The Greenwich Concours has provided a perfect annual classic motoring season send off for collector car motoring enthusiasts here in the New York tri-state region for years. Two thousand and fourteen was the 19th running of the thoroughbreds at Roger Sherman Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. As in so many years past, we at Automotive Restorations Inc., were pleased to see many of our projects on exhibit and enjoyed our role in helping administer all the activities of this two day concours event. There is a tour Friday, followed by Concours America Saturday for cars from "this side of the pond” then Concours Europa Sunday for a large variety or European and world cars.
For nearly two decades, founder Bruce Wennerstrom has done a masterful job of creating a quality event exhibiting approximately 125 vehicles of distinction each day. The Saturday and Sunday shows encompass the history of the automobile with diversity and special interest exhibits illustrating Bruce’s unique approach. 2014 followed form with both the best of the best and the most unique and interesting exhibited side by side among a field of sponsor exhibits that allowed one to view both the past and the future of personal transportation. Lots more on the web available at www.greenwichconcours.com &/or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greenwich-Concours-dElegance/114931775205518 & http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/automobiles/greenwich-concours-sunny-days-a-big-turnout-and-a-record-auction.html?_r=0#
Onto the matter at hand: congratulations and thanks to all our clients who received invitations and honored us with their presence. Awards, yes indeed, and deservedly garnered as the photo’s tales tell. Enjoy and thanks to event Chairman Bruce Wennerstrom, the entire Wennerstrom family, a great group of judges and exhibitors for putting on yet another great Greenwich Concours d’Elegance!
Recently out of our Automotive Restorations paint shop and on the field we find this exceptionally original, matching number, 1970 Dodge Challenger 4 speed, 440, six pack convertible. A muscle car with some REAL muscle that Tom and son Tyler, have enjoyed for years. Right, Mary Wennerstrom presenting sponsor Meguiar’s award for the most outstanding fit & finish.
Above left: It was good to see a client whose car we restored decades ago; Doug Halloway and his 1965 Mustang drive up to receive goods. We restored Doug’s car in 1995 and it still looks good Doug, thanks!! The Automotive Restoration’s tent was busy all day with David and Michael showing the superb Ferrari 365GTC from our inventory and discussing many things classically vehicular. Above right: Some of the event’s ARI crew: Keron, Brian and Patrick take a well deserved, but brief break waterside.
Andy Benneson and Elizabeth Jensen drive up to receive an Award of Excellence in their sporty 1957 Corvette. Below center and right: Joseph and Lesley O'Connell's superb 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible receives the Concours America award for Most Outstanding Cadillac. Fins and chrome shone in summer sun!!
Richard & Brad Kocka exhibited their ARI restored, multiple time award winning 1958 Pegaso Touring bodied Z103 coupe to good result. After pleasing the crowds and the Judges, the Kocka’s drove home with the Grand Marshalls Award. You can our story on the restoration of this spanish beauty here.
How to Concours: 1st, Exhibit a great car! Chris and Dennis Nicotra brought the only Pegaso Saoutchik cabriolet in the world. Have it perfect. Get there early as the photo above evidences, and come home with the Best International Touring cars award as presented to Chris by Mary Wennerstrom above right. A perfect end to memorable Concours day!! See our "Pegaso Perfection" restoration story here.
Tom and Jason Fuller came in from Cleveland to exhibit this striking DB4 Series II/III, SS engine equipped Aston Martin we restored for them last winter, story here. All done just as the original build sheet specified in Goodwood Green over green hide with fawn top! Artist Jason went right to work on the painting and got as much attention as the car with his good work. At days end: The Meguialrs Award for Most outstanding finish was theirs!
Below left: Ludwig’s red OSCA 1600 coupe fresh from our shops on exhibit with Bob’s new Alfa Romeo TZ; WHAT A PAIR! Then at day’s end winning the Best Italian GT Car 1960 – 61 Award. Moments later Rex Bare drives his innovative and quick TriHawk up for presentation.
Upper left: Bill King drives up in his terrific 1939 Delage model D6 Cabriolet with an element of style to receive The Chairman’s Choice award from none other than the Chairman himself, Bruce Wennerstrom. Above: Jim Petty and his slick black Jag XK 120 roadster arrive bright and early Sunday morning show ready and finish massaged to G-techniq perfection. Upper right: Andrew Gold and his very well turned out Jaguar XK-140 roadster receive some thank you gifts from Mary Wennerstrom at the drive up.
Lower left: Walter Eisenstark and one rare Siata; a 1954 200CS Balbo coupe receive Bruce’s thanks & appreciation. Left: Andy Manganero’s rare and wonderful Lamborghini Islaro gifted by Mary and appreciated by all. Meanwhile; Andy Benneson and Aston Martin DB5 drive up while Andy Williams & AC Bristol receive the award for Best English Sports car 1957 - 65.
Just out of our Paint shop, John’s Stunning BLACK and powerful Lamborghini Countach drives up for presentation and appreciation. GREAT CAR!! Great end to a great day and thanks to all.