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Danville d'Elegance car show weekend returns to downtown

Events raise money to support Parkinson’s disease research, patient care

Danville will be invaded by a fleet of classic, sports performance and exotic vehicles this weekend, as the Danville d’Elegance weekend returns to the town’s streets.

In its continued efforts to raise money in support of Parkinson’s disease research and patient care, Danville d’Elegance is bringing two days of activities organized entirely by volunteers. The weekend concludes on Sunday with its biggest event, the Concours d'Elegance, a car show that is overflowing with a diverse collection of automobiles, wooden yachts and cruisers, motorcycles and vintage trailers.

Festivities begin Saturday morning in Walnut Creek, 2103 N. Main St., where for $250 participants can drive around with other classic cars in a tour of the East Bay. Coffee, light refreshments and a full lunch with wine tasting will be provided for participants.

Later that evening the Gala Dinner d’Elegance at the Blackhawk Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Cir., will give participants the opportunity to wine, dine and bid in both a silent and live auction. Diner will be accompanied by the musical stylings of Maria Muldaur and Her Red Hot Bluesiana Band, who received wide acclaim for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis.” Tickets are $325 per person, doors open at 5 p.m.

The weekends pièce de résistance, is as always Sunday's Concours d'Elegance, where a huge diverse set of vehicles will inhabit downtown Danville from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vehicles from across the Bay will be judged by French Concours rules, meaning that submissions will be judged on the visual impact they make. Awards will be given out by class at 3 p.m.

Day-of-event vehicle registration will take place from 8-9 a.m. at the intersection of Railroad and West Prospect avenues. Vehicles can be registered for $125, motorcycles for $40.

Drivers should be aware, downtown road closures will accompany the car show, Hartz Avenue will be closed from Diablo Road to School Street, along with the side streets of Prospect Avenue and Church Street, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Motorists are advised to exercise caution as there will be heavier than usual pedestrian traffic.

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