The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance 2016 was held June 3-5 at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut. The waterfront park situated on the Greenwich Harbor once again provided an excellent setting for the spectators that enjoyed the annual event.
Since its founding in 1996, the two-day Greenwich Concours is actually two Concours, back-to-back. Saturday’s Concours Americana is for American makes, while Sunday’s Concours International is for imported marques. Collectively more than 250 American and foreign cars were exhibited at this year’s events.
Ford performance cars were highlighted at Saturday’s Concours Americana, honoring the 50th anniversary of Ford’s victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Among the cars were James Glickenhaus’ 1967 Ford GT40 Mk IV that captured fourth place at Le Mans that year piloted by Mark Donohue and Bruce McLaren. With McLaren behind the wheel at speed, the car’s tail ripped off of its mounts; the pit crew secured the found bodywork with their leather belts and grey tape. Glickenhaus’ Shelby American J6 Mk IV retains its original engine, gearbox and chassis plate and has been repainted in its Le Mans racing yellow.
Ford Mustangs and Shelbys rounded out the powerhouse circle, including a 1963 prototype pre-production Mustang III that toured with Ford’s “Caravan of Cars” in 1965; the ninth of the 15 built, this car is the oldest extant Mustang.
The team of judges at the Greenwich Concours chose examples of automobile design for Best of Show on Saturday and Sunday. The 1932 Studebaker President Convertible Sedan of George A. Vassos clinched the Concours Americana’s highest honor and Nick Grewal’s 1936 Brough Superior Drophead took Best of Show for Concours International. George Vassos’ custom-built 1932 Studebaker President Convertible Sedan is the only extant example of this model. Found in Mexico, the car made its post-restoration debut at the Greenwich Concours. Nick Grewal’s 1936 Brough Superior Drophead was bodied by W.C. Atcherley and is one of the few surviving of the 18 originally built.
Record crowds at the Concours Americana designated the 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster Derham of Joseph and Margie Cassini, III for People’s Choice. Concours International brought rain and undaunted enthusiasts whose People’s Choice nod went to Michael Schudroff’s 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Cabriolet. Concours Americana’s Chairman’s Choice selection was a 1957 Ford Thunderbird Convertible brought by Ed and Carole Blumenthal, with the Chief Judge’s Award going to Reynold DuPont, Jr.’s 1928 duPont Model E Four-Door Convertible; Hans and Samantha Abraham’s 1965 Ford-Lotus Cortina Two-Door Coupe drew the Grand Marshal’s Award.
Concours International saw the smallest car at the shows win the Grand Marshal’s Award: a 1958 Ferrari 180 Testa Rossa Pontoon-Fender Children’s Car from Lance Babiar. Barney Hallingby’s 1941 Tatra T87 Diplomat was tapped as Chairman’s Choice. Hans Middelberg’s 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer was recognized with the Award for Timeless Elegance.
Motorcycles drew rapt attention by attendees. Most Outstanding Motorcycles — American and — International were earned by David Fusiak’s 1914 Harley-Davidson Model K and Maine (Ted) Smith’s 1939 BMW R12, respectively.
The Hagerty Youth Judges presented their Concours Americana and International awards to Thomas Haines’ 1936 Cord 810 Convertible Phaeton and Arno McGraw’s 1960 Fiat 600D Jolly, respectively.
Similar to 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015, Sports Car Digest also documented the 2016 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, with photographer Michael DiPleco offering up an excellent selection of images from the Concours held annually in Connecticut. We split up Michael’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the 305 photographs.
Greenwich Concours d’Elegance 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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