It seems one of two things will always happen at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. It will either rain—or have rained—or it will be hot. This year it was hot, but with a breeze off the Long Island Sound, it was tolerable…as long as you weren’t in the lee of the Bonham’s auction tents that unfortunately block the view of Greenwich harbor.
In rainy years, wear your duck hunting boots. The show goes on rain or shine.
It’s worth it for the cars, however. Now in its eighteenth year, the 2013 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance continued a tradition as a magnet not only for great automobiles from around the country, but also brings out great cars from the northeast and especially the wealthy communities of Connecticut, cars that don’t necessarily make appearances at other venues.
The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance (say gren itch con core ella gawn sss) is an annual event usually on the second full weekend in June at Roger Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. It is comprised of two days of different cars, with American automobiles on Saturday and European cars and classic motorcycles on Sunday, with two sets of similar awards on each day, and two “best of shows,” one for each day. It’s two, two, two shows in one.
This year the best of show for American cars was a 1914 Locomobile Model 48 that looks like a cross between a sports car and transportation for a particularly rakish fire chief. Sunday’s best of show went to a 1947 Ferrari 159S Spyder Corsa, the third Ferrari ever made, and at least as red as the Locomobile.
The Journalist Awards, which were selected by the CarBuzzard’s Buzzard-in-Chief John Matras, went to a 1957 Spohn, which demonstrates what happened to the coachbuilder for Maybach in the 1930’s when it turned to making specials for American soldiers in the 1950s. The reason for the choice: It’s looks like what happens when designers work like writers who get paid by the word to make a living. Sunday’s Journalist Award went to the 1968 Nerri & Bonacci Studio GT because, well, just because.
We don’t have room for pictures of all the 200-plus cars in the two days of show, so we’ve picked out a few just to show the variety of vehicles on display. (All photos by John Matras, with 1947 Ferrari courtesy Larry Printz).