41st Annual Concours d’Elegance of America – Sunday, July 28, 2019 – at the Inn at St. John’s
There is one special day each year when the manicured lawn at the Inn at St. John’s is transformed from a venue where ladies and gentlemen compete at golf to one where they compete on automotive style and beauty of line. This year that day is Sunday, July 28th, when the Concours d’Elegance of America, one of America’s most prestigious car shows will take place on the links.
While, it is true that the Concours is a venue where, as Jay Leno says, “ordinary millionaires can compete with billionaires on an equal playing field” it is also true that the show has evolved into an event that has something for car enthusiasts of all ages and automotive interests. The show is the opposite of stuffy. It’s families in shorts and t-shirts with young children riding in strollers and enjoying ice cream. It’s young gearheads with telephoto lenses photographing their dream cars from the 80s, 90s and 2000s. It’s senior citizens reminiscing about the cars of their youth. There’s even a beer tent!
The diversity of cars on the field is always exceptional, but what all of the cars and motorcycles have in common is that they are the best or most interesting examples of that genre and almost all of them have interesting stories.
The 2019 Concours celebrates Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, and the 100th anniversary of Bentley Motors. Show goers will be able to see some of the best examples of those cars to be found anywhere on planet earth.
One collector, John Groendyeke, will be bringing 96 cylinders of Cadillac power from his personal collection. Ninety-six cylinders, but only 6 cars. That’s right, each of the six cars has 16 cylinders! It may be an unrepeatable opportunity to see six 16-cylinder cars in one place.
The History of Alternative Power will showcase almost all of the powertrain ideas that have been explored prior to today. This circle of cars will showcase coal-fired steam cars, wood-fired steam cars, electric cars, Wankel cars, Diesel cars, turbine cars, and gazogene cars. Yes, gazogene.
The Drag Cars class features a dozen of the most incredible cars from history of drag racing, It is not to be missed. In addition, there will be a Formula One class, an Oddities class, and a class called American Power, Foreign Styling.
Modern Collectibles has become one of the more popular features of the show. These are the greatest cars of the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s. Many of them are still affordable for the average enthusiast.
Whatever your interest in cars or motorcycles, the Concours has something for you to see that will blow your mind.