This year the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance came bearing a lot of changes as well as gorgeous cars. Held on June fourth and fifth of 2016, it also brought many surprises from the weather to the new and improved field layout.
Publish Date: July 2016
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When I first walked onto the show field, I was taken back by the gorgeous view of the harbor and the vast selection of cars. After walking the field, my eyes were drawn to the breathtaking 1934 Packard 1108 Dual Cowl Phaeton. It is owned by the Malcolm Pray Collection and let me tell you, he had great taste. The windshield was raked back and the beautiful red leather seats really complimented the black exterior and wooden dash. To no one’s surprise, it won the most Elegant American. That is a sexy car.
Not two cars over from the Packard was another eye-catcher. It was a 1932 Studebaker President Convertible Sedan. Owned by George A. Vassos, it had a red and cream exterior that was finished with a dark tan top. This car went on to win Best of show for the American Day. Sadly I was not lucky enough to judge either of those two beauties but my class, “Working Cars” did not disappoint. My personal favorite was Sal and Sue Anicito’s 1955 Pontiac Safari Station Wagon. It was also finished in a great red and creamy white color. The chrome and paint were in pristine condition and there wasn’t a speck of dust anywhere on that car. It was perfect.
Sunday kicked off a little earlier because of a predicted downpour around 2:30. The weather did not hold up for us but the show proceeded even though we lost 40 out of the 145 scheduled cars to the weather. This time I had “Pre-War” cars to judge and let me say, these were some of the best on the field. We started with a beautiful 1928 Bentley 4 ½ Litre Tourer owned by David McGirr. We then worked our way toward another Bentley. This one however was a 1937 4 ¼ Litre All-Weather Phaeton. Mother Nature planned to test the title of this “All-Weather” Bentley but Desmond Fitzgerald, who owns it, was confident it would withstand anything Mother Nature sent our way. This proved to be true.
One car to the right of this Bentley was something that I have only seen once before. It was Nick Grewal’s 1936 Brough Superior Drophead. This was the epitome of gorgeous. Finished with a jet-black exterior, it glistened next to the water. Only eighteen were made and there are only two survivors, this being one of them. It also had a red felt interior with a gorgeous gauge cluster mounted on a wooden dash. One of the coolest features I have ever seen on any car, new or old, was on this 1936. Right behind each wheel, there was a jack mounted to the chassis. They were conveniently controlled from inside the car. They were designed so if the driver got a flat tire, he could stay inside the cab while the Mechanic was outside changing the tire. It was ideally used in poor weather conditions but they became an every time use. This Brough won the Best of Show International award.
This year marked my eighth year judging at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. It was also the first year without the man who started it all. He had an idea and he strove for it. Now nearly 21 years after that idea, he is being remembered for being a great, knowledgeable person, and for creating one of the best car shows in the country.
Rest in Peace Bruce Wennerstrom 1926 - 2015
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About The Author
When I was just seven years old I started judging at the world-renowned Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. Since then I have become a regular contributing author to the Classic Car Club of America New England Region magazine and I have been published nationally on multiple occasions. I am now fifteen and on the board of advisors for the Classic Car Club of America NER. From Amelia Island to the Boston Cup I have attended many car shows, tours and events along with helping in the process of planning the Classic New England CARavan for this coming September. I look forward to one day owning my very own classic and I hope to enter my vehicle in one of the various events I have attended throughout my childhood. E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org