Despite summer having officially come and gone, the car show season saw no signs of stopping during the month of September. Throughout the month, classic car lovers across the country celebrated our automotive heritage with hundreds of great cars turning out for a number of events. As always, the Historic Vehicle Association was present at a handful of these to hand out its THIS CAR MATTERS Award, along with the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award. Read on to learn more, and find out about the events and great cars seen along the way.
Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance
Out in the Pacific Northwest, dozens of great cars gathered for this year’s Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance held at America’s Car Museum. Taking home the FIVA/HVA Preservation Award was this 1969 Dodge Daytona, owned by Ronald Smith of Graham, Washington, while the THIS CAR MATTERS Award went to Mark Hovander and his 1965 Shelby Mustang GT 350.
The Colorado Grand
This year’s Colorado Grand saw the event mark its 26th anniversary. There, the THIS CAR MATTERS Award went this 1958 Scarab Mark II, owned by John Mozart of Los Altos, CA, and formerly used by Augie Pabst to win the USRRC Championship in 1959 as part of the Meisterbrowser Race Team.
IMPA Test Days/Catskill Concours
Back East, the International Motor Press Association (IMPA) held its annual Test Days at the Monticello Motor Club in Monticello, New York. In attendance and taking home the THIS CAR MATTERS Award was this unrestored 1973 Triumph Stag owned by Ray Tahan of Hibernia, New Jersey.
Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance
[photo: Ken Visser]
In Pennsylvania, the 18th annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance paid tribute to Classic Chryslers of 1920s and 1930s, as well as a special section for vehicles “Powered by Ford”. Appropriately then, this 1969 Mustang took home the HVA Most Well Preserved Award.
St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance
Meanwhile, in Maryland, the 8th annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance was held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge. In attendance and winner of the HVA Most Well Preserved Award was this 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Berline.
Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance
North of the border, this year’s Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance saw a number of great cars on hand at this Canadian event held on the shores of Georgian Bay. Taking home the Pre-War FIVA/HVA Preservation Award was this 1926 Franklin Sport Touring Series 11A owned by André Audette of Ottawa, Ontario, while the Post-War FIVA/HVA Preservation Award went to Don Gibson of Burlington, Ontario, for his 1951 Ford Tudor.
Canadian Concours d’Elegance
Over in Vancouver, BC, the Canadian Concours d’Elegance featured a number of exceptional cars. Among those present, a 1957 Maserati 200Si once owned by Carroll Shelby and an original 1911 Chalmers on which only the tires and air had been replaced. The unrestored Chalmers, owned by Peter Trant, received the THIS CAR MATTERS Award, while the Maserati, owned by Brian Ross, received the HVA/FIVA Preservation Award.
For more information on these and other events at which the HVA will be present in the coming months, please visit our events page.