A Concours d'Elegance literally, a competition of elegance, is basically a car show. But what a show! From the manicured lawns of Pebble Beach to the splendid palace of Italy Villa d ste, the concours displays rare and beautiful cars, restored to perfection and gleaming like the multimillion-dollar jewels they are. In such venues, cars are judged by various criteria, including historical accuracy as well as the elegance of their presentation and a 100-point car is a rare gem indeed.

But you don't have to be a millionaire collector to buff up and enter your car in the BMW CCA concours. Indeed, most CCA chapter concours events have more to do with members lavish attention to cleanliness and preparation than to authentic details, though the judges do pay attention to historical accuracy and technical merit as well as fanatical housekeeping.