Event Report: Greenwich Concours knocks it out the park!
Fast becoming one of the must-see classic Conours events on the global calendar, 2018's edition proved to be a potent mixture of great cars and great people
Having been present at various concours events for somewhere around 20 years, in my time attendees have showcased the good, the bad and the downright ugly. Most editions have their own charm, bringing me back time after time, whereas some strike me as relatively unmemorable.
However, there is a third category; the one you wished could be your Groundhog Day. For me, this year’s Greenwich Concours d’Elegance was just that.
Not only did the Concours have an amazing assortment of cars and great lead up events – including the Cunningham panel discussion – but the people who attended as exhibitors, judges, and spectators were all true enthusiasts.
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This was evident with everyone you spoke to or overheard. The Cunningham cars probably had something to do with it, being on site for both the Saturday and Sunday, but it seems the Greenwich Concours has risen to another level. And it’s down to the truly exceptional automotive turn out. If you doubt this, take a look at the list of some of the class winners.
Saturday saw a strong field of American cars from amazing full-on classics to real crowd pleasers, such as the Best of Show winning 1934 Packard Convertible Victoria owned Judge Joseph & Margie Cassini, III and the 1952 Cunningham C-3 that belongs to Joseph Robillard.
In addition, there was an amazing Corvette class that included a one-off 1963 Coupe built for a GM exec and a 1968 L88 Corvette Convertible, both of which were incredibly restored.
Another standout class remained the large number of John Fitch cars, including a number of Fitch Sprint Corvairs and the unique Fitch Phoenix.
Sunday saw an equally illustrious field with standouts including the Best of Show Sports car, the 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Spider Scaglietti of Scuderia N.E. and the Elegance award, this year going to the 1935 SS1 Tourer of Colin Seid and Richard Annis.
Other highlights included a fabulous all original 1500 mile from-new BMW M6, a Bitter CD which was restored to a level matching the quality of any car at Pebble Beach, an astounding 100% original 1955 300SL Gullwing that received the Road&Track award and more than 10 Jaguar SS100’s in every body type and color you can imagine.
While the cars set the show’s foundations, the people were even better. The enthusiasts I judged alongside included David Hobbs, former Road&Track editor John Lamm, Speedvision founder Roger Werner, noted Shelby expert Colin Comer, and celebrated author Ken Gross as the head judge of the event.
These knowledgeable judges, combined with a veritable who’s who exhibiting at the event, made the show all that much more special. Think noted author Tom Cotter, collector T.G Mittler, preservation expert Dr. Fred Simeone, Miles Collier of the Revs Institute, to name a few.
Also, if that wasn’t enough, Cunningham owner and Cunningham gathering co-organiser Chuck Schoendorf was on hand to front walk-thru talks of the Cunningham cars and give the unique history of each. Tom Cotter actually brought along Briggs Cunningham’s personal fur stadium coat which I had the opportunity to wear on Sunday afternoon!
The combination of great cars and fantastic people are what make a concours truly great, and this year Mary Wennerstrom and her staff at Greenwich hit a home run. The Greenwich Concours d’ Elegance is an event that is raising the bar and quickly becoming one of the top 10 concours events in the U.S. Here's to next year!
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