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

 

Ferrari (Photo © James Glickenhaus)

Ferrari (Photo © James Glickenhaus)

GREENWICH, Conn. (June 2, 2017) – Following Saturday’s show of Custom Cars, Hot Rods, Supercars and children’s cars, on Sunday June 4 the two-day Greenwich Concours d’Elegance will feature Bugattis, Ferraris and other exotic foreign cars of all vintages at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. Also showcased will be race cars from the Lime Rock (Conn.) Historic Festival.

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.

The American Bugatti Club is scheduled to display more than 20 authentic high-performance, French-built vintage Bugattis, while a circle of Ferraris is also expected to grace the field. Models from a 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta Open Racer to a 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari will cover a large part of Ferrari’s iconic 70-year history of building dynamic street and race cars.

Italy will also be represented by a fleet of other exotic Italian models, including a 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Series IV, a 1953 Fiat 1100/103 Cabriolet, a 1954 Siata 200CS Coupe, a 1969 Lamborghini Islero, and many others.

The Lime Rock Historic Festival, which is held on Labor Day weekend at the picturesque race track in Northwest Connecticut, will be recognized with a collection of vintage and historic race cars, in particular a 1937 Alta Le Mans, a 1954 Lancia D50A(r) and a 1953 Effyh. No, it’s not a typo; it comes from the initials of the car’s creators. Lime Rock’s president Skip Barber will present the race car awards at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.

Bonhams will hold its popular auction at its tent on the field, which requires separate admission. The auction begins at 12 noon. Three Bugattis are among the cars scheduled for auction Sunday afternoon.

 “Sunday should be an exciting day at the Concours for everyone in the family,” said Mary Wennerstrom, Concours Chairman. “The incredible cars displayed on the field both days of this year’s 22nd Greenwich Concours are a testament to the hard work of Bruce Wennerstrom, who originated the Concours.
“We are so pleased to be able to help the charitable work of Americares, and to bring the spotlight on the wonderful town of Greenwich.”
• Gates open at 10 a.m. for general admission, 8 a.m. for VIP ticket holders
• Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult
• Tickets can be purchased at the gate
• Admission to Bonhams auction on Sunday is available on site at $45 for two people
• Additional information may be found at www.greenwichconcours.com  The weekend activities also include Friday night’s Cannonball Reunion presented in cooperation with the Greenwich International Film Festival. For more information and tickets for this event, please go to: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10164058 or www.greenwichfilm.org.

 

Old Gaffers Beating (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Old Gaffers Beating (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

by Barry James Wilson

Gaff rigged boats are square rigged sailing boats with a spar (the Gaff) at the top.

They are called Old Gaffers because in the 1920’s a new rig came out which is the Bermudian rig.

The Old Gaffers festival started in 1959 after 3 Gaffer skippers had a race on the Solent.

 

Old Gaffers (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Old Gaffers (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival was held on the Solent for the 16th year on 26/27th May.

The boats are from the 1880’s to around the late 1920’s

Gaffers line the Yarmouth Harbour (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Gaffers line the Yarmouth Harbour (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

The festival takes over all of the harbour the town square and most of the ferry car park.

Harbour was full of old Gaff rigged yachts all decked out with flags

Old Gaffers with Flags Flying (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Old Gaffers with Flags Flying (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

 

Town square was taken over with a French market and entertainersAt last we had lost the rain we have had for the last 3 weeks and there was hot sun all weekend

Gaffers in Yarmouth Harbour (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Gaffers in Yarmouth Harbour (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Race day on Saturday had winds from force 5 to force 7 which had the effect that only about 20 boats went out to race.

As the Solent has strong tides and the wind was from the east ( normally from the west ) you had wind over tide.

which made for some interesting  sailing.

 

Old Gaffer  Upwind (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Old Gaffer Upwind (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

As the boats are owned by enthusiasts and are so old most of the fleet would not risk the weather conditions .

WEST WIGHT SCOWS

 
 
Skipper/owner
1st
Martin Palmer
2nd
Roger P. E.
3rd
Graeme Bowen
 

THE TROPHIES

Arrival time – Harbour Commissioner’s Trophy

 
 
Boat name
Skipper/owner
1st
Lone Wolf
Pat & Dick Dawson
2nd
Tarka
Geoff & Jaye Lawson
3rd
Moonriver
Tim & Sheila Murray
 

Concours – the best turned out boat

First prize – The Mayor’s Cup

 
 
Boat name
Skipper/owner
1st
Lone Wolf
Pat & Dick Dawson
 
Blake Sims HMS Hurricane Trophy – The Boat who sailed the race course under difficult conditions occasioned by a tear in her mainsail before the start – repair effected which held.
 
Boat name
Skipper/owner
1st
High Barbaree
Tim & Liz Dodwell
 
The Petronella Cup – In memory of Dave Keller (Dave cruised his 16ft Petronella all along the South Coast and founded this Festival) – The Boat under 20ft who entertained us Friday and was game enough to go out racing Saturday.
 
 
Boat name
Skipper/owner
1st
Miss Ningi
Bernard Bowes
 

SATURDAY’S YARMOUTH OLD GAFFERS FESTIVAL RACE

Overall winner – The Long Tackle Trophy

 
 
Boat name
Skipper/owner
1st
Zinnia
Ian & Sue Pople
 

The George Hotel Trophy

Class 1, over 31 feet waterline
 
 
Boat name
Skipper/owner
1st
Jolie Brise
Toby Marris
2nd
Alice lll
Stephen Akester
3rd
Aeolus
Anthony Wheaton
 

The Bugle Hotel Trophy

Class 2, 27 feet or over but under 31feet waterline
 
 
Boat name
Skipper/owner
1st
Susan J
Mike & Dan Shaw
2nd
Alicia
Chris Harnan
3rd
Maude
Dave & Margaret Moore
 

The Kings Head Trophy

Class 3, 23 feet or over but under 27 feet waterline
 
 
Boat name
Skipper/owner
1st
Zinnia
Ian & Sue Pople
2nd
Rosenn
Barry Dunning & Bob Fisher
3rd
Betty ll
Ben Collins
 
Gaffers in the whitecaps (Photo by Barry James WIlson)

Gaffers in the whitecaps (Photo by Barry James WIlson)

 
 
The Wheatsheaf Trophy
Class 4, 19 feet or over but under 23 feet waterline
 
 
Boat name
Skipper/owner
1st
Windflower
Malcolm McKeon
2nd
Nellie
Scott Waddington
3rd
Little Kingfisher
Hannah Cunliffe & Dan Matthews
 
Gaffer (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Gaffer (Photo by Barry James Wilson)

Salty’s Trophy

Class 5 under 19 feet waterline.
 
 
Boat name
Skipper/owner
1st
Step Back in Time
Tony Kiddle
2nd
Spray
Steve Mitchell
 
 
 
 
Flags (Photo by Barry James Wilson)