February 26, 2023

Experience AZ

33rd Annual Copperstate 1000 returns to Arizona

The 33rd annual Bell Lexus North Scottsdale Copperstate 1000, presented by the Men’s Arts Council, returns to Arizona in April 2023. It is one of North America's most celebrated vintage car road rallies, showcasing some of the finest working examples of vintage, sports, racing, classic, and grand touring automobiles manufactured before the 1974 model year.

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“Whether you're a die-hard fan or simply looking for family entertainment, you won't want to miss this event. There is absolutely nothing like it,” said Men’s Arts Council President Joel Coen. “The cars that participate in this event come from around the world and many have a multi-million dollar price tag.” 

Every year, a new route traverses 1,000 miles of beautiful desert terrain, river verdant valley, and alpine landscape across Arizona and beyond. Approximately 90 vintage automobiles participate, with drivers and co-drivers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. The connections created at these rallies often blossom into lifetime friendships, and many attendees come back year after year. 

The Copperstate 1000 has always boasted very notable cars including a 1952 Cunningham C2 Lemans race car, a 1953 Studebaker Commander, a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano, a 1960 Aston Martin DB4, a 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ1 Zagato, a 1965 Shelby Cobra, and a 1978 Porsche 911 Carrera RS. 

“We have been running this event since 1990 in support of the Phoenix Art Museum, and it has always been a great success,” said Copperstate 1000 Chairman Doug Hodges. “We have devoted fanatics who have supported us for years, and we also see new enthusiasts participating in the event every year, so we are extremely interested to see the crowd that turns up this year.” 

Bell Lexus North Scottsdale has been the title sponsor of the Copperstate 1000 for over 20 years and plays an intricate role in the rally’s success. The luxury car dealer lends the special event five brand new vehicles in the event that a rally car is not able to finish.

The public and fans of all ages can view the cars participating in the Copperstate 1000 before they depart for their journey at the Copperstate send-off event. It takes place at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Sunday, April 16 beginning at 7:30 a.m. where the vehicles are lined up around the outfield and announced as they begin to depart at 10 a.m. There will also be a local car show in the West lot of the stadium starting at 7:30 a.m. Local car enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their cars for display in the West lot. Coffee and donuts will also be available for purchase in the West parking lot. 

The 33rd Annual Copperstate 1000 runs from Sunday, April 16 through Wednesday, April 19, 2023. Applications to participate in the event are due on January 31, 2023, and can be submitted online at https://mensartscouncil.com/copperstate-1000/