The History of the Scarsdale Concours

The Scarsdale Concours d’ Elegance was founded by Evan Cygler and Denis O’Leary III, both classmates at Windward School and Scarsdale Schools. Evan is a graduate of The University of Arizona and Denis is a graduate of Washington and Lee University. The show was created in response to three items; (I) a desire to showcase Scarsdale students as part of a constructive and giving community, (II) a passion for great cars – both new and vintage, and (III) the opportunity to raise significant funds for area charities.

In Fall of 2003 the founders were talking about doing something fun and worthwhile involving their love of cars, and the simple idea of a car day snowballed into their first Concours. Everyone they talked to loved the idea and received active support from numerous constituencies including the police, local government, merchants and car collectors. The event serves as a great lesson that anything is possible. In the past six years the event has raised over $160,000.00 for charities across Westchester County.

As Evan and Denis are pursuing business careers, the Scarsdale Historical Society has assumed responsibility for the event to ensure that the legacy established by Evan and Denis will continue for many years.  The Scarsdale Concours thanks the owners and the attendees—they are the heart of the show!


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