Philanthropy Meets Horsepower at the Morgan Adams Concours D’Elegance

Classic vehicles meet noble cause at Denver’s Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance.

Classic cars at the Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance
Photo courtesy of Morgan Adams Foundation.

In Denver’s social calendar, there are events, and then there are events. Earning its own italicized emphasis is the Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance, a rhapsody of revving engines, glittering chrome, and roaring propellers that graces Centennial Airport each August.

The Concours d’Elegance is a cornucopia of sleek speed, boasting an array of aircraft, automobiles, and motorcycles that span across time from the earliest epochs of air and auto to our modern age of jet planes and supercars. More than a party, this event is an exclusive aircraft, automobile, and motorcycle preview that bills itself as the longest-standing Concours event in the Western United States.

This is your chance to set your sights on some of the rarest and most coveted vehicles in the world. Last year’s Concours gave us a glimpse of the 1958 Alfa Romeo Giuletta Spider Veloce, a 1966 Shelby GT-350, a classic 1956 Mercedes 300SL, and a rare 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, among others.

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What sets this Concours apart is its commitment to dynamic displays. With more than 30% of its Static Display Collection rotating each year, event-goers have the chance to see, learn, and converse about fresh machines that are rarely seen together. Each year, the Morgan Adams Foundation presents an ever-changing lineup of vehicles that span all eras of collectibles, from the pioneering days of motorized transport to today’s modern marvels of private aviation. Of course, there are some rules of the road. Vehicles are to be “original,” either restored to original configuration or maintained as if they’ve just left the factory.

Over 2,000 people—philanthropists, enthusiasts, and collectors—attend the annual event to admire these beautiful machines. This high-octane gathering fuels a noble cause—the Morgan Adams Foundation, a beacon of hope for children, teens, and young adults battling cancer. With proceeds furthering research into new treatment options, the Morgan Adams Concours d’Elegance is where philanthropy meets horsepower, a tour de force of generosity and gearheads.

This hangar party with a conscience is the Rolls-Royce of Denver’s social scene. It’s not just about the roar of engines, the gleam of polished chrome, or the allure of vintage luxury—it’s about shifting gears to accelerate change and drive a future where no child has to fight cancer alone. It’s about being a part of something bigger, all while appreciating some of the finest vehicles and aircraft ever built. Strap yourself in. It promises to be one heck of a ride.