Organizers of the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance announced there will be no 2012 edition of the event after the loss of its location at the Fairfield County Hunt Club. After months of evaluating numerous alternative venues and show formats, the organizers of the event made the decision to not host an event this year.
Bill Scheffler, Chairman of the Fairfield County Concours Consulting Group, said, “Each venue we evaluated brought with it challenges and opportunities for an event of our scope, with regional reputation and headed for national repute. Ultimately, we concluded that none of the options enabled us to continue our steady growth over eight years and onward towards our greater goals.”
The Fairfield County Concours grew from the inaugural show in 2004 at the Veteran’s Green in Westport, Connecticut to become by 2011 one of the country’s top ten automobile and motorcycle events. A move to the Fairfield County Hunt Club in 2007 allowed for new and exciting exhibits, a full weekend of events, partnership with additional sponsors, and notably, the addition of Bonhams automotive and automobilia auctions in 2010 and 2011. Continued success and growth to over 10,000 attendees by 2011 found the Fairfield County Concours at the limits of that venue.
“We introduced a number of innovations to the concours scene, and took extra care to make the experience for the vehicle owners a pleasurable one. One of our goals from the start was to welcome a new group of enthusiasts both young and old to our passion through education and the sharing of information,” commented Fairfield County Concours Consulting Group President and Co-Founder John Shuck.
The Fairfield County Concours Consulting Group has been formed by the founders and management of the Fairfield County Concours and is actively developing new concepts in vintage automobile and motorcycle events. The next iteration of the concours, to be launched in 2013, will continue the Group’s commitment to displaying the best of the best, as demonstrated through the years of the Fairfield County Concours.
While international in scope, the Fairfield County Concours embraced the local community, working with arts and children’s organizations and charities, the Rotary Club and local and regional car and motorcycle clubs. The Fairfield County Concours raised more than $100,000 for The Drive to Treat Autism Fund, supporting services for children and adolescents with developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders through St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services, Bridgeport and Westport, Connecticut.
For more information, visit www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com.
[Source: Fairfield County Concours]