Palm Beach International Concours d'Elegance

Palm Beach International Concours d^Elegance February 2006
The grounds of the Palm Beach Polo Club may not be as elegant as the Palm Beach or Amelia Island Golf Course, but the vehicles and activities rival the greatest of concourses. In its second year, the show has made great strides and is quickly becoming a premiere concourse. Event Chairman Andrew Carduner invited the Gooding & Company to perform an auction on the day of the concours, thus heightening the experience and introducing an additional 55 vehicles to the concours.

'After the success of last year's inaugural event, we have had an overwhelming response from collectors who want to participate in this year's show,' said Andrew Carduner, the event organizer. 'The cars will once again be the stars at the Palm Beach International Concours, and spectators and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see some of the world's rarest and most famous automobiles in a setting that allows the cars the space their dignity and commanding presence deserves.'

In comparison to other concours, the Palm Beach event is unique in many ways. The show field provided ample parking for the show cars, allowing plenty of room for spectators to walk and admire. Spectator parking was in abundance and walking distance.

If one were to guess, it seems that the Palm Beach Concours committee is hoping the success of prior show winners will propel their event into instant popularity. A piece of paper could be found on many of the vehicles describing information about the model or the vehicle. Many listed they had won 'Best in Show' or 'Best in Class' at many events on the concours circuit. Little other information was given. 'To have cars of this caliber in our second year means that we have made our mark on the collector car market and are well on our way to making Palm Beach, and Florida, equal to California's energetic and diverse collector community' adds Carduner, who is a noted entrepreneur and co-founder of the celebrated ‘Doubles' club in New York City.

There were no honored marques or theme; rather, there was a little of everything for everyone to enjoy. There were muscle cars, large and luxurious American classics, European sports cars, hot rods, future classics, historic racers and more. A 1936 Stout Scarab won the Icono Classic Award, truly one of the more unusual designs. It was an impressive and bold design that showed a level of creativity well ahead of its time. The 1910 'Underslung' Traveler built by the American Motor Car Company was also ahead of its time, mechanically. The chassis was built below the axles and elliptical leaf springs, basically turning the chassis upside down, allowing the vehicle sit very low and impervious to roll-overs.

Judging at Palm Beach does not rely on expert judges. Spectators and entrants are encouraged to vote for 'Best of Show'. An advisory board is available to intervene in case of a tie. The cars are organized and judged based on class.

Racing had a large presence, both modern and classic. Brigss Cunninghams first entrance in LeMans was with two Cadillac's, one that had a heavily modified body dubbed 'Le Manstre' and the other was a fairly stock Series 60 Coupe which finished 10th. This Series 60 Coupe, driven by Miles and Sam Collier, was on display this year while the 'Le Manstre' was shown last year. A 1930 DuPont racer, which we have seen racing at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and other sporting events, was showcased. Ferrari's latest mind-blowing supercar, the FXX, was easily the favorite among many younger spectators. Many reminisced over the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport adorned in Sunoco livery. European power was in full force with the Gunnar-Porsche 966, Porsche 917 PA Spyder and 908/2.

How should one rate the success of the concours in its second appearance? There was an estimated 5000 individuals in attendance - not bad for its second year. The true success is two-fold. The organizers, staff, and volunteers did a wonderful job making this a class-act event. The 200+ vintage, antique, performance and collector cars were the true pinnacle. James Patterson's 1947 Talbot Lago T26 with teardrop body design courtesy of Figoni & Falaschi was the highlight winning 'Best in Show' for both the People's and Advisory Board awards. In the next few years expect this concours to balloon into one of the premier events in the United States. There is much appeal to this show: its large open spaces, sunny Florida winter, exquisite automobiles and more.

1910 American Traveler Underslung  
1911 Stevens Duryea Tourer AA  
1912 Hotchkiss AD  
1918 Detroit Electric Model 75  
1927 Packard 426  
1928 DuPont Model G  
1930 DuPont Indy Roadster  
1930 DuPont Model G  
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16  
1931 Lincoln Model K  
1932 Packard Model 902 Eight  
1933 Chrysler CL Custom Imperial  
1935 Cadillac Model 370-D Series 40  
1935 Duesenberg Model SJ  
1936 Buick Series 80 Roadmaster  
1936 Stout Scarab  
1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter  
1938 Hudson Deluxe 8  
1938 Jaguar SS 100  
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve  
1938 Peugeot 402 Darlmat Pourtout  
1940 Lincoln Continental  
1941 Chrysler Town and Country  
1947 Morgan F-Super  
1947 Talbot-Lago T-26  
1948 MG TC  
1948 Porsche 356  
1949 Ferrari 166MM  
1949 Maserati A6/1500  
1950 Cadillac Series 61 DeVille LeMans  
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup  
1951 Jaguar XK120  
1952 Bentley R-Type  
1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM  
1953 MG TD Sport Special  
1953 Porsche 356  
1954 Bentley R Type  
1954 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1954 Ferrari 375 MM  
1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4  
1955 Cadillac Eldorado  
1955 Ferrari 375 America Speciale  
1955 Ferrari 410 S  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300b  
1956 Aston Martin DB3S  
1956 Continental Mark II  
1956 Ford Thunderbird  
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1956 Packard Caribbean  
1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith  
1957 Bentley Continental S1  
1957 BMW 507  
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air  
1957 Chrysler 300C  
1957 Ford Fairlane  
1957 Maserati 3500 GT  
1957 Maserati 450S Costin-Zagato  
1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith  
1958 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III  
1959 AC Greyhound  
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz  
1959 MG MGA  
1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I  
1959 Stanguellini Monoposto Formula Junior  
1960 Chrysler 300F  
1960 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale  
1960 Jaguar MK II  
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1960 Porsche 356 Carrera GS / GT  
1961 Ferrari 250 GT  
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1962 AC Ace  
1962 Fiat Abarth 850 TC  
1962 Ford Thunderbird  
1962 Maserati 3500 GTi  
1962 Porsche 356B  
1963 Bentley S3 Continental  
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso  
1964 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport  
1964 Ferrari 330 GT  
1964 Ford Mustang  
1964 Shelby Cobra 289  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1965 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1965 Porsche 356 SC  
1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1966 Ferrari 365 California  
1966 Rolls-Royce Phantom V  
1967 Austin-Healey 3000 MK III  
1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  
1967 Ferrari 365 California  
1967 Ferrari 500 Superfast  
1967 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1967 Porsche 911  
1967 Porsche 911S  
1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500  
1968 Pontiac GTO  
1968 Porsche 908  
1968 Porsche 911  
1969 Chevrolet Camaro  
1969 Porsche 911S  
1970 Plymouth Road Runner  
1970 Porsche 917  
1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona  
1973 Porsche 911 RS Carrera  
1973 Porsche 911S  
1974 Lotus Europa  
1977 Lamborghini Urraco  
1978 MINI Mayfair  
1979 BMW E26 M1  
1983 Ferrari 512 BBi  
1986 Ferrari 328 GTS  
1987 Rolls-Royce Corniche II  
1989 Ferrari 328 GTS  
1989 Ferrari Mondial T  
1989 Rolls-Royce Corniche II  
1991 Porsche Gunnar 966-001  
1992 Ferrari F40  
1995 Ferrari F355  
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Coupe  
2000 Acura NSX  
2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello  
2001 Lotus Motorsport Elise  
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster  
2003 Audi RS6  
2003 Ferrari Enzo  
2003 Ferrari F2003-GA  
2004 Porsche Brumos Daytona Prototype  
2004 Porsche Carrera GT  
2005 Ford GT  
2005 Lamborghini Murciélago  
2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren  
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  
2005 Saleen S7  
2006 Aston Martin DB9  
2006 Aston Martin DBR9  
2006 Bentley Arnage R  
2006 Chevrolet Corvette  
2006 Ferrari 575M Superamerica  
2006 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti  
2006 Ferrari F430  
2006 Ferrari F430 Spider  
2006 Ferrari FXX  
2006 Rolls-Royce Phantom  

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