As if in an attempt to hold onto the last vestiges of a quickly fading summer, September offered a host of great car shows across the country (and into Canada). Here’s a quick rundown of those at which the Historic Vehicle Association presented awards and trophies to well-deserving cars.
Lime Rock Historic Festival
Always a thrill for fans of vintage racing, this year’s Lime Rock Historic Festival was no exception. Among the scores of great vintage race cars and races taking part in the weekend’s events was Wayne Carini’s 1921 Stutz Bearcat, which took home the THIS CAR MATTERS Award.
Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance
Up in the Pacific Northwest, LeMay America’s Car Museum again hosted the Pacific Northwest Concours D’Elegance. Taking home the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award was this 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III owned by Ron and Margie Danz of Seattle, WA. One of only 206 long wheelbase cars manufactured in the standard steel Silver Cloud III series, this particular car remains wholly unrestored and exactly as it left the factory in 1965.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, this modified 1939 Ford Coupe that contested at Bonneville through much of the 1950s was awarded our THIS CAR MATTERS Award. Originally built by Doug Rice in Aberdeen, WA, the vehicle is now owned by Don Richard. Richard spent several years restoring the vehicle back to its 1954 configuration, as featured in Hot Rod magazine.
Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance
North of the border, this year’s Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance again returned to the picturesque shores of Georgian Bay. In attendance and taking home the HVA Preservation Award for the most outstanding post-war preservation vehicle was Robert and Janis Kenzie’s 1973 Jaguar E-type Series 3 V12.
Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance
Out in Pennsylvania, the 19th Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance again featured a show field and weekend full of some of the finest automobiles ever made. Hidden amongst the concours staples was this usual vehicle: Mark and Beth Zalutko’s 1973 Mohs Safarikar. One of three prototypes built, it’s one of two surviving examples left in the world. Originally manufactured by Mohs Seaplane of Madison, WI, the car was designed specifically for African safaris. Given its strange uniqueness and history, it rightly so was awarded our THIS CAR MATTERS Award.
Canadian Concours d’Elegance
This year’s Canadian Concours d’Elegance saw record attendance, magnificent weather and an impressive show field full of great cars. As the only example known to exist in North America, Lindsay Thachuk’s 1972 Honda 1300 Coupe 7 (a car she purchased new in Australia in 1972) was awarded the THIS CAR MATTERS Award. Barry Sucksmith’s 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II was presented with the FIVA Preservation Award for the best-preserved vehicle in attendance.
St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance
Back East, the 9th annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance was again held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD. Standing out in lineup of cars featuring rare pre-war grand classics with European coachwork, wood-bodied cars and significant sports cars to 1965, this year’s winner of the HVA Preservation award was a stunning 1963 Studebaker Avanti R-1 brought to the show by Paul and Ann Rose of Berryville, VA.
Santa Fe Concorso
Finally, in the Southwest, this year’s Santa Fe Concorso saw Roger Willbanks and his spectacular unrestored 1941 Buick Super Series 50 convertible taking home the HVA Preservation Award.
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