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Greenwich Concours d ’Elegance, Greenwich, CT, USA – The Cars that Dreams are Made Of PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
1933 Stutz DV32 Monte Carlo - photo by Luxury Experience
The Greenwich Concours d'Elegance 2022, held in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut, provided the fuel for dreams of the automotive kind. The three-day festival held from June 3 - 5, 2022, presented car collectors and car afficionados with the opportunity to see rare, classic, and unusual motorcars and motorcycles. As always, we loved the festival, especially speaking with the owners and learning the stories behind their vehicles.

 

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1933 Stutz DV32 Monte Carlo

We attended the Greenwich Concours d‘Elegance on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, 2022, to maximize the show experience. On Saturday, there were three interesting seminars we attended hosted by industry specialists, as well as RADWOOD featuring cars from the 1980s and 1990s, and a special category of Concours d 'Lemons, for cars with unusual pedigrees. 

RADWOOD Cars 

1981 DMC DeLorean - photo by Luxury Experience
1981 DMC DeLorean
Owned by Dalmau Garcia

Two of the interesting RADWOOD cars on display included a 1981 DMC DeLorean owned by Dalmau Garcia, who dressed as "Doc Brown" from the film "Back to the Future," and a fire engine red 1995 Saab 9000 Aero owned by Mark Skinner. What made the 1981 DMC DeLorean (DeLorean Motor Company), produced in Ireland, so interesting was that it was only produced from 1981-1982, with model years ranging from 1981-1983. Its brushed stainless-steel body and gull-wing doors still hold the power to enchant aficionados. 

Interview with Grand Marshall - Judy Stropus 

Judy Stropus - photo by Luxury Experience
Judy Stropus
2022 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Grand Marshal

On Saturday, we had the opportunity to sit down with 2022 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Grand Marshal Judy Stropus, who graciously took time to speak with us. Judy is an amazing person to get to know, she has authored many books on racing, is an award-winning racing industry expert who has and continues to race, is a concours judge and race scorer, and owns a PR company dedicated to racing. Over the years she has honed her career and has made her mark in a male dominated sport. Born in Lithuania, Judy moved the United States as a young child, and has been passionately driven throughout her life. Her racing career has earned her many awards including membership in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. 

Her advice to young people who want to enter the world of racing, is that if that is what you want then go for it. If you have commitment and ambition, you will make it, however you need to go out and get it. You need passion, and of course skill, but with hard work and passion, it is possible to succeed. 

Supercars Category 

Sunday was the day of dreams, with an impressive line-up of supercars, the "million-dollar plus babies" that for many, is why they come to the show for an opportunity to see these rare and exotic beauties up close. 

2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro - photo by Luxury Experience
2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

The 2022 Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro on display totally knocked our eyes out with its futuristic design. Only 85 of this highly exclusive model will ever be made, and with a starting price of $3.8 million dollars excluding tax, the opportunity to see this amazing motorcar on display at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, was definitely a show highlight. It also took the Judge's fancy and received Best in Class Award in the Supercars category. 

2021 - Glickenhaus SCG004S - photo by Luxury Experience

2021 - Glickenhaus SCG004S - photo by Luxury Experience
2021 Glickenhaus SCG004S

The 2021 Supercars line-up included a 2021 Glickenhaus SCG004S three-seater, which was totally bespoke and made in Connecticut, with its "Midas gold" exterior and wild interior design. Also from 2021 was a GT Ford Heritage emblazoned with the racing number 98 on its white, red, and black on the hood and sides that received the Award of Speed and Style in the Supercars category. 

2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 Coupe of
2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 Coupe of "Z"

From 2020, there was a McLaren Speedtail, and a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ 63 Coupe of "Z," which also took home an "Award of Speed and Style" in the Supercars category. 

2017 Ferrari F12 TDF - photo by Luxury Experience
2017 Ferrari F12 TDF

2017 Supercars included a 2017 Ferrari F12 TDF gorgeously presented in a stunning shade of blue, and a 2017 Pagani Huayra Roadster with its distinctive striped exterior and leaf-shaped side view mirrors.

2010 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport - photo by Luxury Experience
2010 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Rounding out the Supercars on display included a 2010 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, and a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. 

Early Years - The Brass Era 

A 1909 Stanley Model R owned by Jordan Levy drew lots of attention and brought home the "Distinguished Motorcar Award for the Brass Era. 

1910 Rambler Model 55 - photo by Luxury Experience
1910 Rambler Model 55

Another one of the Brass Era entries that captured our attention, as well as the Judges, was a 1910 Rambler Model 55 owned by Michael and Karen Tomko, which received an Award of Speed and Style for the Brass Era category. Karen Tomko and her daughters, Elizabeth and Rachel, and their friend, Chas Frick, dressed in period costumes to match their entry.

Tomko Family - photo by Luxury Experience
Tomko Family

Early Years - Pre-War Classics: European 

1926 Rolls Royce Phantom I Barker Coupe DeVille - photo by Luxury Experience
1926 Rolls Royce Phantom I Barker Coupe DeVille

In addition to the exemplary beauty of the motorcars on display, for us, it is the stories behind them that always pique our interest. The 1926 Rolls Royce Phantom I Barker Coupe DeVille presented by George Dragone, was definitely a motorcar with an interesting story to tell. Built for Edward Guinie of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of the wealthiest men in Brazil in the 1920s, this distinguished motorcar was a successor of the legendary Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. It is one of the earliest Phantom I's built and one of the most expensive. At the time it was built, the cost was almost $20,000. The price in today's market is $250,000. It has a 150-inch wheelbase, special wood trim, cut glass, opera carriage lights, and a liquor cabinet, to name but a few of its many attributes. It also piqued the Judges' interest, as the motorcar received an Award of Speed and Style in the Pre-War Classics: European category.

The World of Luxury 

North American Metal - photo by Luxury Experience
American Metal Team

Miller Motorcars, Lexus of Greenwich, Lincoln, and Land Rover brought a few of their luxury "toys" to tempt Concours visitors, Chopard had an impressive collection of stunning jewelry and timeless watches on display from their New York store while pouring champagne and rosé wine, and American Metal, the custom house, brought a beautifully restored car and a custom 1941 Knucklehead motorcycle that was deco-art worthy with its mixed metal lines of aluminum, bronze, and stainless-steel sleek lines. 

 

VIDEO - Interview with the team from American Metal to hear about their extensive service and to discuss the incredible 1941 Knucklehead motorcycle designed by artist Josh Allison - https://youtu.be/U1tw1RtoPp4. 

Whether your interest is in new to market motorcars, collector cars, early or late model entries, there is always something spectacular to see at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance. We cannot wait until the 2023 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance. 

Wayne Carini, Edward F. Nesta - photo by Luxury Experience
Wayne Carini & Edward F. Nesta

Until next time, keep enjoying the ride! 

For information on the next Greenwich Concours d'Elegance or other Hagerty events, please visit the websites: www.greenwichconcours.com/event and  www.Hagerty.com. 

About The Greenwich Concours d'Elegance

"Longtime Greenwich residents Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom founded the Greenwich Concours in 1996. Their passion to share world-class automobiles, coupled with the heritage and community involvement of Greenwich, was the perfect foundation to build on what is now considered one of the top five concours' in the world. Located just 30 miles from the heart of New York City and overlooking the Long Island Sound, the Greenwich Concours' backdrop is the beautiful Greenwich Harbor. It is mere steps from the acclaimed Delamar Hotel and notable restaurants and boutique shops on Greenwich Avenue. In keeping with truly historic tradition, the Concours d'Elegance is a time for car lovers to celebrate the most prestigious and artfully designed automobiles vying for top honors in various classes." 

"Hagerty has been an active sponsor and participant in the Greenwich Concours for many years. The deep tradition of the Concours combined with Hagerty's mission to save driving for future generations created an ideal opportunity for the purchase of the event in 2019. As one of the great premier concours, Greenwich is an exciting addition to Hagerty's vision of creating a global community of car lovers through fun, shared experiences. "Outstanding events like the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance get people excited about cars, and that's what it's all about. That's how we're going to save driving and car culture for future generations," says Hagerty CEO and Concours Chair McKeel Hagerty. While placing an emphasis on continuing the Greenwich Concours tradition, Hagerty also aims to increase opportunities for attendees to get their hands on the wheel, strategically integrate the Greenwich community and enhance the overall family experience." 

Greenwich Concours d'Elegance - Greenwich, CT  

Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
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Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
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