This year’s Greenwich Concours will feature a special two-day display of hybrid automobiles of the 1950’s and 1960’s, cars that combined reliable and easily serviced American engines with hand-crafted bodies by Italian, French, and British coach makers. Included in the assemblage of hybrids to be shown are a Dual Ghia, Facel Vega, Cunningham C-3, Iso Grifo, Cobra, Allard P1, Hudson Italia, Fitch Phoenix and a Nash Healey.
Because these cars all have American running gear and, in many cases, chassis and instrumentation as well, they qualify for inclusion in Saturday’s Concours Americana for American cars, while, because of their European bodies, they also qualify for Sunday’s Concours International for imported cars, and therefore will be shown on both days.
The mid-twentieth century also produced some outstanding motorcycles, such as the legendary Triumph Bonneville TT Special series of competition motorcycles, produced in the 1960’s. Another special display at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance 2011 will be an exhibit of every model in the series, all restored and owned by a single collector, and one of just two such complete collections in existence.
The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance 2011 will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type with examples of all the series and models displayed in a dedicated circle. The newly restored ex-Steve McQueen “Baja Boot” off-road racer is another one-off custom-built vehicle that will be exhibited at the Greenwich Concours.
In addition to Saturday’s Concours Americana and Sunday’s Concours International, Bonhams will hold it auction of collector cars and automobilia on Sunday afternoon.
Again this year, there will be a regatta for former-America’s Cup 12-M yachts, which will compete in match races, both days, for the Greenwich Concours Cup. Depending on availability, spectators will have opportunity to take a short sail on a Cup boat.
The 16th Annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance will take place at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut on June 4-5, 2011. AmeriCares, the international relief organization top-ranked by Money Magazine, has been the charitable beneficiary of the Concours since 1996. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm; admission is $25 for one day, or $40 for both days. Children 12 and under are free. Lunch is available on-site, and parking is free. Immediately off Exit 3 of I-95 in Connecticut, the Greenwich Concours is also accessible by train, plane, and boat.
For more information, visit GreenwichConcours.com or call 203-618-0460.
[Source: Greenwich Concours]