Auto d’Elegance car show to raise funds for symphony
by Patricia Sousa
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For the second year in a row, the Santa Cruz Symphony League will be hosting the Auto d’Elegance car show fundraiser at Canepa in Scotts Valley on Saturday, Sept. 13.

All proceeds for this show of rare and exotic cars will benefit the Santa Cruz Symphony, said Roger Knacke, president of the Santa Cruz Symphony League.

The main goal of the event, he said, is to help pay for the general operating expenses of the Santa Cruz Symphony, as well as educational programs that teach children about music in schools.

“It was successful last year,” said Knacke. “That was the first year we did it and it exceeded our expectations in terms of ticket sales.”

Last year’s fundraiser drew in approximately 160 guests and featured a drive-around in Scotts Valley with approximately 23 cars, he said.

Canepa is sponsoring the event, and will have many exotic and restored cars on display, Knacke said.

“They are primarily cars from the 1950s on.” Knacke said. “Cars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Jaguars, and a Ford Woodie, then there are restored and historic race cars, both for sale and in the museum.”

This year’s event begins at 3 p.m. and will feature an electrical vehicle drive in that will be on display as well as tours of the Canepa facilities.

“Canepa is one of the biggest restoration shops in the country,” he said.

Canepa is supporting the Santa Cruz Symphony by donating its space, time and personnel said Canepa Marketing Director, John Ficarra.

“We do a full tour of our 70,000-square-foot facility and over 150 cars — millions of dollars of inventory,” said Ficarra. “…It’s almost like your own private Concours d’Elegance right inside our walls.”

Primarily restoring sports cars, exotic cars, and collectable cars, Canepa is known to repair or restore just about anything including hotrods, Ficarra said. The earliest car they have worked on is a 1921 Duesenburg.

“Some people think we are just a museum, some people think we just sell classic cars, but we do so much more here,” said Ficarra. “It’s a bit overwhelming when people come to see it for the first time,”

The Santa Cruz Symphony League is inviting anyone attending the Auto d’Elegance fundraiser to bring and show off interesting cars of any kind, said Knacke.

Besides the car show, the event will feature a jazz band called Friends of Jazz and a barbeque from 5 to 7 p.m.

On that evening, the food will be cooked and served by members of the Santa Cruz Symphony League who will also provide beverages and a variety of food options —including tri-tip, sausage, salmon, and a vegetarian option, Knacke said.

There will also be an auction to go along with the cars, music and food.

The items up for auction include a flight by a twin-engine jet that will do a complete circuit of the Monterey Bay, up to the Golden Gate Bridge, over the San Francisco Bay, and back, said Knacke.


Bruce Canepa, owner of the museum and shop that bears his name, said that the Scotts Valley location has become a popular destination for fundraiser events in recent years.

“We do at least 10 events annually now and all of them are events where different organizations are doing something to raise money to support their on going means…” Canepa said. “I know more than one person involved with the Santa Cruz Symphony so I said absolutely we would be able to provide you a place to do this and raise money.”

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