Endicott’s Misselwood Concours Draws Record Crowds
Early morning view of Concours autos and harbor from Misselwood
2013 Best of Show Misselwood Concours d'Elegance is
Beverly, MA — July 31, 2013 --The 2013 edition of the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance drew over 3,500 spectators to Endicott College’s oceanfront Misselwood Estate and both Saturday and Sunday events were sold out for car owners ahead of time.
1931 Cadillac 452A Convertible
The Saturday inaugural Tour d’Elegance was welcomed by the owners who drove their automobiles and motorcycles through the winding roads of the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. Afterwards they enjoyed a champagne luncheon at the Misselwood Estate, while the general public was able to admire the fleet on the oceanfront property.
Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance granted the coveted Ervin ‘Bud’ Lyon III Best of Show Award to a 1931 Cadillac 452A V16 Convertible; an absolute stunning automobile that in its days set the standard for excellence and propelled Cadillac’s reputation. It was the first time owners Charlie and Cheryl Eggert attended the show and they truly enjoyed the scenic location, as well as the intimate feel of the Misselwood Concours.
The Valle R. Nelson Award – for the car driven the furthest to the show – went to a 1972 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. Tim & Kara Sullivan drove their car all the way from Mount Vernon, Washington State: a 3,122 mile trip, which set a new record that will be hard to beat in future years. In addition, they also took the award for Most Original car at the Misselwood Concours.
In honor of Gil Steward, who was not only a mentor to many, but also an active member of the VSCCA and an avid vintage automobile enthusiast, the Vintage Sports and GT class was renamed the Gil Steward Class, and as such will continue the legacy of Gil. This year’s first Gil Steward Class winners were both stunning in looks and design: a 1956 Porsche 356 Coupe, owned by John Herrin took first place, while second place was awarded to a 1959 Triumph TR-3A from Dennis Mamchur.
Another crowd pleaser was the 1954 Kaiser Darrin Landau Roadster. One of only 435 built in 1954, this car this was the first American sports car as its prototype was introduced prior to that of the Corvette or Ford Thunderbird and is the only car ever produced with the patented sliding doors.
From the tiny ’61 Autobianchi Bianchina Special Cabriolet, an original ’64 Shelby Cobra 289 or the 1904 Oldsmobile Curved Dash Roadster, the diverse and impressive field made it hard for the spectators to pick favorites. First and second prizes were awarded to various classes and the full list of winners can be found on the Misselwood Concours website.
The fancy hat competition was once again a success. Judged by Lorraine Roy at Bella Serra Bridal, it felt equally as difficult as the car and motorcycle judging. 12 year old Yasmine Vermet took third place with a beautiful self-made creation featuring cars and flowers, while first place was awarded to Thelma Lyon who donned a wide brim straw hat decorated with multi colored flowers. Both the fashion show, as well as the art exhibits were well received by the public and Jazz legend Ray Novack performed for a full house, as spectators were enjoying their lunch on the Sam Adams Bistro patio.
For 2014 BMW and Bentley were chosen as featured marques to commemorate the 5th anniversary for the Misselwood Concours. Set again in a full weekend of excellence, style and elegance, the show will take place on July 26-27, 2014. More information can be found at www.endicott.edu/concours
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