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37th Annual Concours d'Elegance of America
The 37th annual Concours d'Elegance of America, established in 1978, celebrated a gathering of 300 significant cars on the beautiful green at the Inn at St. John's. This year, the featured classes included Vintage Bentley, Auto Show '55, Bonneville Streamliners, Cars of Bruce Meyers, Hearses, Bizzarrini, and Dream Cars of the 1980s.
Auto Show '55
The 'Auto Show '55' group celebrated the beginning of the jet age, excessive chrome, tri-tone colors, and high-compression V8 engines. World War II was in the rear view mirror, the Eisenhower economy was beginning to boom, and credit was easily accessible. The market was diverse, offering a stylish alternative for those seeking family-friendly station wagons or flamboyant convertibles. The vehicles were stylish, the future was bright, and sales reach 8.7 million cars and trucks for 1955. That total would not be surpassed until 1965. Claiming 94% of the market share were Detroit's 'Big Three', with General Motors taking the top honors as number-one producer. Sitting side-by-side at this year's event, were nearly a dozen of the finest examples of 1955 vehicles. The list included a Chrysler 300, a Kaiser Manhattan, a Packard Caribbean, and a Studebaker President. The judge's favorite in this group was a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air owned by Robert Chauvin, followed by the Chrysler C300 owned by W.K. Laird.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
Pittsburgh, PA is home to one of the nation's largest vintage race and the only one that is still run on city streets. 150 vintage racers traversed the 2.33 mile, 17 elevation change, 23 turn, circuit through Schenley Park as they negotiated all the hazards that can only be found on an actual city street. The race cars were divided into six different race groups, based on era of production and engine displacement size. Most of cars were small and nimble, and built by Europe Companies such as Triumph, MG, BMW, Porsche, Lotus, Alfa Romeo, Austin Healey, and Jaguar. They were originally designed for small European roads which make them very suitable for the sharp turns and heavy braking that the Schenley Park course demands.
This year had one of the largest spectator turn-outs in the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix's (PVGP) 33 year history, with most selecting the 456 acre Bob O'Connor Golf Course to view the race. The massive expanse of rolling hills is more than adequate for hosting the International Car Show which has over 2,000 vehicles on display and is ranked as one of the largest car shows in the world.
The Grand Prix, the finale of the 10-day event, was precluded by a Kick-Off Rallye, Blacktie & Tailpipes Gala, Historic Racing at Pitt-Race Complex, Invitational Car Show on Walnut Street in Shadyside, Waterfront Car Cruise, a parade through Downtown Pittsburgh, Countryside Tour, and a 'Cars and Guitars' rock concert at Hard Rock Cafe in Station Square.
Festivals of Speed : Amelia Island
Festivals of Speed Motorsports Display was held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort in Amelia Island, Florida. The activities began with a Luxury Lifestyle Cocktail Reception featuring smooth jazz, open bar, themed food display, and a live and silent auction benefitting Communities in Schools of Nassau County. The Luxury Lifestyle display featured fashion displays, fine jewelry, unique timepieces, collectable artwork, exotic travel destinations and much more.
The venue for the automobile portion was held on the 9th fairway of the Oak Marsh golf course. The well-manicured lawn overlooking the marsh provided the perfect platform to showcase the vintage and modern masterpieces.
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Amelia Island celebrated its first annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in 1996 with the legendary race car driver
Sir Stirling Moss
serving as the Honoree. Twenty years later, at the 2015 edition of
, Sir Stirling was once again selected as the Honoree, and honored for his achievements in motor racing and the tremendous legacy he continues to build upon. In celebration, attendees were treated to the presence of over 25 of Sir Stirling Moss' famous race cars, including the three Mercedes-Benz silver arrows he won with in 1955, marking the first time all three historic vehicles were displayed together.
More than 315 magnificent cars and motorcycles from around the world participated in the 2015 Concours, delighting attendees with a remarkable automotive display of style and heritage. This year Stutz was the featured marque. Highlights on the field included the presence of automotive history's most rare classic models: the BMW 328, a collection of 1940s wood-bodied Chrysler models, the Porsche 914 model in its rarest variations and a plethora of pre and post-war racecars. Also on display were a number of outside of the box car classes such as a rare Orphan Concept class including the 1954 DeSoto Adventurer, 'Cars of the Cowboys' highlighting legendary western themed vehicles from TV and film and a 'World Rally Car' class. In addition, a 'Hot Rods: East Meets West' car class delighted car fans by highlighting the differences between East Coast and West Coast customizers and classic Hot Rod styling.
class was comprised of six concept cars from the mid-1950s to early 1960s. The word 'Orphan' was in reference to the marque of a motor vehicle that has discontinued business entirely. The cars in this class were from DeSoto, Hudson, Packard, Mercury, and Pontiac (although Mercury and Pontiac's parent company still exist, they are still considered 'Orphans'). GM Styling produced an X-400 Concept nearly every year from 1959 through 1964. Of those, only the 1960 and 1963 X-400 have survived. Making its first public restoration appearance at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours was the 1963 Pontiac Grand Prix X-400 Concept. Sitting next to the Mercury Concept was the Packard Predictor Concept, one of the company's last triumphs. The Predictor's design is credited to Richard Teague and it was built on a stock Clipper chassis by Ghia. Ghia completed the project in an amazing 90 days, just in time for the Predictor to debut at the 1956 Chicago Auto Show. It was created to 'gauge public opinion on concepts in product improvement and advancement under study by Packard-Clipper product planners,' according to company officials. 'The Predictor is not a dream car, nor is it next year's Packard.' Instead, the Predictor 'offers a realistic approach to functional styling'. The 1954 Mercury Monterey XM-800 Concept, awarded 'Best in Class' by the judges, was conceived by Mercury's Pre-Production Studio, headed at the time by John Najjar and built by Creative Industries of Detroit in 1953. It introduced previously unseen styling cues in Ford products: fins, Frenched headlamps, canted windshield pillars and sail panels, clean sides with concealed wheels and a hint of emerging technologies in the fiberglass body and fully chrome-plated fiberglass bumpers. Many styling cues appeared on the Lincoln Ford Mercury products in subsequent years.
Bonhams Amelia Island Auction