RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. – Don Panoz, whose business interests range from automotive development and racing to international resorts and pharmaceutical breakthroughs, has been named grand marshal of the 2014 Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Sunday, Sept. 14.
Panoz builds high-end race and sports cars at his Braselton, Ga. factory and has owned storied race tracks like Sebring, Road Atlanta and Mosport International. His cars won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000, 2003 and 2004, and the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2006.
His 2015 Panoz 25th Anniversary Edition Esperante Spyder, an exclusive hand-built model that celebrates the company’s racing heritage as well as Panoz sports cars of the past 25 years, will be displayed at the Concours, whose theme this year is automotive innovation, according to Chairman Peter Kunoth.
The Concours will be preceded by a Road Rallye on Saturday, Sept. 13, when drivers and passengers can take in the beauty of the Palos Verdes Peninsula while competing for prizes.