It’s a relatively late bloomer, but the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut is rapidly being accepted as one of the nation’s marquee events for historic automobiles. This year’s edition, the 25th anniversary of the gathering, will be held May 29th through 31st at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, overlooking Long Island Sound. The two lead categories will be Shelby vs. General Motors, and the 100th anniversary of the greatest American car ever, Duesenberg. But there’s more.
This image by Kobus Reyneke, courtesy of the concours, provides an idea of the quality of what’s on display at Greenwich; the car in the image is a postwar OSCA sports racer, designed by the three Maserati brothers. The additional classes for 2020 will cover 70 Years of Allard, Right Coast Rods (I wish my late friend A.B. Shuman, who co-wrote the acclaimed history of New England hot rodding, Cool Cars, Square Roll Bars, was alive to see this), Lancia, Vintage Off-Road, vehicles from the first edition of the Greenwich concours, and Four Or More Cylinders (motorcycles). But perhaps the biggest news is that on the concours’ Saturday date, a new Concours de Sport category for racing cars will debut. We love it. Vintage race cars should be a part of every concours, a practice that the Amelia Island concours in Florida pioneered. Founded in 1996 by the late Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom, the Greenwich was acquired last fall by McKeel Hagerty, the collector-vehicle insurance magnate. It’s definitely worth the price of admission.