this year is BMW, with classes devoted to BMW motorsports, sports cars and motorcycles. The Concours will also showcase a class of well-preserved carriages as a nod to the equestrian surroundings.

The awards ceremony will start at 3 p.m. when the winning cars from each class will roll across the awards platform.

On Sunday, July 22, drivers will converge on the Keene Library to take part in the 15th annual Tour d’Elegance.

This year’s tour will be a 90-mile ride through some of the best driving roads in the Bluegrass, with a stop along the way at Taylor Made Farm, which is home to racehorse California Chrome. Drivers will then work their way back to Lexington and Red Mile. Get more information on the Sunday tour.

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