Ault Park Concours d'Elegance

Ault Park Concours d^Elegance June 2007
The Event
There was a record turnout of over 280 automobiles on display at this year's Ault Park Concours d'Elegance. Nearly four-thousand visitors flocked to this year's event making it the most successful to date. 'We had an amazing event this year and we are extremely proud of all of the volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors and everyone who supported for the Concours d' Elegance,' said Brandy Jacobs, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Concours d' Elegance Foundation which puts on the event. 'The event's success will directly benefit the work of The Arthritis Foundation and further solidify the Ault Park Concours d' Elegance as rivaling other national car shows,' Jacobs added.

The weekend activities kicked-off with The Grand Gala, a welcoming party that featured an exclusive old-world estate, catered dinner and wine auction. Saturday's activities included a Countryside tour beginning at Mariemont Square and traveling throughout Cincinnati. The tour wrapped up at Zakira's Garage, where guests were treated to appetizers, cocktails, silent auction, and a brilliant car display. Sunday was the concours, with activities that included an Automotive Art Show, Patron Brunch, Concours Fashion Show, Trophy presentation, and of course, the concours show itself.

Ault Park is a very tranquil setting for this prestigious event. The public park and recreation area is well renowned for gardens, historic character, nature trails, picnic facilities, and children's play areas. The large, well manicured lawns provided ample room for the many rare and collectible cars on display, and for the crowds who came to enjoy the event. Many of the cars on display were from the Cincinnati area and surrounding region, which is very rich in the automotive history. Neighboring states such as Indiana, Michigan, and Pennsylvania provided a strong foundation for the evolution of the automobile. Probably the oldest car on display was a Pennsylvania 'native,' the 1906 Autocar. This car had roots dating back to 1897 and was founded in Ardmore, PA. The Lexington marque was based in Connersville, Indiana for most of its lifespan. Auburn, Indiana was the birthplace of the Auburn Automobile, a very memorable marque that produced some of the most well remembered automobiles of the 1920s and 1930s. Vehicles produced in various regions of Michigan also had a strong presence. The Ann Arbor Crossover was produced in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Packard produced their automobiles in Detroit Michigan before shifting to the Studebaker-Packard Corporation of South Bend, Indiana. The concours' home state of Ohio was not to be out shown, with the Stoddard-Dayton, built in Dayton, Ohio between 1905 and 1913, making its appearance at the event. The region's rich history further reinforces and supports this great event.

The cars at the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance took center stage and were given the primary duties of entertaining the crowds. Some concours rely on many activities and the constant ringing of an announcer's voice over the PA system to keep people interested; the Ault Park Concours takes a different approach by allowing the guests to enjoy the vehicles throughout most of the day, before diverting their attention with the awards ceremony.

The Cars
Every class of vehicle was interesting and appealed to all types of individuals. Some visitors were attracted to the muscle cars of the late 1960's, while others gravitated towards the brass era cars and alternative fuel vehicles. The racing category and future classics were especially alluring, attracting crowds that seemed to linger longer than at some of the other groups. This year's concours paid homage to the Legends of British Motoring, reserving several groups that featured only vehicles from Britain. Triumph, MG, Lotus, Jaguar, Lotus, Aston Martin, and Austin Healeys were a few brands that could found in these categories. The other featured category was the re-creation of the 1956 Autorama, including the 1953 GM Futurliner. The 33 foot long, 8 foot wide Futurliner attracted awed-struck crowds as its massive 12-foot tall stance cast a shadow farther than any other vehicle at the event. Powered by a 302 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine that is feed by two 45-gallon fuel tanks, the Futurliner's top speed is 40 mph.

The British Legends, Pre War Classics category had some very impressive machinery on display, including the trio of Rolls-Royces, a Bentley, a couple of 'SS' Jaguars, a Vauxhall Hurlingham, a 2.5-liter Invicta, a Bristol 400, an unrestored AC, and a High Chassis 2-liter Lagonda. The Alternate Power Vehicles Class included steam powered cars from the brass era, to modern attempts at solving this global problem, such as the GM EV1 and the hybrid Toyota Prius. The Prius on display went over 130 mph making it the first production hybrid car to race across the Bonneville Salt Flats. There was even a propeller powered car which was an early attempt at studying the feasibility of airplane technology in a road going vehicle.

This is the only American concours to feature a dedicated class for Asian vehicles. Found in this group were Datsun/Nissan, Honda, Mazda, Acura, and Toyota. The earliest vehicle was the 1937 Toyota AA. The year 1936 marked the birth of Toyota Motor's first passenger car. It adopted the popular streamline style, possessed an ideally balanced load on the front wheel, and offered a superior ride which placed it above many foreign cars in terms of comfort. It was an advanced automobile in many regards. The Acura NSX on display was one of less than 9000 created between 1991 and 2005. The Toyota 2000GT was also produced in limited numbers, between 1967 and 1970. Three hundred fifty-one regular production cars were manufactured, with most being painted either red or white, and selling for approximately $6,800.

The most appealing class this year was the previous Best of Show Winners, for obvious reasons. Included in this group was a pair of Duesenbergs, an Auburn, Talbot-Lago, and a 1910 Stoddard-Dayton. The 1910 Stoddard-Dayton was the very first Best of Show Winner at the Cincinnati Concours, held in 1977. The Stoddard-Dayton Company had a very brief, eight year history. During that time though, the company fostered a reputation for being a luxury marque, and secured themselves in the history books by supplying the first car to pace the Indianapolis 500 race in 1911.

The Awards
This year the awards ceremony was conducted with the help of legendary race car driver and Brit, Vic Elford, who served as this year's Grand Marshal. Elford handed out the awards to winners in the British categories. A few of Elford's racing highlights include winning the Monte Carlo Rally and a victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona. The selection of Elford as this year's Grand Marshal reinforced the concours' vision of honoring the history-making machinery of the British marques.

The 2007 Best of Show winner was the Chrysler CG Imperial with coachwork by Waterhouse. This is the vehicle's second Best of Show award in only a few months; it was awarded this prestigious Best of Show award at the Hilton Head Concours in November of 2006. The car also made an appearance at the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Waterhouse was a well known coachbuilder of the era; they built 300 bodies for various marques, but only 25 are known to still be in existence. Of the 25, only three Chrysler Waterhouse bodied cars existed.

Noteworthy mentions were the two Bladwin-Motion Corvettes that showed up to this year's event. Though both were very deserving only one of them was rewarded with a trip to the awards table. Both cars featured body and interior changes, and an impressive boost in horsepower.

Our personal highlight was the Ferrari 166MM Barchetta, mainly for two reasons. The first reason is it has been out of the public eye for many, many years. The second reason is because of its coachwork body done by Vignale. When compared with its counterparts created by other coachbuilders, Vignale's design appears less clean, but equally intriguing. The rich details such as scoops, vents, and unique hood s, to name a few, offer more detail to study and appreciate. This beautiful car was rewarded with two trips to the Awards table at the Ault Park Concours; one of which was a well-deserved Best in Class title.

The Success
Over the concours' 30 year history, the venue has changed several times and the list of events has continued to mature and evolve. Though much has changed, the vision and passion has remained the same. The first event was held in 1977 on the grounds of Helen Williams' estate. Williams was serving as the Chairman of the Board for the Arthritis Foundation and saw an opportunity to turn the event into a fund raiser. Since that time, the event has turned into one of the Arthritis Foundation's Ohio River Chapter's largest fund-raisers. In 2006, the $1 million mark in total funds raised by the concours was surpassed, a true testament to the dedication of the volunteers and the commitment of the organizers.

1906 Autocar Type 10  
1908 Buick Model 14B  
1911 Ann Arbor Convertible Touring  
1912 Cadillac Model 30  
1914 Locomobile Model 38  
1921 Lexington Series T  
1913 Stanley Steamer Model 76  
1916 Detroit Electric Model 60  
1921 Stanley Steamer  
1932 Helicron No. 1  
1974 Fascination 2DR  
1999 GMC EV1  
2006 Toyota Prius  
1950 GMC Futurliner  
1956 Buick Century Series 60  
1956 Cadillac Series 62  
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air  
1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1956 Continental Mark II Convertible  
1956 DeSoto Adventurer  
1956 Dodge Custom Royal  
1956 Ford Fairlane  
1956 Ford Thunderbird  
1956 Imperial Crown Imperial Series C70  
1956 Lincoln Custom Pioneere  
1956 Packard Patrician  
1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk  
1910 Stoddard-Dayton Model K  
1929 Auburn 8-120  
1929 Duesenberg Model SJ  
1933 Duesenberg Model J  
1938 Talbot-Lago T23  
1925 Buick Master Six  
1925 Flint E-55  
1928 Hupmobile Series A  
1929 Plymouth Model U  
1930 Ford Model A  
1931 Buick Series 50  
1931 Ford Model A  
1935 Dodge Model DU  
1937 Pontiac Deluxe Series 26 Six  
1938 LaSalle Series 50  
1941 Studebaker Commander  
1929 Franklin Model 137  
1930 Packard 733  
1930 Packard 734  
1931 Chrysler CG Imperial  
1931 Marmon Model 16  
1933 Auburn 8-105  
1933 Lincoln Model KB  
1934 Cadillac 452D V16  
1935 Auburn 851  
1936 Cord 810  
1937 Packard 1507 Twelve  
1938 Bugatti Type 57C  
1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1938 Packard 1605 Super Eight  
1940 Cadillac Series Sixty  
1940 Packard Custom Super 8 180  
1941 Lincoln Continental  
1952 Kaiser Virginian  
1954 Hudson Hornet  
1954 Packard Pacific  
1955 Cadillac Custom Viewmaster  
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air  
1959 Chevrolet Impala Series  
1960 Cadillac Eldorado  
1962 Imperial Crown  
1964 Lincoln Continental  
1968 Chrysler Newport  
1965 Honda S600  
1967 Datsun 1600  
1967 Toyota 2000 GT  
1972 Datsun 240Z  
1979 Datsun 280ZX  
1984 Mazda RX-7  
2000 Acura NSX  
1950 Siata Amica 50  
1961 Mercedes-Benz 300D  
1966 Ferrari 330 GT  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280  
1973 BMW 2002  
1983 Ferrari 400i  
1953 Ferrari 166 MM  
1954 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1957 Porsche 356  
1958 Ferrari 250 GT Drogo  
1958 Porsche 356A  
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL  
1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette  
1965 Griffith Series 200  
1965 Shelby Cobra 289  
1966 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto 1600  
1967 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL  
1967 Saab Sonett II  
1970 Porsche 911S  
1972 DeTomaso Pantera  
1973 Ferrari 246 Dino  
1976 Lancia Scorpion  
1953 Victress S1A  
1963 Dodge Polara  
1964 Ford Galaxie 500  
1969 AMC AMX  
1970 Mongoose Indycar  
1992 Toyota IMSA GTP Eagle MKIII  
1999 Ferrari F333 SP  
2000 Toyota Target Champ Car  
2007 Toyota Camry NASCAR  
1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1965 Pontiac Tempest LeMans  
1966 Chevrolet Nova Series  
1966 Pontiac GTO  
1968 Plymouth GTX  
1969 Chevrolet Camaro  
1969 Oldsmobile 442  
1970 Buick Gran Sport  
1971 Ford Torino  
1972 Chevrolet Baldwin-Motion Corvette Moray GT  
1973 Chevrolet Baldwin-Motion Corvette Manta Ray GT  
1977 Porsche 911  
1985 Ferrari 308 Quattrovalvole  
1990 Ferrari Testarossa  
1994 Rolls-Royce Corniche IV  
1995 Ferrari F50  
1997 Ferrari 456 GT  
2001 Audi TT Roadster  
2004 Ferrari 360  
2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom  
2005 Ferrari F430  
2006 Dodge Viper  
2006 Ford GT  
2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS  
1932 Wolseley Hornet Special  
1933 MG J2  
1933 Morgan Super Sport  
1934 MG N-Type Magnette  
1935 Alvis Speed 20  
1935 Aston Martin MKII  
1935 Hillman Aero-Minx  
1936 Jaguar SS 100  
1937 Austin Seven Nippy  
1938 MG TA  
1947 HRG 1500  
1949 MG TC  
1951 Jowett Jupiter  
1952 MG TD  
1952 Singer 4AD  
1954 Arnolt Bolide  
1954 Triumph TR2  
1955 Austin-Healey 100  
1955 Jaguar XK-140  
1957 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MKIII  
1958 Austin-Healey 100-6  
1959 Triumph TR3A  
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato  
1961 Austin-Healey Sprite MKII  
1961 Lotus Elite S1  
1962 MG MGA 1600  
1962 Triumph TR4  
1963 Aston Martin DB4  
1963 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1964 Lotus Super Seven  
1965 Sunbeam Tiger MK1  
1966 Aston Martin DB6  
1967 Aston Martin DB6  
1967 Morgan 4/4  
1969 Morgan Plus 8  
1974 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1975 Triumph Spitfire 1500  
1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I  
1928 Lagonda 2-Liter High Chassis  
1929 Invicta A-Type  
1930 Vauxhall Hurlingham  
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II  
1935 Jaguar SS90  
1936 AC 16/60  
1938 Bentley 4.25-Liter  
1939 Jaguar SS 2.5-Liter Mark IV  
1948 Bristol Model 400  
1953 Nash Healey Pininfarina  
1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I  
1961 Jaguar MKII  
1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II  
1963 Bentley S3 Continental  
1966 Jaguar Mark X  
1971 Daimler DS420  
1978 TVR 3000S  
1988 Jaguar XJ6  
1997 Aston Martin DB7  
1998 TVR Griffith  
2005 Lotus Elise  
1934 MG N-Type NA  
1951 MG TD  
1952 Allard K2  
1957 Lotus Eleven  
1958 Berkeley SE492 Sports  
1965 Lotus Type 38  
1966 Lotus Cortina MKI  
1968 Lotus Type 56  


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