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Greenwich Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 22nd year in 2017

Bugattis, Historic Race Cars, Hot Rods and Children’s Cars featured to benefit Americares  

GREENWICH, Conn. (April 27, 2017) – Recognized as one of the premier classic car shows in the country, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance will celebrate its 22nd year of showcasing significant cars, motorcycles and one-off automotive creations on June 3-4, 2017.

The brainchild of the late Bruce Wennerstrom, the Concours continues its tradition of holding two unique Concours back-to-back at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park overlooking the Greenwich, Conn., harbor on Long Island Sound.

For 21 years, the proceeds from the Greenwich Concours have gone to support Americares, a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing medicine, medical supplies and health programs.

Organizer of the world-renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Bill Warner, has been named the Grand Marshal.

Saturday, June 3, will be the Concours Americana for American cars and motorcycles, while Sunday, June 4, will feature the Concours International for imported marques.

The inaugural hot rod display being organized by Velocity Channel’s Chasing Classic Cars host Wayne Carini will highlight Saturday’s show. A special exhibit of children’s cars and supercars will round out the day’s displays. Saturday’s ticket also allows attendees to preview all of the cars in the Bonhams auction tent.

Tickets are also available on Saturday night to a gala party and elegant buffet at the Greenwich Delamar Hotel, with luxurious yachts as a backdrop on the quay.

Sunday’s featured marque will be Bugatti and will include a collection of rare Bugattis from the American Bugatti Club. Sunday will also feature race cars from the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival. The Bonhams auction begins at noon on Sunday and requires a separate admission.

Also showcased during the weekend will be the iconic outlaw cars from the original cross-country Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, held in the ’70s, along with some of the later non-outlaw entries. These cars will also be displayed at the Cannonball Reunion, a joint evening event  with the Greenwich International Film Festival, at Cole Auditorium on Friday, June 2.

Both days will include displays of the latest in new cars including BMW, Cadillac, Tesla, Lincoln, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Miller Motorcars of Greenwich will highlight its Ferrari, Bugatti, Pagani, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, McLaren, Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Maserati marques. Opportunities to test drive some of these new vehicles will be offered. There will also be a number of luxury yachts displayed at the adjacent Delamar Hotel docks.

“The Greenwich Concours is proud to partner with Americares to help families in need all over the world,” said Mary Wennerstrom, Concours Chairman. “Not only will attendees who appreciate these rare cars be treated to two days to delight their senses, they will also be contributing to one of the world’s most respected charities.”

“Americares is honored to be the Greenwich Concours’ charity of choice for more than two decades,” said Americares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis. “Together we are helping families affected by poverty or disaster get the health care they need — the health care they deserve.”

Baby Bugatti with a 1925 Bugatti Type 35A/51 Grand Prix at the Greenwich Concours site.
Photo by Bearded Mug Media.

VIP tickets are available on a limited basis. A VIP ticket includes early entry to the Concours, breakfast and lunch with the car owners and judges, access to the VIP lounge and patio at the Delamar Hotel, entrance to the Bonhams Cocktail Reception on Friday night, lapel pin, poster and a 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
    • Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult
    • VIP Admission is $250 per day or $450 for both days
    • Saturday Night Gala tickets are available for $175
    • Tickets can be purchased at http://www.greenwichconcours.com/visitors/tickets/
    • Admission to Bonhams auction is available on site at $40 for two people
The weekend activities will include other events, open to the public, some in cooperation with the Greenwich International Film Festival:
About Americares
Americares is 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. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries and all 50 U.S. states with over $600 million in innovative health programs and quality medical aid. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies. For more information, visit americares.org.
Fireworks Light Up Port America's Cup As The Festivities Heat Up (Photo by Gareth Evans)

Fireworks Light Up Port America's Cup As The Festivities Heat Up (Photo by Gareth Evans)

Challenge and Adventure’s Gareth Evans was on hand for the coin toss.

“At the coin toss, SNG/Alinghi were asked to call heads or tails. They thought they had won and asked for the starboard entry into the start box. GGYC/BMW Oracle subsequently won the toss, and spoilt Alinghi’s plans by asking for starboard!” Gareth Reported.

The coin-toss to decide which side of the start box the challenger and defender will enter the start area for Race 1 of the 33rd America’s Cup was the central moment of the exciting opening festival in Valencia’s Port America’s Cup Sunday afternoon.
Opening Ceremony Images by Gareth Evans

Tens of thousands of visitors swarmed the signature Veles e Ventes building and the surrounding area of the America’s Cup Park to enjoy the festivities on an otherwise tranquil Sunday afternoon of mild temperatures.

Race director Harold Bennett (NZL) set the coin spinning in the air, watched by Pierre-Yves Firmench (SUI), commodore of the Société Nautique de Genève, the yacht club of the Defender of the 33rd America’s Cup and Marcus Young (USA), commodore of the Golden Gate Yacht Club of San Francisco.

The American team will therefore take what is commonly held to be the initial advantage, entering with right of way, on starboard tack.

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Alinghi At Port America's Cup (Photo by Gareth Evans)

On the water there was scarcely enough wind to create ripples, but in the distance the lack of breeze was scarcely a worry for one of the giant multihulls, which with its towering rig still paced the horizon, making best use of the final hours of practice and tuning before racing is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning around 1000hrs 

The opening festival was brought to a noisy crescendo with a barrage of mascleta, firecrackers which increased in size and noise.

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Ernesto Bertarelli Speaking To The Media (Photo by Gareth Evans)

Ernesto Bertarelli Speaking To The Media (Photo by Gareth Evans)

 Article and Photos by Challenge and Adventure’s Gareth Evans

The Owners’ Press Conference held this afternoon was very well attended by the press – approximately 150 out of the 600+ accredited media personnel were there.  Unfortunately, the same could not be said about the team owners. 

Whilst Ernesto Bertarelli arrived for the press conference, Larry Ellison failed to show.  The compere explained (in response to a question from the audience), that there had been a misunderstanding within BMW Oracle.  The event had been organised for the two Owners to have a head to head interview in front of the World’s press.  They were informed that sending a substitute would not be acceptable – they took this to mean that other team members would not be welcome, and refused to attend.  Due to the no show by Ellison, Bertarelli had offered the second seat to Brad Butterworth to field some of the questions – he offered to ask Brad to leave the stage if that was what the audience wanted.  The response he received was that Brad could stay. 

Ernesto Bertarelli and Brad Butterworth (Photo by Gareth Evans)

Ernesto Bertarelli and Brad Butterworth (Photo by Gareth Evans)

Some sound bites from Bertarelli:

·         The Oracle rig is possibly an advantage.

·         His contribution this time was very different.  He has been more involved than before.  He felt it very important that the owner should be on board steering (possibly a dig at Larry Ellison).

·         Loick Peyron is like a very handy Swiss knife – he can do anything.

·         There were a number of choices for helm.  The boat is a copy of EB’s 1999 boat.  He said that he is not the fastest helm in all conditions, but certainly is not the slowest.  Loick Peyron is handy in manoeuvres.

·         What does EB fear most – the boat or LE’s desperate will to win?  “The Boat” (said with a grin).

·         “There are two boats that will be on the start line on Monday.  Let’s see who wins.”

·         Why did the EB/LE friendship fall apart?  EB: Today sums it up.  I came here to shake his hand.  I was determined to have this meeting today, but Larry did not turn up.

·         The boats are sailing downwind at 2.5-3 times the wind speed.  The reaches are exciting!

·         It will be a war of the shore crews to keep the boats sailing at 100%

 There is no doubt that Larry Ellison scored an own goal today (to use a soccer term!).  EB had the world’s press at this press conference, with nobody there from BMW Oracle to offer their side of the story.  And EB is a clever man who knows how to turn the situation to his advantage.

Article and Photos by Gareth  Evans

 

Port America's Cup (Photo by Gareth Evans)

Port America's Cup (Photo by Gareth Evans)

 

Alinghi At The Dock In Valencia (Photo by Gareth Evans)

Alinghi At The Dock In Valencia (Photo by Gareth Evans)