The Elegance at Hershey is a unique event that showcases world-class cars in a beautiful location without the pressure of large crowds that come with similar caliber shows. From one-off experimental concepts to the finest elegance of a Packard Twelve 1106 Sport Coupe by LeBaron, we found that there’s something for everyone at this show.
The weekend kicks off with The Elegance’s annual hillclimb event “The Grand Ascent” which pays homage to the historic Hershey Hill Climb event that, in its heyday, would bring as many as 10,000 spectators to watch cars race up the hill. The cars race against the clock to set the best time possible, as well as give spirited rides up the hill to raise money for charity. The weekend also features a Cars and Coffee event to complement the hillclimb for people show off their cars in a simpler manner alongside the sounds of cars competing up the hill to set their best times.
The main event of the week is on Sunday with The Elegance, held in the gardens of the Hershey Hotel, which attracts some of the world’s finest collector cars and most prominent collectors. Several featured cars of this year’s Elegance included a 1965 Shelby Cobra Competition Roadster, the 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept, 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spyder, and much more.
This year we presented our awards for Preservation and National Automotive Heritage at The Elegance. Our Preservation Award went to William Davis and his 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III which he ordered new from Rolls-Royce in 1963, taking delivery in 1964. William has maintained the car in exceptional condition throughout his ownership, clocling a little more than 50,000 miles on the odometer, and has never had the car restored! He ordered the car with special features including a tachometer, air conditioning, full lambs wool rugs, special paint, and a leather interior.
Presenting our Preservation Award to William Davis for his 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III
We awarded our National Automotive Heritage Award to Myron Vernis who brought his 1935 Hoffman X-8. Designed by Roscoe Hoffman, the X-8 was an experimental prototype believed to have been commissioned by the Fisher Brothers to develop a new engine configuration for the European market. The Hoffman X-8 featured a unique “X” shaped engine with eight cylinders configured in an X pattern with overhead valves and twins cams, producing ~90hp. Vernis’ car is the only Hoffman X-8 in existence and is reported to have cost in excess of $170,000 to build.
You can learn more about the one-off design of the Hoffman X-8 and its experimental engine here thanks to our friends at Hemmings.
Our National Automotive Heritage Winner, Myron Vernis, in his 1935 Hoffman X-8
Enjoy our photo gallery from the weekend below!