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 )

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.

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Mohegan Sun kicked off it’s Barrett-Jackson Northeast with a Preview Day and Automobilia Auction. The crowds were beginning to gather and gaze at the tents and garage filling up with vintage autos, hot rods, and pretty much something to match the expectations of most auto and truck enthusiasts.

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The 2nd Annual Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction returns this week, June 21-24, at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions® will once again offer a full schedule of events, including a variety of family festivities. The excitement continues Thursday through Saturday with the collector car auction, featuring a sold-out docket for the second year in a row.

There was a Ford & Chevrolet Ride’ N Drive and Dodge Thrill Rides for those game to ride and drive the track burning rubber and drifting around the corners of the specially set up track in the side lot of Mohegan Sun in view of the spectators.

 

There were custom made metal sculptures by Bill Secunda Studios placed among the custom autos and 4×4’s located between the tents.

In the auction arena, the first of more than 650 pieces of authentic automobilia made their way to the famous Barrett-Jackson stage, many of them – including a vast selection of pristine diecast model cars – hailing from the Cedarmore Collection. Among the top-selling automobilia items today were a large HC Sinclair Gasoline double-sided porcelain service station sign from the 1930s-40s (Lot #6312), a beautiful 1940s Gulf Oil Premium Gasoline Gilbarco model 98 restored service station gas pump (Lot #6260) and a Pennzoil Gasoline Bennett model #766 restored service station gas pump from the early 1950s (Lot #6310).

 

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