After a 2-year absence, the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance,
sponsored by Hagerty, was
back at Roger Sherwood Baldwin Park in Greenwich,
Connecticut, and Luxury Experience was on hand for the
2-day automotive festival. In addition to a fabulous collection
of automobiles and motorcycles, new for the October festival, were interesting
panel discussions throughout the day on Saturday, October 23, 2021. The
seminar, "How to Score the Ultimate Barn Find" moderated by John
Nikas, with panelists author and television host Tom Cotter "The
Barn Finder," Wayne Carini, author, and host of the
television show, "Chasing Classic Cars," and Peter Kumar,
Founder of Gullwing Motor Cars in New York, left the audience
dreaming of finding their own special vehicles.
Barn finds are dreams for
motorheads (or gearheads); it is the hope that there might be a great vehicle tucked
away somewhere in an old barn, unused, abandoned, and forgotten. It might be in
pristine condition, or it might need extensive restoration. The dream and hence
the chase, is to seek them out, something that Tom Cotter, Wayne Carini, and
Peter Kumar have spent a lifetime searching for, finding, restoring, and then
adding them to their collections, or selling them.
How to Score the Ultimate Bar Find
Moderator John Nikas is an
award-winning automotive writer, and brought his passion, knowledge, and humor
to the panel discussion, and kept the discussion lively with each of the
John Nikas, Moderator
Tom Cotter, well-known for
his online show, "The Barn Finder" and author of 17 books, told the
audience that he had his first barn find when he was 14 years old and bought a 1944
convertible for $25 at Charlie's Welding Shop in Rocky Point, Long Island. He
explained that he bought the car because the character "Lumpy" on the
television show, "Leave It to Beaver," had one, and he wanted to have
one because "Lumpy" had one. Besides the intrigue of the chase itself,
for Tom Cotter, "it's not about the sheet metal, it's about the story behind
For Wayne Carini, author,
and host of the long-running (17 seasons) show, "Chasing Classic Cars" seen
in 54 countries around the world, he started looking for barn finds at an early
age. He explained that his dad restored cars for a living when he was growing
up and his dad was the founder of the Model A Restorer's Club in 1951. On
Sundays, his dad would take him and his sister for drives in the country, and
it was their job to look behind houses and barns to see if they could find any
cars. If they found any, his dad would reward them. Either way, it was a fun
way to spend Sunday afternoons, and created a lifetime appreciation of the art of
finding and restoring cars. He chased one car from the time he was 16 years old
and finally found it at age 52.
For Peter Kumar, Founder of
Gullwing Motor Cars in New York, he fell in love with his dream car, a Mercedes
Gullwing when he was young and could not afford one, so he bought a scale model
of one. He purchased his first real Gullwing in 1993. His best find was when
his friend called him to tell him about a 275 GTB that had been sitting in a
barn for about 40 years.
So, how does one go about making a
barn find? Wayne's advice is to make yourself known, go to car shows, introduce
yourself, let people know that you are looking for cars. Tom's advice is to
drive an old car which will attract interest. Tell people that you are looking
for old cars and have business cards made to hand out. As you travel, go to
diners, go to gas stations, drop in to a barbershop, and ask around, as
everyone knows someone who knows someone. Peter's advice to those seeking a
barn find is to "follow your heart."
The art and the fun of the chase
of discovering a barn find is that you never know what you might find tucked
away somewhere hidden behind an old house, in a garage or barn; it might be in
mint condition or a restorer's dream. The possibilities are endless, you just
need to keep looking.
Until next time, keep enjoying the
The dates for the 2022 Greenwich
Concours d'Elegance are June 3-5, 2022.
For information on the Greenwich
Concours d'Elegance or other Hagerty events, please visit the
websites: www.GreenwichConcours.com and www.Hagerty.com.
About The Greenwich Concours
"Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
is a three-day premier motoring event held in Greenwich, CT, celebrating
tradition while integrating new elements, each created to engage the next
generation. Exclusive gatherings, luxury shopping, ride and drives, new vehicle
experiences and entertaining seminars surround Friday's Grand Tour and
Saturday's Radwood, Concours d'Lemons and Porschella events. Sunday's
nationally recognized Greenwich Concours d'Elegance celebrates historically
significant vehicles along the town's picturesque harbor front. Each year the
event supports local charities including Americares and The Hometown Foundation
as a part of Hagerty's larger giving strategy."
"Hagerty is a specialty
insurance provider focused on the global automotive enthusiast market and an
automotive enthusiast brand offering integrated membership products and
programs. Hagerty is home to Hagerty Drivers Club, Hagerty DriveShare, Hagerty
Valuation Tools, Hagerty Media, Hagerty Drivers Club magazine, MotorsportReg,
Hagerty Garage + Social, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, the Concours
d'Elegance of America, the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, the California Mille,
Motorworks Revival and more. For more information, visit www.hagerty.com."
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