PAPA at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance

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Posted 18 Dec 2016 — by Sam Haymart
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2016 Arizona Concours d'Elegance

The Arizona Biltmore Resort will again host the Arizona Concours d’Elegance where we have a number of opportunities to get an inside track on the the cars and the people who make it happen.

The Legends: Pioneer Women in Racing,” discussion on Saturday, January 14, is one of three panel discussions taking place on the eve of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. Starting at 10 am will be the annual Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA) preview of the collector car auctions happening that week, then the Legends panel at noon, followed at 2 pm by “Drive: The Passion Driving Race Team Owners,” also moderated by Lyn St. James with featured guest Bobby Rahal.

The fourth annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance, January 15, 2017, hosts more than 90 exceptional vintage automobiles competing for awards in 17 classes as well as coveted Best-of-Show. Besides Lincolns of the Classic Era, featured classes for 2017 honor the Cars of Ettore and Jean Bugatti, and Coachwork by Vignale.

If you wish to participate as media, you must register by December 31st. Media registration:

Photo: Arizona Concours d’Elegance

Happy Holidays and on to 2017!

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Posted 07 Dec 2016 — by Sam Haymart
Category PAPA News

It’s that magical time of year when we’re all busy looking forward to the holidays and the new year beyond. We’re hoping your 2016 was a successful one and wish you the best for the season and forward to 2017.

In that way, we welcome a number of new faces that have come to join our local journalist and blogger group this year as we look to another. Who would have thought Phoenix a hotbed of automotive scribes?

Fact is we are growing in numbers each year and the future is looking brighter than ever.

We invite all working media and bloggers who are members and those who may think about joining to consider what the Phoenix Automotive Press Association can offer.

Membership in our group gives us opportunities to network with one another but as important with the auto manufacturers. Throughout the year, events we participate in and organize bring us closer to personalities and news makers all around us here in Phoenix.

As we look to calendar year 2017 you are invited to give us some input and thoughts for coming events we might engage in. If you have an idea, hit the Contact Us link and let us know.

Also it’s that time of year for membership renewals. Annual membership is $25 and takes you though the entire year. If you are renewing please do by January 31st.

Next up in January, we have the Arizona Concours d’Elegance at the Biltmore and all the collector car auctions in Scottsdale. Stay tuned for more!

Photo credit: Mark Elias

Save the date: ALV Media Day October 20th

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Posted 23 Aug 2016 — by Sam Haymart
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offroadAn expanded media day program at this year’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year competition will feature a full day of driving, including off-road courses intended to demonstrate the capabilities of all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. ALV is the only car-of-the-year program that combines the input of professional automotive journalists with elite and area athletes to determine which cars and trucks currently in production best meet the needs of buyers with active lifestyles. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22.

The media day begins with an on-road drive from the San Marcos Hotel in downtown Chandler Arizona to lunch at Eagle Mountain golf club in Fountain Hills. After lunch, participants head northeast to the Butcher Jones Recreation Area in the Tonto National Forest for the off-road event. During the off-road program, journalists can continue to drive on-road vehicle entries through scenic nearby Bush Highway.

Automotive engineer and ALV jury panel member Eric Noble is overseeing the off-road program along with his colleagues at CARLAB, monitoring traffic flow and acting as a second set of eyes in challenging areas on the 20-minute out-and-back course. The out-and-back format facilitates driver swaps so all journalists will have adequate time behind the wheel of vehicle entries.

“As the sales of models with AWD increases, so does the interest in off-pavement exploration among adventurous buyers”, says Noble.  “This feature of ALV is intended to bridge the gap between normal pavement testing and the sort of extreme crawling that requires spotters and is prone to damage vehicles.”

The all-wheel drive course includes moderate elevation gain and a variety of surfaces including loose sand and rock. OEMs can tailor the course to show the specific capabilities of their vehicles by adding more challenging spurs off the main route.

The media program is the first day of ALV, with the athlete’s ride-and-drive and awards lunch on Saturday.

For additional information contact Sam Haymart,, Tyson Hugie,, or Nina Russin,