|1952 Aston Martin Lagonda
European Renaissance: European Post-War Best in Class, Barrington Concours
A Concours d'Elegance (competition of elegance) dates back to 17th Century France, when the aristocracy paraded their horse-drawn carriages in the parks of
during Summer weekends. As carriages became horseless the gatherings became a
competition among automobile owners on the appearance of their cars. Paris
I had the wonderful opportunity last week to go to a Concours d’Elegance, in Barrington, IL. I have always loved old cars and I always enjoy going to the car shows that take place weekly during the summer months but if you want to see something really special, search out the nearest concours. (click the link for a list)
Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, and Hilton Head are some of the more well-known and most prestigious, and Lake Tahoe has a concours for boat owners, but there are a number of others across the country and of course, in Europe. And they truly do contain the cream of the automotive crop.\
|1936 Stout-Scarab 3 door minivan
show also featured some Indy cars, mini-cars, Corvettes, and a nice motorcycle display
as well. Vehicles are divided into categories for judging, but I just go to
gawk and see beautiful cars – sometimes cars I’ve never heard of before, like
the Voisin, a French luxury auto produced during the 1930’s and ‘40’s. Barrington
|1935 Avions Voisin Type C25 Aerodyne - Best in Show
Unbelievably, there are a few all original cars that have had no restoration and in such great shape you can only wonder where they have been stored for all these years. Not a dent, not a scratch, not even a dulled patch of paint.
I’ve owned a couple of ‘old’ cars in my time, but nothing that even came close to these beauties. Well, maybe one did come close. A 1952 Buick Roadmaster. I loved that car and was sad to see it go. I know my kids hated to lose it too. I would pick them up from school in that car sometimes. I’m sure they felt like royalty piling into the spacious back seat - I felt like I was driving a tank and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Oh and if you go, feel free to dress the part. It's a great opportunity to wear linen trousers, a breezy skirt, and straw hats for everyone. After all, next to the elegance of these classic machines anything less would feel shabby. And that just wouldn't do.
|A great feeling to find one of these on your car!
|An award winner!
As a side note, the Barrington Concours, after seven years, is moving out of
Next year it will be held on Barrington Northerly
Island in downtown . Chicago ,
formerly known as Meigs Field, will provide a stunning backdrop for these
wonderful showpieces. And hopefully, an opportunity for even more people to
view them. See you there! Northerly Island
|My pride and joy in all it's faded glory
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