The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance
European Collection 2011 held in Greenwich, Connecticut
featured exceptional automobiles and motorcycles
spanning 93 years, with the earliest entry a 1907 Panhard Wagonet Picnic
Body and the latest model, a 2000 Lotus Elise Motorsport Coupe.
June since 1996, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, founded by Bruce and
Genia Wennerstrom, has attracted visitors from the around the world over
the course of 2 days, with the first day featuring American models, and the
second day featuring European models.
The European entries for 2011
were truly impressive, and the earliest entry was a French 1907 Panhard
Wagonet Picnic Body owned by John William Middendorf with neon green exterior and yellow trim.
1907 Panhard Wagonet Picnic Body
Admiring the racecars,
I wanted to exclaim, “Gentlemen, start your engines” and watch these
spectacular beauties in action out on a racetrack. There were many
highlights including a 1923 Amilcar
Voiturette Monoposto Race Car owned by Faith
R. Larsen and Shaun Henderson, and a 1935 MG PA Racer owned by
Lee Duran, which he still races.
1935 MG PA Racer
Bugatti was well-represented
with a 1925 Bugatti Type 35A/51 Grand Prix with a shiny aluminum body
and British tan leather interior owned by Mitchell and Wendy Gross, and a
1927 Bugatti T52 Baby Bugatti (Recreation) Open, owned by Cecilia and
Oliver Magnusson, which was a half-scale Bugatti Type 35 electric racing
car for children powered by a single 12-volt electric motor with an integral
4-speed gearbox. I grew-up tooling around in my own child racecar, which began
my lifelong enjoyment of fast-paced cars, and the Bugatti T52 Baby Bugatti
brought back fond memories of my childhood.
1925 Bugatti Type 35A/51 Grand Prix
1927 Bugatti T52 Baby Bugatti (Recreatio) Open
Also interesting was a 1948 Lea-Francis 14 H.P. Sports Roadster owned
by Albert F. Ridinger and Tricia.
Only 109 were made of this British automobile and only 53 are still known.
There were several
Rolls-Royce, and a few of the many highlights included a 1928 Rolls-Royce
Ascot Phaeton owned by Russ Baird, a 1930 Rolls-Royce Springfield
Phantom I Newmarket Convertible Sedan owned by Timothy Lynch, a 1935
Rolls-Royce 20/25 Four-Door Sports Saloon owned by M.S. Koly, and a 1953
Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead, owned by Gene and Marlene Epstein, which
received the People’s Choice Award. Rolls-Royce made only 760 models of the Silver
Dawn between 1949 and 1955, and this exquisite motorcar was a stunner with its
elegant lines, crimson leather and wood interior trim, and passenger drop-down
1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn Drophead
Other “stars” from the 1950s
were a 1957 AC Ace Bristol Roadster owned
by Andrew Williams, a 1958 Ferrari 250 Tour de France Coupe owned
by Mark J. Davies, a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder owned by Birdcage LLC c/o Marc Robinson, and a 1959 Porsche RSK Roadster.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB 1957 AC Ace Bristol Roadster
1958 Farrari 250 Tour de France Coupe
Jaguar was well represented;
a few of the highlights included a 2-door 1958
Jaguar XK-150 Drophead Coupe with a top speed of 121 mph owned by Joseph Feghali, MD, a 1963 Jaguar XKE Coupe owned by George and Elizabeth Rhein, and a rare
and collectible matched set owned by the Van Horneff Collection
consisting of a black 1993 Jaguar XJR-S Convertible, of which the
company made only 25 black and 25 in red; and a silver 1993 Jaguar XJR-S
Coupe “press car” (number 3), of which they only made 5.
1958 Jaguar XK-150 1963 Jaguar XKE Coupe
1993 Jaguar XJR-S Convertible 1993 Jaguar XJR-S Coupe
"press car" #3
Lotus entries included a 1954 Lotus Mark 6 Convertible owned by Ralph Stechow, a 1962 Lotus 23B Open Cockpit owned by Tomas Papadopoulos, a hunter green 1969 Lotus Elan Drophead Coupe emblazoned with the number 44 and
the name of Driver Marc F. Evans owned by Kris
and Steve Becker, and the latest entry, a 2000 Lotus Elise Motorsport Coupe owned by Douglas Brown and Susan Sciotto-Brown.
1969 Lotus Elan Drophead Coupe
Other highlights included a red
and black 1964 Morgan Plus 4 Two Door
Roadster owned by James F. Munsell, and a 1970 Maserati Ghibli Coupe owned by Zachary
1970 Maserati Ghibli Coupe
Early motorcycle entries included
a 1929 Scott Flying Squirrell owned by Alan Perry and Harry Buck.
British Scott Motorcycle Company produced the Flying Squirrell between 1926 and
1940, with its 3-speed with hand gear change, 596cc water cooled 2-stroke twin
engine, and a top speed of 70 mph; a British 1934 Rudge Ulster produced
between 1911 until 1946, with a head cast in aluminum bronze, and a radial
4-valve 250cc, owned by James Perman; a 1937 BMW R5 owned by Philip
Richter and a 1937 BMW R6 owned by John Pavone.
Italian motorcycles included
a 1959 MV Agusta 250 Raid owned by John Kristoff, a 1973 Moto
Guzzi Eldorado owned by Robert Franciamore, and the latest entry, a 2006
MV Agusta F4 CC owned by Julia and Sasha Yeterian.
Every decade was well
represented, and in total, there were over 200 automobiles and 20 motorcycle
entries for the exciting 2-day Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, in addition to
the Bonhams Collectors’ Motorcars and
Automobilia Auction held on June 5, 2011 for those who wanted to do more
than just admire.
Read about the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance 2011 Americana in the Antiques section.
Read about the Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d’Elegance: Collectors’
Motorcars and Automobilia Auction, in the Antiques section.
For information on the next Greenwich
Concours d'Elegance taking place June 2-3, 2012, please contact Bruce
Wennerstrom or visit the website: www.GreenwichConcours.com.
Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
30 Sumner Road
Greenwich, Connecticut 06831
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