32nd Annual Ault Park Concours d'Elegance

32nd Annual Ault Park Concours d^Elegance July 2009
The 32nd Annual Ault Park Concours d'Elegance, held in the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, had over 230 rare and historic vehicles in the scenic gardens of Ault Park. 'We had an amazing event this year, particularly considering the current economic conditions. Not only did we have record attendance for Sunday's Concours, our Friday night fundraising event and Saturday countryside tour and garage party were extremely well-attended' said Sue Willis, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Concours d' Elegance Foundation.

This years event celebrated 'Excellence in German Design and Engineering,' land speed record vehicles, and Morgans 100th anniversary. There were five classes representing the featured theme, including racing, sports & touring, and contemporary cars from the pre- and post-War eras. In the Morgan class, were over a dozen examples representing many of the models produced during their existence. On January 2, 1904, Charles Schmidt drove the lightning-quick Packard Gray Wolf, at 1,430 pounds, to a new five-mile record of 4:21.6 minutes, in the medium weight category. The Packard Gray Wolf made a rare trip from its museum home to attend this year's concours. It was one of the oldest cars on display.

The Vehicles
The organizers did a superb job of assembling a wide variety of vehicles capable of capturing the interests and admiration of the young and old alike. One section of the field was reserved for Collector and Performance American cars ranging from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s. One of the highlights in the performance category was the 1969 Chevy Chevelle with the Yenko Sports Car Conversion Package. It is one of only 99 COPO/Yenko Chevelles produced. Best of Class honors went to the 1969 Dodge Coronet Hemi Super Bee owned by Tom James of Cincinnati, Ohio. It is one of 29 Hemi Super Bee's built in 1969 and is powered by a 426 cubic-inch engine offering 425 horsepower. In the Collector American category, Best of Class honors went to a 1964 Ford Mustang Convertible owned by Nick Ferry of Cincinnati. The Mustang beat several worth contenders, including a Packard 400, a Tucker Torpedo, Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, and a Muntz Jet Sports Convertible.

Greeting visitors as they arrived were the Sports Contemporary, Collector Foreign, Collector Asian, and Sports-Classics. In contrast to the American Performance and Collector cars, the cars in these categories were much smaller in all respects, including width, height, length, and wheelbase. Small, nimble vehicles such as the MG J2, MG TC, Allard J2, Austin-Healey, and Austin Seven lined the field. Exotic Briklins, Ferraris, Jaguars, and Lamborghini's completed most of the Sports Contemporary category, with Datsun, Nissan, Mazda, and Acuras representing the Collector Asian category. A 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 took Best of Class honors in the Collector Foreign category, beating out an amazing Lamborghini 350 GT Coupe and a Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2.

The upper section of the Ault Park field housed the Antique, Early Classics, and pre-War vintage automobiles. In the 'Antique through 1924' category, the judges selected the 1904 Premier Model F as their favorite. It is one of only two extant and one of the earliest vehicles ever created from this short-lived manufacturer. Hallmark names such as Packards, LaSalle, Auburn, Franklin, Cadillac, Cord, and Lincoln made up most of the Pre-War and Classic vehicles. It was a fine assortment of open and closed vehicles ranging from touring cars, to coupes, to convertible sedans.

The very eye-catching 1933 Auburn Salon Convertible Retractable Roof owned by Timothy Durham of Indianapolis, IN was awarded with the Cincinnati Mayor's Cup award and Best of Class in the Pre-War Classic Early - CCCA, 1925-1934 category.

Best of Show
This year, there were three vehicles that were clearly the most elegant and the most capable of winning 'Best of Show' honors. They were in the same class and sat side-by-side on the show field. The first car in this group to arrive was the Mercedes-Benz 500K. With six feet of hood separating the driver from the front of the Mercedes 500K, there had to be something important under all that elegantly styled sheet metal. In this case, it was a legend - and an enormous engine. The early thirties saw Daimler-Benz begin to design high-speed touring cars, with the 500K one of the proudest accomplishments. The eight-cylinder, 5-liter big-bore engine was supercharged with the 'K' standing for Kompressor, and engaging it rewarded drivers with a distinctive C-note from the 500K's whining blower. The example on display was rebodied from a 540K to a 500K Special Roadster in 2000, and the engine and chassis numbers are matching.

The second contender arrived a short time later, taking its resting spot beside the 500K. It was a Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A wearing coachwork by Sindelfingen. It is one of only 83 Cabriolet A's built and it has won numerous National Awards.

The third contender was the Horch Model 853 Erdmann & Rossi Special Roadster. It is the rarest of the straight-eight Horches, with only eight built in two series. The engine is a 4944cc OHV design producing 120 bhp at 3600 rpm, and is accompanied by a four-speed transmission with overdrive. The 853 was referred to in Horch literature as being built on a 'short wheelbase,' but shortness is surely relative, since the wheelbase measures 135 inches.

This year, the judges task for selecting Best of Show was rather easy, since the Horch had won Best of Show honors at Pebble Beach in 2004, and several other events since that time. The owner, Mr. Joseph Cassini, has had a brilliant streak of Best of Show honors at recent concours events, including Greenwich, Glenmoor Gathering, and Meadow Brook (to name a few). Though the two Mercedes-Benz were certainly contenders for Best of Show honors, the Horch was the most deserving of this prestigious award. The Horch also won the Award for Best Interior.

The Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, owned by James Patterson, Sr. of Louisville, KY, was awarded with the 'Best of Featured Marque' award. The 500K Special Roadster, owned by the Kemp Auto Museum, won the 'Jack O'Connor Trophy' for Best Style & Elegance, in the Open Coachwork category.

The vehicle that obtained the most votes in public balloting, winning the People's Choice Award, was the 1985 Porsche Rothmans 962C owned by Stanley Ross of Columbus, Ohio. The judges selected the 962C as the Best of Class in the 'Feature Marque - German Racing, All years.'

Conclusion
The weather cooperated and the selection of automobiles were truly magnificent. The crowds responded, coming out in masses, making this year the most successful event to date.

Galleries
1904 Premier Model F  
1909 Buick Model 10  
1910 Flanders 20  
1911 Cadillac Model 30  
1912 Cadillac Model 30  
1912 Ford Model T  
1914 Packard Series 4-48  
1924 Ford Model T  
1931 Ford Model A  
1932 Ford V-8 Model 18  
1937 Cadillac Series 60  
1938 LaSalle Series 50  
1938 Oldsmobile Series L  
1938 Packard Super Eight  
1939 Buick Century  
1939 Ford DeLuxe V8 Model 91A  
1940 Mercury Eight Series 09A  
1941 Packard 120  
1941 Studebaker President  
1942 Cadillac Series 61  
1925 Kissel Model 75  
1928 LaSalle Model 303  
1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight  
1930 Auburn 8-95  
1933 Auburn 8-101  
1934 Cadillac 452D V16  
1934 Packard 1105 Super Eight  
1936 AC 16/60  
1936 Cadillac Series 85  
1937 Cord 812  
1940 Lincoln Zephyr  
1942 Packard Super-8 One-Sixty  
1948 Bristol Model 400  
1964 Jaguar 3.8 MKII  
1964 Maserati 3500 GTi  
1966 Lamborghini 350GT  
1966 Lancia Fulvia  
1968 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2  
1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV  
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4  
1972 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1973 Datsun 240Z  
1979 Datsun 280ZX  
1986 Toyota MR2  
1988 Mazda RX-7  
1988 Nissan 300ZX  
1991 Acura NSX  
1960 Ferrari 250 GT  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette  
1964 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4  
1967 Ferrari 275 GTS  
1967 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1968 Triumph TR250  
1974 Bricklin SV1  
1930 Austin Seven  
1932 MG M-Type Midget  
1933 MG J2  
1947 MG TC  
1949 Crosley Hot Shot  
1950 Allard J2  
1952 MG TD  
1954 MG TF  
1957 Austin-Healey 100-6  
1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1935 Adler Trumpf Junior  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K  
1937 DKW F7  
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1938 BMW 327  
1938 Horch 853 A Erdmann & Rossi Roadster  
1952 Mercedes-Benz 220  
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S  
1966 Volkswagen Beetle 1300  
1967 Mercedes-Benz 300SE  
1969 Mercedes-Benz 600  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280  
1972 BMW 2000  
1972 BMW 3.0 CS  
1952 Porsche 356  
1953 Porsche 356  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing  
1957 Porsche 356 Carrera 1500 GS  
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1959 BMW 507  
1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL  
1967 Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia  
1969 Opel GT  
1970 Porsche 911S  
1973 Porsche 914  
1937 BMW 328  
1959 Porsche 718 RSK  
1964 Porsche 904  
1967 Porsche 910  
1973 Porsche 911 RS Carrera  
1973 Porsche 911S  
1974 Porsche Carrera RSR 3.0  
1980 BMW E26 M1  
1985 Porsche 962C  
2000 Porsche 911 GT3  
1979 Porsche 911 Turbo  
1980 BMW E26 M1  
1982 BMW 323i  
1986 Porsche 944  
1988 BMW M6  
1988 Porsche 911 Carrera  
1998 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class  
2000 BMW Z8  
2005 Porsche Carrera GT  
1948 Mercury Series 89M  
1948 Tucker 48  
1950 Ford Custom Deluxe  
1951 Muntz Jet  
1953 Ford Crestline  
1955 Packard Series 400  
1956 Ford Thunderbird  
1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk  
1962 Cadillac Series 62  
1964 Ford Mustang  
1964 Studebaker Avanti  
1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme  
1969 Buick Wildcat  
1961 Ford Galaxie  
1963 Dodge Polara  
1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Series  
1966 Ford Mustang  
1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350  
1969 Chevrolet Camaro  
1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Series  
1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee  
1969 Mercury Cyclone  
1969 Pontiac GTO  
1970 Oldsmobile 442  
1931 Ford Gemsa Sprint Car  
1952 Allard J2X  
1959 Lesovsky Indy Roadster  
1964 Alfa Romeo TZ-1  
1964 Cooper Monaco  
1970 Dodge Challenger  
1933 Morgan Super Sport  
1936 Morgan 4/4  
1947 Morgan F-Super  
1953 Morgan Plus Four  
1960 Morgan Plus Four  
1961 Morgan 4/4  
1962 Morgan Plus Four  
1967 Morgan Plus Four  
1972 Morgan Plus 8  
1985 Morgan Plus 8  
2002 Morgan Plus 8  
1975 Chevrolet Vega  
1981 DeLorean DMC-12  
1981 Lancia Zagato  
1984 Ferrari 512 BBi  
2008 Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M  
1903 Packard Model K-S Gray Wolf  
1972 Stutz Blackhawk  
1979 Stutz Bearcat  
1994 Rolls-Royce Corniche IV  
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