Autumn is nearly upon us, but before the leaves change and antique and exotic cars go into hibernation, the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance was a chance for the public to view and enjoy stunning and significant automobiles. The Fairfield County show, now in its eighth year is still relatively new to the Concours calendar, and is actually Connecticut’s second Concours d’Elegance after Greenwich. While the Greenwich show arguably offers a more elite group of cars and a snazzier venue, the Fairfield County Concours had a more relaxed, informal feel to it, and definitely more family friendly. The cars are not roped off, you can walk right up to them.
Though young, The Fairfield County Concours is showing the signs of being a true blue legit event. Bonhams held an auto auction. The judges are well-known to gearheads. Peter Egan of Road & Track, McKeel Hagerty of classic car insurance company Hagerty Insurance, Tom Cotter, author of “The Cobra in the Barn”, Wayne Carini, host of ‘Chasing Classic Cars” and Jamie Kitman, writer for Automobile were the notables. That’s about as top-tier as you can get.
The cars on the display were a diversified bunch, with no one marque dominating, but I was shocked that there were so few Ferraris, and I did not see a single Lamborghini. A real treat was a small group of Formula 1 race cars, starting with a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix to a 2009 Force India race car. Another highlight was the ‘Barn Find’ class. A barn find Bugatti is about as cool as a barn find can get, and it was a thrill to see the iconic Type 57 on hand. But enough talking, let’s let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Enjoy!