Annual Concours revs car lovers’ engines

Despite sweltering hot temperatures this weekend, car lovers not only came out to appreciate both American and international pieces, but collectors also took some of their favorite pieces out on the road.  Above, a 1955 Jaguar XK140 owned by John Gendelman arrives at the show.  — John Ferris Robben

Despite sweltering hot temperatures this weekend, car lovers not only came out to appreciate both American and international pieces, but collectors also took some of their favorite pieces out on the road. Above, a 1955 Jaguar XK140 owned by John Gendelman arrives at the show.
— John Ferris Robben

There was a lot of “fast and furious” action in Greenwich last weekend, minus all the explosions and patented Vin Diesel mumbling and grunting, when the annual Concours d’Elegance came to town.

The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance is a true car lover’s delight and has gained the reputation over the years as one of the premier Concours in the country. It has been featured in Greenwich since 1996 and reportedly drew more than 16,500 despite extreme heat. On Saturday, American cars from the 1900s to today were featured and then Sunday, as has been the tradition, imported sports, competition and touring cars were featured.

There was also an auction on Sunday held by Bonhams of rare collector cars and automobilia. The event, which attracts people from all over the tri-state area, was last weekend in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

This year among the highlights was the 1955 Jaguar XK140MC that once belonged to actor Ricardo Montalban. That car was the “poster car” for this year, and another notable entrant was the 1966 Sunbeam Tiger once owned by famed journalist and commentator Andy Rooney. The 2013 “Best in Show” winner for Saturday was a 1914 Locomobile Model 58 Speedster belonging to Piers M. MacDonald of Bedford, N.Y. On Sunday, a 1947 Ferrari 159S Corsa Spyder owned by James Glickenhaus of Rye, N.Y., won both the best in show and Grand Marshal’s Awards.

Additionally a steam-powered 1910 Stanley Model 70 Touring Car owned by Chris and Will Greaves of Madison won “Chairman’s Choice” and a 1934 Packard 1106 V-12 Boatail Speedster from Craig Kappel of Chatham, Mass., won the “People’s Choice” on Saturday. For Sunday, the people’s vote was given to a 1957 Maserati 300S Barchett owned by Herb Wolfe.

More photos will be available Monday at Greenwich-post.com.

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