The 19th Greenwich Concours d’ Elegance: A Festival of Speed and Style was held over the weekend of May 31 – June 1 in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park by the Greenwich Harbor. The Connecticut Concours is just the right size – big enough for an incredible selection of cars, yet small enough so that every car on the field has a chance to parade by the stand at the end of the day. Concours organizers annually assemble a show of unique cars which can apply to show once every three years. Concours proceeds benefit AmeriCares programs.
Saturday is the Concours Americana where domestic antique automobiles share the lawn with 70’s muscle cars. It was a warm but cloudy day, but the passing rain ended just in time for the parade and awards, while the clouds hung around for dramatic photos.
No show of American cars is complete without the iconic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. While the definition of classic car varies, the Classic Car Club of America considers only certain cars built from 1925-1948 as classic cars, so the Bel Air isn’t technically in that category. However, it’s considered “antique” under their definitions, and “pretty awesome” under mine.
As Ford is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the launch of the Mustang this year, there were a few beautiful pony cars – including this 1964 1/2 Mustang convertible.
Electric cars are nothing new, and there’s no range anxiety with the 1914 Detroit Electric – it advertised 80 miles on a single charge, and an endurance run proved it could go 211 miles. This particular car once belonged to the mother-in-law of President Dwight Eisenhower, who we can thank for passing a bill to fund the construction of the U.S. highway system.
Fans of dirt track racing can especially appreciate this early Franklin Model M Dirt Track Racer.
The oldest car at the Concours was the 1902 Packard Model F Rear Entry Tonneau. Second-row passengers step up into the car through a space dividing the back seat. The second-oldest was a similarly-configured 1903 Ford Model A Rear Entrance Tonneau.
An absolutely breathtaking Packard from the Marano Collection, the 1953 Balboa Two-Door Hardtop earned the Grand Marshall’s Award. The Balboa an is a one-of-a-kind concept car that was saved from the crusher decades ago.
Skip Barber drove by in his 1958 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham with suicide doors, and took home the Chairman’s Choice Award.
Dancing ladies in jazz-era dresses paraded in with another Packard, the 1928 Model 443, winning a prize for their costumes. Some exhibitors get in the spirit of their vehicles’ era adding a bit of fun to the nostalgia.
Two of the more unusual vehicles at Saturday’s Concours were the three-wheeled TriHawk 304 Roadster, which proved to be a bit of a puzzle for show officials, but they eventually decided it was indeed Concours-worthy. The Terrafugia Transition – a modern flying car – was one of two vehicles at the concours that quite literally fly.
Winning the ultimate award of “Best in Show” was a stunning 1935 Duesenberg SJ562 Dual Cowl Phaeton owned by Sonny and Joan Abagnale.