The Dodge Brothers on the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2018 (Photo © George Bekris )

The Dodge Brothers on the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Northeast 2018 (Photo © George Bekris )

UNCASVILLE, CONN. – June 25, 2018 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, delivered another incredible record-breaking automotive celebration during its 3rd Annual Northeast Auction, June 20-23, 2018, at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. During the four-day event, 662 vehicles crossed the block with a 99.25 percent sell through rate, selling for more than $24.9 million, while 457 pieces of automobilia brought in over $832,000. Barrett-Jackson also fueled support for charity by raising $1.245 million from the sale of five vehicles, including the historic sale of Dodge’s last production 2017 Viper and 2018 Challenger SRT Demon for $1 million. In total, Barrett-Jackson set a Northeast Auction sales record, reaching nearly $27 million in total sales.

Bill Goldberg (Photo © George Bekris)

Celebrities, including actor and pro wrestler Bill Goldberg, NBA star Ray Allen, NFL player Barkevious Mingo and comedian Jeff Ross were on-site to join in the high-octane auction action. Barrett-Jackson’s Super Saturday was full of adrenaline-filled fun and included a stop from goldRush Rally as they kicked off their 10th Anniversary Rally, which will stop in 10 cities over 10 days across the United States. The rally is comprised of some of the most passionate auto enthusiasts driving the most spectacular supercars on the planet, and this was the first time in goldRush’s history that the rally stopped at a collector car auction during their epic drives.
Craig Barrett (Photo © George Bekris)

Craig Barrett (Photo © George Bekris)

Last Production Dodge Demon unveiling (Photo © George Bekris)

Last Production Dodge Demon unveiling (Photo © George Bekris)

 

“Once again the energy and passion at our Northeast Auction has been incredible to experience this past week,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We kicked off the event in a big way on Family Value Day with the historic unveil of the last production 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon (Lot #3002.1) in Mohegan Sun’s spectacular new Expo Center. The next three days continued to ramp up with hundreds of collectible vehicles and automobilia pieces, Ride ’N Drives, Thrill Rides and interactive exhibits. We were honored to be the first collector car auction to host the goldRush Rally, and Saturday was also highlighted by the charity sales of the last production Dodge Viper and last Demon, along with a 35th Anniversary Chevrolet Corvette to help support our yearlong Driven Hearts charity initiative. It was truly an electric weekend and we thank all of our guests for making it such a memorable auction.”
The top 10 vehicles sold during the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction included:
  1. 1967 Chevrolet Nova Custom Coupe “The Innovator” (Lot #687) – $275,000
  2. 1967 Shelby GT500E Super Snake (Lot #667) – $210,000
  3. 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost (Lot #685) – $203,500 *Record
  4. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon (Lot #650) – $198,000
  5. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS454 LS6 (Lot #670) – $172,700
  6. 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird (Lot #671) – $170,500
  7. 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 396/425 Convertible (Lot #680) – $170,500
  8. 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia (Lot #686) – $170,500
  9. 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Custom Coupe (Lot #689) – $156,800
  10. 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/250 Convertible (Lot #665.1) – $144,100
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Charity sales took center stage during the Northeast Auction with the sale of five vehicles that raised a total of $1.245 million. Pro wrestler Bill Goldberg was on the block to amp up excitement for the last-production models of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon (Lot #3002.1) and 2017 Dodge Viper (Lot #3002). The pair crossed the block on Saturday and together hammered in for $1 million to benefit the United Way. The $100,000 buy fee was donated to Barrett-Jackson’s year long Driven Hearts campaign supporting the American Heart Association. On Saturday evening, a ’88 Corvette 35th Anniversary Edition (Lot #3003) sold for $60,000 benefitting the American Heart Association. On Friday, a ’71 Corvette Sting Ray (Lot #3000) sold to benefit The Klingberg Family Centers and a ’70 Chevrolet C10 Pickup (Lot #3001) sold to benefit the American Red Cross.
“It’s rewarding to be a part of the enthusiasm of the automotive community across the Northeast,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “We’ve been so blessed to have this community behind us over the last three years, which includes their tremendous support of our charity efforts. With the generous support of our consignors and bidders, we have helped raise nearly $104 million to date for people across the country, from all ages and walks, live healthier and more meaningful lives. We’re so grateful to be a part of the good that comes from helping those in need.”
Automobilia was an integral part of the Barrett-Jackson experience during the 3rd Annual Northeast Auction and set a three-day auction record for total sales, selling 457 pieces that offered something for every type of collector and enthusiast. Automobilia sales soared to over $832,000, with the following top five sales:
  1. Late 1960s US Air Force Promotional Jet Shaped Go-Kart (Lot #8288) – $28,175
  2. 1950s Mobil Oil left-facing porcelain Pegasus neon sign (Lot #8297) – $28,175
  3. Hand-Built 1/3-Scale 1956 Corvette SR Prototype Go-Kart (Lot #8268) – $27,600
  4. 1950s Mobil Oil right-facing porcelain Pegasus neon sign (Lot #8298) – $25,875
  5. 1940s Chrysler-Plymouth single-sided neon porcelain sign (Lot #8294) – $23,000
Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Las Vegas Auction is September 27-29, 2018, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. To submit an application to consign at the 2018 Las Vegas Auction, click here. For information on becoming a bidder, go to www.Barrett-Jackson.com/bid. Also, follow Barrett-Jackson on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter for the latest news and information heading into the 2018 Las Vegas Auction.
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The Rhode Island National Guard Open House Air Show comes to Quonset this weekend. Admission is free, and the gates open at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The flying starts at 11. The Blue Angels are back for this year’s show. Here are all the performers, according to the show’s website.

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Who’s Flying

USN Blue Angels
USAF F-35 Heritage Flight Team
US Naval Academy Jump Team
Sean D. Tucker
Mike Goulian
Geico Skytypers
Ace Maker Air Shows T-33
Mark Murphy P-51D Mustang Demo
F4U Corsair Demo
TBM Avenger Demo
Shockwave Jet Truck
C-130J Super Hercules

 

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

Rhode Island National Guard Airshow 2017 ( Photo © George Bekris )

How To Get There

Once again, the state is offering free train rides to the show. The trains leave from Providence (100 Gaspee St.) North Kingstown (Wickford Junction Station, 1011 Ten Road Road) and T.F. Green Airport (700 Jefferson Blvd,) in Warwick.

By car, parking is free but a $10 donation is encouraged. There is also parking for Recreational Vehicles.

By plane, see the “fly-in” directions on the air show’s website.

Rules

No pets, except for service animals.

No coolers, but food is allowed.

No drones.

No lounge chairs (but lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas are ok).

Cameras and video cameras are ok.

 

Larry and Jan Pfitzenmaier brought their Cunningham C-4R ( Photo © George Bekris )

Larry and Jan Pfitzenmaier brought their Cunningham C-4R ( Photo © George Bekris )

Greenwich Connecticut was buzzing with activity this weekend with the 2018 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. The annual event draws attendees from all over the world for a glimpse on some of the rarest of the rare in the automotive industry and is a Northeastern USA must see for many automobile aficionados and collectors.

The 2018 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Best of Show winners!

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© George Bekris

International Best of Show Sport was the 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Spider Scaglietti of Scuderia N.E.

 

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© George Bekris

International Best of Show Elegance was the 1935 SS1 Tourer belonging to Colin Seid and Richard Annis.

 

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© George Bekris

American Best of Show Elegance was the 1934 Packard Convertible Victoria of Judge Joseph & Margie Cassini, III.

Saturday was the Concours Americana featuring domestic autos and motorcycles. Warm and sunny skies made a perfect day for the crowds of admirers to enjoy the various vintage auto and motorcycles. Saturday included a ring of American and Foreign modern supercars.

 

 

Sunday was the International Concours with rings full of Jaguars, Ferraris, Bentleys, MG’s, Triumphs and numerous other makes and models. There was something for every taste.

It was a beautiful weekend for a rare gathering of Briggs Cunningham automobiles highlighted at this year’s Greenwich Concours. It was an amazing feat to gather so many of the autos in one place for the show. There were 37 original Briggs Cunningham autos produced. Out of the 37 that were made there are now only 35 survivors. The owners of the 35 survivors were invited by the Greenwich Concours officials and 33 of those attended the event. I don’t think this milestone will be repeated anytime soon. For instance one couple brought their Cunningham C-4R 2,500 miles from Arizona not sure if the weather would cooperate but taking the chance anyway in order to attend this largest gathering of Cunninghams.

There was a variety of different Cunninghams, from convertibles and coupes to Corvettes as well as a 1962 Maserati Tipo 151 straight in from racing at Monaco two weeks ago. Jay Leno entered his 1953 Cunningham C3. It was an amazing sight to seen them lined up along the waterfront gleaming in the sun.

 

 

The 12 metre America’s Cup yacht Columbia, which Briggs Cunningham was winning skipper of in the 1958 America’s Cup, was at the Delamar Hotel docks next to the concours grounds charter guests enjoyed the sailing on the Long Island sound off of Greenwich.

Bonhams returned to Greenwich, CT for its twelfth annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction on Sunday, June 3rd. Greenwich being less than an hour from New York City drew a large crowd for it’s weekend of premier offerings from barn finds and automobilia to totally restored rare gleaming and historically significant autos. There was also an opportunity to bid on one of two dozen cars from the late Carroll Shelby’s personal collection.

The weekend was a complete success and it’s a wrap until next year. This is an event not to be missed.

( Photo © George Bekris )

( Photo © George Bekris )

Original Cunningham race and street cars, cars of John Fitch, Jaguar SS Cars and Competition Motorcycles to be featured

GREENWICH, Conn.    Recognized as one of the most prestigious classic car shows in the United States, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its 23rd year of showcasing significant cars, motorcycles and one-off automotive creations on June 1-3, 2018. Production and race cars created in the 1950s by the iconic Briggs Cunningham will headline the entire weekend.

The Concours continues its tradition of holding two unique Concours back-to-back, with American cars and motorcycles on Saturday, and foreign marques on Sunday. The event takes place at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park overlooking the Greenwich, Conn., harbor on Long Island Sound.

Miles Collier, one of America’s premier car collectors, and founder of The Revs Institute, has been named the Grand Marshal for this year’s event. The Revs Institute in Naples, Fla., includes the Collier Collection, with 115 automobiles of special historic and technological importance. Many were acquired from the collection of the late Briggs Cunningham, a family friend. The Institute, which fosters deeper understanding of the transformative role of the automobile, also includes the Revs Digital Library of about 500,000 automotive photographs, with emphasis on racing scenes, and a research library with over 20,000 book titles and complete runs of automotive periodicals in English, French, Italian and German. https://revsinstitute.org

The display of Cunningham cars from around the country is being organized by “Barn Find Hunter” Tom Cotter of Charlotte, N.C., and Cunningham collector and historian Charles Schoendorf, of Rowayton, Conn. Lined up along the waterfront both days will be the 1952 C-4R Le Mans roadster from the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, and most of the 25 Vignale-bodied C-3 coupes and cabriolets.

“This will be the most comprehensive collection of Cunningham race cars, touring cars and team cars assembled at one time and place, ever, including at the factory,” says Schoendorf. “A turnout of cars like this will not happen any time soon again, if ever.”

Cunningham, who died in 2003 at the age of 96, is best known as an America’s Cup skipper, race-car builder, driver and team owner. He made the Greens Farms section of Westport, Conn., his home from the ’20s through the ’60s. He fielded his early race cars for Sam and Cowles “Miles” Collier out of his carriage house, and later kept his car collection there before moving it out of state. The Cunningham family remained at the Greens Farms compound until the death of his daughter Lucie Cunningham McKinney in 2014.

On Saturday, cars from one of Cunningham’s most notable race-car drivers, the late John Fitch, of Lime Rock, Conn., will also be on display. A highly-respected driver of the ’50s and ’60s, Fitch was also a safety pioneer and a World War II fighter pilot. The 1966 Fitch Phoenix, owned by Charles Mallory, of Greenwich, Conn., will be part of the display, along with the 1952 Fitch-Whitmore Le Mans Special.

Sunday’s Concours will host a special display of Jaguars, with a focus on the rare pre-war SS Cars. The SS 100, SS 90, SS 1 Tourer and SS 1 Coupe are all scheduled to be shown.

The weekend will also feature the presentation of A Century of Competition Motorcycles by American Iron Magazine publisher Buzz Kanter, of New Canaan, Conn., which will showcase race bikes of various styles from the early 1900s to the present. “I’ve heard motorcycle racing started when the first motorcycle rider came across another on the road. And it’s been full throttle ever since,” Kanter says.

“This year’s Concours promises to be one of the best displays of cars and motorcycles ever,” says Concours Chairman Mary Wennerstrom. “We have collectors coming from all over North America, including Canada, nearly half of the 50 states and, of course, Connecticut. It is very exciting to have so many people in the collector car world gathering in Greenwich! And we are honored to have Miles Collier serve as our Grand Marshal.”

The beneficiary of the Greenwich Concours for the 23rd year is Americares, a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. The Stamford, Conn.-based organization is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies.

VIP tickets are available on a limited basis. VIP Tickets include early entry at 8 a.m., breakfast and lunch with the car collectors and judges, entrance to the Bonhams cocktail party on Friday night, poster, lapel pin, program and VIP lanyard.

• Gates open at 10 a.m. for general admission, 8 a.m. for VIP ticket holders

• Advance tickets for both days are available at $30 per day or $50 for both days

  • Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $40 per day or $60 for both days• Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult• VIP Admission is $150 per day or $250 for both days• SaturdayNight Gala tickets are available for $175• Tickets can be purchased at http://www.greenwichconcours.com/visitors/tickets/

Mapfre, Volvo Ocean 65 - © Tom Gruitt/CWL

Mapfre, Volvo Ocean 65 – © Tom Gruitt/CWL

 

Two world speed sailing records fell today in the Sevenstar Triple Crown series at Lendy Cowes Week, subject to ratification by the World Speed Sailing Record Council.

The Spanish Volvo Ocean 65 Mapfre completed the 50 mile course around the Isle of Wight in 3 hours, 13 minutes and 11 seconds, setting a new outright Around Isle of Wight world record by a monohull yacht.

Her time was 6 minutes 58 seconds ahead of that set by Mike Slades’ 100ft ICAP Leopard in 2013. Unlike the Volvo Ocean 65s, ICAP Leopard has powered winches. Mapfre therefore also beat the previous world record for a monohull without power assistance by an impressive margin of more than 36 minutes.

Propelled by winds gusting to 40 knots on the south side of the Isle of Wight, the next four boats in the race – Team Brunel, Team Akzonobel and Dongfeng Race Team – also beat the previous record times.

“We had a good start, were able to control the fleet a bit, and then we were always in the lead,” said Mapfre skipper Xabi Fernandez. “It was a very close race with the other boats, there were some very fast moments, and it was great fun.”

“We were delighted with this first opportunity for the fleet to compete together and show their speed at Lendy Cowes Week’s Sevenstar Triple Crown.” added VOR race director Phil Lawrence.

“It was fantastic to see such a long-standing record being broken,” says Wouter Verbraak, head of Racing Yacht Logistics at Sevenstar Yacht Transport. “We’re now looking forward to seeing other record breaking yachts and their crews raising the bar still further at the next Sevenstar Triple Crown.”

 

More information at www.cowesweek.co.uk

 

 

Photo by George Bekris

Barrett-Jackson kicked of their Northeast 2017 festivities early this year by sponsoring the New England Concours d’Elegance and adding it to their summer docket. This extends the high end automotive extravaganza to a two weekend affair. They hosted the competition on Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18 outdoors on the Mohegan Sun grounds in Uncasville, Connecticut where thousands drew later in the week for the Barrett-Jackson auction in the arena.

The auction in it’s 2nd year at Mohegan Sun attracted thousands of patrons to take in the wide array of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles and automobilia. Many register to bid on the items up for auction, most of which were for sale with “no reserve.”  Thousands more come for the day, two or three days of watching the fast paced bidding and enjoying the exhibits in the event. They fill the upper seats above the bidders in the arena to take in the spectacle.

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Barrett-Jackson Auctions have been holding events for 46 years. It’s become such a popular yearly auto event that it has branched out across the United States from it’s home in Scottsdale to include events in Palm Beach, Las Vegas and now Mohegan Sun. This year’s The Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction sold 630 vehicles and 685 pieces of automobilia for a total of all sales of approximately $24.3 million.

For the thrill seekers there were the Ride ’N Drives and Thrill Rides. The Big Three automakers—Ford, General Motors and Chrysler were offering rides. There were Dodge Charger Hellcats, Challengers and Vipers and GT350R’s  with pro drivers on a rubber burning course for those craving a bit of extra excitement. Throughout the event while outdoors you could hear the revving of engines, burnouts and squealing tires as cars drifted through corners on the closed off special purpose track. The lines formed from early morning to closing at the popular attractions.

 

One of the sale highlights was the 1966 Shelby GT350-H Fastback that sold for $220,000.

 

A 1947 Indian Chief Motorcycle with Sidecar sold for $110,000 dollars.  It was painted a custom teal color and adorned with a brown seat and bags.  It’s been converted to electric start for simplicity and completely restored. During the restoration, a Goulding sidecar was purchased and shipped from Poland.

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There were plenty of deals to be had for those with a slightly lower budget. Lot after lot of cars, trucks and automobilia that including rare, one of a kind items on the block for all tastes like the 1933 Diamond T Truck with a period-correct display flat-track bike included.

 

Barrett-Jackson also this year joined forces with Prestone as they unveiled the “Project Prestone” restoration build project. The car, a 1987 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe, was rolled out during a press conference on Thursday. The plan is to complete the restoration documenting each step of the process along the way before putting it up for auction at the Barrett-Jackson 2018 Scottsdale Auction. The public can keep up with the progress on Barrett-Jackson.com and on social media using #ProjectPrestone.

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With this auction Barrett-Jackson has surpassed $94 million dollars in total raised for various charities over the years.  At each event there are “car for a cause” vehicles donated  for the auction and sold with the proceeds given to various charities.

In addition the event was covered by both Velocity TV and The Discovery Channel bringing in viewers from around the globe to both watch and bid on TV and digital media. These are worldwide events with millions tuning in to buy or watch.

The Barrett-Jackson’s auctions also reach out in other ways. This year volunteers from the Vermont based Teen Challenge donned grey shirts and white gloves and assisted the Barrett-Jackson staff maneuvering the items on and off the block unscathed. Teen Challenge is a faith based group that works with at risk men in an environment conducive overcoming life controlling issues. Their motto is Confronted by Hope – Walking in Freedom – Living with Purpose!

It’s a wrap until next year when the trucks pull in, the tents are raised and the smell of oil, rubber, exhaust, barbeque and seafood mix on a hot summer afternoon. It’s almost like the automotive circus comes to town.  Just another year to wait.

#BarrettJackson #BarrettJacksonMohegan

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New Bleacher Seating Added

Still haven’t scored your ticket for the Parade of Sail? Well, this just in! We’ve added more seats – there are additional bleacher seats available at the Seaport waterfront. Tickets are limited, get yours before they’re gone!

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Enjoy Sail Boston with Two Cold Ones

Sail Boston partner Samuel Adams is saluting the Tall Ships with an official, limited-release beer to welcome the dozens of ships and their thirsty crew members who have sailed to Boston from around the world! Dubbed Samuel Adams Tall Ships Ale, the brew is a twist on the classic Belgian Witbier style using spices once considered exotic by sea-faring merchants and brewers alike. A limited run of Sail Boston bottles will be available for sale exclusively at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery for $19.99 a bottle, on draft at limited bars and restaurants in Boston, and at select Sail Boston events.

Launching June 16, Tall Ships Ale will be available only during Sail Boston. To learn more about Samuel Adams Tall Ships Ale, visit samueladams.com/blog.

J.P. Licks has joined us in creating a Sail Boston-inspired flavor of ice cream! The Sail Boston Fresh Strawberry Rhubarb, along with a sundae of the same name (topping the ice cream with strawberries, graham cracker crumbles, and homemade whipped cream), is available for the month of June at all J.P. Licks locations.

To learn more about J.P. Licks and Sail Boston Fresh Strawberry Rhubarb, visit jplicks.com.

Sail Boston App

AVAILABLE NOW!

Download the official iPhone | Android app for Sail Boston to have all of the most up-to-date event information in the palm of your hands. The app has many features that will make your trip a breeze! Find information on the participating ships, a map of the harbor, restaurant and hotel suggestions, and a schedule of events for the week!

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Sunset Salutes

Join us for a Sunset Salute on two consecutive nights, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 20 at Charlestown Navy Yard and Wednesday, June 21 at Fan Pier. These Sunset Salutes will consist of a music and marching ceremony. Find participating entertainment and information on all our events on the website.

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Sail Boston Express

Haven’t figured out your travel plans for Sail Boston? Book your Sail Boston Express tickets today! The Sail Boston Express provides a guaranteed ticketed seat and a stress-free way to travel to the event. Board the luxury motorcoaches at area park & rides from Quincy, Woburn, Newton, Worcester and many more locations. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Click here for more information and book today!

Sail Boston Cross Harbor Ferry

The Sail Boston Cross Harbor Ferry is an easy – and breezy – way to get between Tall Ship sites across the Harbor. This is a direct service between Pier 4 – South Boston and Pier 1 – Charlestown Navy Yard. Once you have viewed the vessels in the Charlestown Navy Yard hop aboard this Ferry and in under a half an hour you’ll be staring at a whole new set of sails in the Seaport – or vice versa. Visit bostonharborcruises.com for more information or to book your ticket today!

Parade of Sail Dos and Don’ts

With a sizeable turnout predicted, visitors should expect security precautions at entry points to ensure public safety. With this in mind, please be aware of the prohibited items list located on our website and app, as well as the planned roads and parking restrictions.

View Prohibited and Allowed Items and Street Impact Maps

Greenwich Concours d’Elegance

June 2 – 4, 2017

The 22nd edition of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance was held this past weekend at the beautiful waterfront venue in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. It was an event celebrating both vintage and some latest offerings from the auto industry. The event featured the American Classes on Saturday and the International Classes on Sunday.

The Concours d’Elegance is an event that also gives back. The proceeds from entry fees and ticket sales along with other generous donations from patrons are donated to charity. Americares, a health-focused charity serving all 50 states and 90 other countries, is the charity of choice for the Concours d’Elegance.

Saturday’s event could not have asked better weather and drew crowds from Connecticut and surrounding states to take in the mix of beautifully restored and maintained American automobiles and motorcycles. There were also plenty of custom and hot rods cars on hand as well. There was nostalgia in the air and some owners dressed the part to complement their entries.

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The judging was divided into classes with teams of judges. Each team of three was assigned approximately 15 cars to judge. Saturday’s classes were Hot Rods, Custom Cars, Children’s Cars, Horseless Carriage, Brass Era, Classic Open, Classic Closed, Postwar Open, Postwar Closed, Unrestored Preservation, Competition, Muscle/Performance, Supercar and Motorcycle.

Wayne Carini of the hit Velocity Channel show “Chasing Classic Cars” was an honorary judge. He also had two cars of his in the Concours as entries.

The youngest judge was also a seasoned veteran. Christopher DeMarey at 15 years old was judging for his ninth year alongside his father Jeff DeMarey. Starting at the age of seven it is safe to say he was exposed to some of the finest cars on earth before many his age could even pronounce the name Lamborghini correctly. Christopher proudly displayed his pins from previous years tacked to the inside of his jacket.  There is a good chance he will continue on at Greenwich for quite a few more years.

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Bonhams Auctions held an event on the grounds and Saturday and Sunday displayed items for sale in tents as well as on the lawn for prospective buyers to inspect for Sunday’s auction.

Sunday featured the International classes of Bugatti, Racecars from the 2016 Lime Rock Historic Festival, Children’s Cars, Prewar, English Sports/GT, English Touring/Saloon, German Sports/GT, Italian Touring, International Sports & Touring, French, Special Interest, Unrestored Preservation and Motorcycle Classes.

One of the interesting things to do is to wander the grounds and speak to the owners about their specific vehicles, especially the restored classics. Many of those I spoke to gladly told the history of vehicle, how long it took to restore and what process they went through to get it right, down to the smallest details. Each owner clearly proud and many had photos of past owners and some cases racing history and drivers.

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Take the 1933 Packard 1006 V-12 Cabriolet Deville by Fernandez & Darrin owner who painstakingly had 24 coats of paint placed on his Packard until she gleamed a mirror. He recited how the vehicle was once owned by Charles Lindbergh’s son-in-law and possibly Lindbergh himself.

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For those who prefer something more modern there was an example of a new generation of concept cars. The Rimac Concept One two-seat high-performance electric sports car designed and manufactured by Rimac Automobil. The ultra modern electric car has a total output of 811 kW the equivalent of 1,088 hp, and can accelerate from 0–97 km/h (0–60 mph) in 2.8 seconds.

The 2017 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Best in Show vehicle is decided by an experienced panel of judges and is presented during the awards ceremony, where the owner typically drives the car to the podium area and is interviewed by the master of ceremonies.

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The Best of Show for Saturday: 1935 Packard Dietrich D-C Pht.

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The Best of Show for Sunday: 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante.

All class winners are listed below,

For all vintage vehicle and modern one of a kind auto and motorcycle admirers the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance is a must see for the summer. If you have not taken in this New England weekend of beautifully crafted vehicles it is something you should consider for next year. In addition it’s a charitable event so it’s great for everyone involved and attending helps in many ways far beyond Greenwich.

By Donna Erichsen
Photos by George Bekris