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The Elegance at Hershey
The Elegance at Hershey is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. The show focuses on elegance, and the well-curated garden party attracts some of the finest creations that ever put rubber to the road. Since there are no featured marques, categories, themes, or celebrated anniversaries, it's always a mystery as to what vehicles or types of vehicles will be on display.
The event is held at the Hotel Hershey in the classically manicured gardens situated high atop the town of Hershey, PA. It features a breathtaking assortment of flowers and shrubs, and a stately collection of rare, signature trees. The location offered ample space for the gala themed night time party, kick-off cocktail party, an Afterglow party, and the Cannonball Run Seminar.
The festivities commenced with The Grand Ascent, a vintage hill climb exhibition in the European tradition, where drivers piloted some of the finest historic race cars up the historic back road to The Hotel Hershey.
Greenwich Concours : International Cars
As the American-built cars rolled off the field on Saturday, it was time for the International cars to shine at the 22nd annual Greenwich Concours d'Elegance. The two-day concours had over 250 vintage cars, classics and modern supercars on hand, with 125 cars and motorcycles on the field for each concours day at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut.
One of the features was the American Bugatti Club display, with more than 20 examples in attendance, overlooking Greenwich Harbor on the Long Island Sound. A 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante, which had sat idle in a garage for 45 years before it was beautifully restored and shown by a private collector, took home the trophy for Best in Show International. Myron Schuster's 1937 Delahaye 135M Competition Short Wheel Base Roadster was the winner of the People's Choice International.
Along with Bugatti, Ferrari also received its own group with an eclectic mix of modern and vintage cars from the company's long and storied past. The earliest example was a 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Competizione Spider with coachwork by Autodromo. Its resume includes racing at the Mille Miglia among other outings, and playing a staring role in the movie
Modern supercars included an F40 and a LaFerrari.
Greenwich Concours : American Cars
The Greenwich Concours is a two-day event that features American built cars on the first with International cars on the second. Popular Hot Rod and Custom Car classes were showcased on the first day, along with Muscle Cars, Brass Era, and Classics.
The display of Hot Rods and Custom Cars ranged from the legendary Ed 'Isky' Iskenderian's 1924 Ford Model T Roadster to contemporary Custom Cars by Rick Dore and Rob Ida. Ida showcased a 1940 Mercury and a 1948 Tucker Custom, uniquely designed and created at Rob Ida Concepts in Morganville, N.J. Dore displayed a 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II 'ReMARKable' and a 1963 T-Bird 'Tango.'
There was a special reunion of Cannonball Outlaw cars in attendance. A group of original outlaws depicted in the 1981 film 'Cannonball Run' came together in one place to recount those outrageous stories of beating the law as they raced cross-country from New York City to Los Angeles in some of the craziest vehicles built for the endeavor. This marked the third reunion since the first car took off from the Red Ball Garage in New York City in 1971.
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
The 2016 edition of the Amelia Island Concours was the warm-up for the 2017 edition.
A year ago, in 2016, the Amelia Island Concours was shortened due to threats of rain. The event, which is held on Daylight Savings Time - meaning there are 23 hours in the day - condensed the day's activities so that there would be time for a successful conclusion of the awards ceremonies.
If 2016 did not prove challenging to the show organizers, 2017 certainly made an impact. With weather forecasts predicting 90-percent likelihood of precipitation and poor weather for the day of the show, the organizers made the decision to hold the event a day early (on Saturday, March 11 instead of Sunday, March 12). This was a bold and monumental decision as meteorologists only provide projections of possible weather conditions. The decision would later prove to be the correct gamble.