Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles

Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles September 2009
The 15th annual Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles showcased over 200 invitation-only vehicles arranged in two dozen categories on the beautiful grounds of the Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, Ohio. The event honored one of the most underrated automobile executives, Edsel B. Ford, the only son of Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford. The Grand marshal was Moray Callum, the newly-appointed executive director of Ford Americas design. The event also recognized the accomplishments of Alice Ramsey, who, in 1909, became the first woman to drive an automobile across the United States.

The diverse field of cars ranged from the early 20th century to the modern 'muscle' era. At the far end of the field were modern supercars from such legendary marques as Vector, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Ferrari.

It seems that every year, there are several 'memorable' categories that resound in the hearts of the automotive enthusiast. Leading the way was the Amelia Island Concours with their 'Giallo Fly - Yellow Italian Cars.' The Meadow Brook Concours had their 'Swoopy Coupes' featuring several fastback designs from the late 1930s and early 1940s from many different marques. On paper, these categories are both 'fun' and genius. On the show field, with each vehicle complimenting the next, these categories were truly memorable. The Glenmoor Gathering had an equally intriguing and memorable category - 'Vintage French Fronts.'

The French Front category was reserved for pre-War cars that had no radiator or grille shell and did not conform to the traditional design of other motorcars. Renault, one of the world's oldest automakers, was an early pioneer of this styling idea. Franklin, an American based company, also championed the design, though for an entirely different reason. The Franklin had no need for a grille since their engines were air-cooled. The Glenmoor Concours did an exceptional job at showcasing many of these rare and unique cars at their event. The list of examples included several Renaults and Franklins, along with a 1903 Autocar, an electric-powered Argo, and a Siddeley-Deasy.

At this year's event, several categories were reserved for Edsel Ford. One was for cars he personally owned, one for Ford and Mercurys, one for classic Lincolns, and another for Zephyr & Continentals. Ford's creativity and passion was easily evident in each of these categories. The category housing the cars once owned by Edsel Ford was a visual representation for his personal tastes in automobiles, which extended to expensive foreign makes such as the 1922 Hispano Suiza with custom coachwork by Brunn of Buffalo, NY. Also in this group were two breathtaking Speedster Specials and a one-off Brewster bodied Ford.

In the Professional Cars category were some remarkable works of art and craftsmanship, particularly the two Packards. Both Packards were built in 1937 and are currently on display at the Canton Classic Car Museum. One is a flower car; the other an 'Art Carved' Hearse. These rolling works of art rode on a chassis that was extended by 34 inches, increasing the wheelbase to an impressive 166 inches. On the hearse, skilled craftsman hand-carved the outside panel from mahogany to resemble drapes, or curtains. The inside is just as impressive - with lights that shine on the hand carved, cathedral shaped columns when the rear door is open. Deep purple velvet interior adds warmth and elegance.

Sitting in close proximity to the Professional Cars category were the American Performance cars and the Great American Woodies. The woodie category had the station wagon design along with the seldom seen two door convertible style. In the American Performance group were many legendary names, including the Charger, Road Runner, Firebird, and GTO. The 1970 Chevy Hurst Yenko Nova was one of only 50 built by Hurst at the direction of Don Yenko. It is one of only 10 produced with the Huggar Orange paint job, and the only example ever built with the Hurst five-spoke magnesium wheels.

Best of Show
As the cars continued to roll onto the show field, several cars began to stand out as contenders for Top Honors. Two of the early potential cars were the sixteen cylinder Marmon and Cadillac. They were some of the most mechanically significant cars on the field wearing clean, well-restored coachwork. Three other cars appeared to be potential winners - a Duesenberg, a 540K Mercedes-Benz, and a Graham Series 116. The Graham, an unlikely winner (not because it wasn't deserving but because of its competition), had a six-cylinder, supercharged engine and a wheelbase that measured 116-inches. The coachwork was courtesy of a Switzerland based firm called Worblaufen. The two-door convertible coupe had teardrop fenders, no running boards, and plenty of chrome. The Graham was positioned next to the 540K Mercedes-Benz. Comparing these two cars, the 540K had a more profound presence. It is a one-off custom built Cabriolet by the German coachbuilder Sindelfingen. The letter 'K' in the model designation stood for 'Kompressor,' German for supercharger. While the Graham had a six, the Mercedes had an eight-cylinder motor.

The Model J Duesenberg wore coachwork by Hibbard & Darrin in a closed coupled Victoria design. It is one of only 12 bodies produced by Hibbard and Darrin for Duesenberg.

Making the decision for Best of Show was a long list of capable judges. Included in the list were Bill Warner, founder and director of the Amelia Island Concours, and Larry Smith, the past chairman of the Meadow Brook Concours. With automotive legends such as these, it was guaranteed that the best car on the field would be chosen. That car was the Duesenberg owned by the Off Brothers of Hickory Corners, Michigan.

Conclusion
Beautiful scenery, warm weather, and a great selection of historically unique automobiles made the 15th Annual Glenmoor Gathering another great installment of this event. It is one of the premier concours events on the east coast and continues to attract great cars, top collectors, and capable judges.

The event attracts thousands of automotive enthusiasts. In 2008, more than 4,500 people were in attendance. The weekend activities include a countryside tour, cocktail party and gala dinner, cooking demonstrations, a junior judges' program and other family activities.

Sharing in the proceeds from the annual event were the Mercy Medical Center of Canton, its Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation project, and University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital.

Galleries
1908 Cadillac Model M  
1911 Maxwell Model AB  
1911 Oldsmobile Limited  
1913 Stevens Duryea Model C  
1917 Mercer 22-73  
1917 Winton Model 33  
1918 REO Type T  
1919 Holmes Series A  
1923 Haynes Model 55  
1924 Studebaker Light Six  
1928 Hudson Model O  
1928 Whippet Model 96  
1931 Chrysler Series 70  
1931 Plymouth Model PA  
1933 Willys Knight Model 66E  
1936 Buick Series 40 Special  
1937 Chrysler C-16 Royal  
1947 DeSoto Custom Series  
1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan  
1950 Mercury Series 0CM  
1951 Ford Custom Deluxe  
1953 Buick Series 70 Roadmaster  
1954 Buick Skylark  
1954 Oldsmobile Super 88  
1955 Ford Fairlane  
1956 Continental Mark II  
1957 Buick Super Series 50  
1957 Nash Ambassador Series 80  
1959 Ford Galaxie  
1959 Ford Thunderbird  
1960 Buick Electra  
1964 Ford Mustang  
1964 Lincoln Continental  
1964 Pontiac Grand Prix  
1965 Pontiac Tempest LeMans  
1923 Duesenberg Model A  
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost  
1927 Hudson Speed Six  
1927 Packard 336  
1928 Graham-Paige Model 835  
1929 Packard 633  
1930 Cadillac Series 353  
1930 Duesenberg Model J  
1930 Packard 733  
1930 Packard 740 Custom Eight  
1930 Willys Knight Model 66B  
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16  
1931 Chrysler CG Imperial  
1932 Marmon Sixteen  
1932 Packard Model 905 Twin Six  
1933 Auburn 8-101  
1934 Packard 1107 Twelve  
1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K  
1937 Graham-Paige Series 116  
1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30HP  
1938 Cadillac Series 60  
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve  
1940 Packard Custom Super 8 180  
1941 Packard Super 8 160  
1947 Cadillac Series 62  
1947 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith  
1948 Lincoln Mark I Continental  
1922 Hispano Suiza H6B  
1932 Ford Special Speedster  
1934 Ford Brewster  
1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster  
1938 Lincoln Model K  
1940 Lincoln Continental  
1941 Lincoln Continental  
1928 Ford Model A  
1931 Ford Model A  
1934 Ford Model 40  
1935 Ford Model 48 Eight  
1936 Ford Model 68  
1937 Ford Model 78  
1940 Mercury Eight Series 09A  
1941 Ford Deluxe  
1941 Ford Super Deluxe  
1926 Lincoln Model L  
1927 Lincoln Model L  
1931 Lincoln Model K  
1932 Lincoln Model KB  
1933 Lincoln Model KB  
1936 Lincoln Model K Series 300  
1937 Lincoln Model K  
1939 Lincoln Zephyr Series 96H  
1940 Lincoln Continental  
1941 Lincoln Zephyr  
1942 Lincoln Continental  
1935 MG PA  
1947 Morgan F-Super  
1953 Jaguar XK120  
1954 Triumph TR2  
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL  
1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE  
1964 Porsche 904  
1954 Ford Comète Monte Carlo  
1954 Panhard Ghia-Aigle  
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 S  
1958 AC Aceca  
1960 Bentley S2 Continental  
1951 Muntz Jet  
1952 Gregory Sports Roadster  
1954 Hudson Italia  
1954 Kaiser Darrin  
1955 Ford Thunderbird  
1962 Chevrolet Corvette C1  
1965 Chevrolet Corvette C2  
1911 EMF Model 30  
1932 Moyers Simplex Special Beach Racer  
1956 Dellow MKV B  
1957 Lotus Eleven  
1927 Henney Hearse  
1937 Packard 1508 Twelve  
1959 Cadillac Series 6700 Fleetwood 75  
1903 Autocar Type VIII  
1909 Renault Type AI  
1910 Franklin Model H  
1910 Renault Type AX  
1911 Franklin Model D  
1912 Renault Type AX  
1912 Siddeley-Deasy 14/20 Torpedo  
1913 Argo Model B  
1913 Renault Model DM  
1914 Renault EF  
1915 Franklin Series 8  
1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX  
1968 Pontiac Firebird  
1969 Dodge Charger  
1969 Mercury Cyclone  
1969 Plymouth Road Runner  
1970 Chevrolet Nova Series  
1970 Pontiac GTO  
1940 Buick Series 50  
1947 Ford Super Deluxe  
1948 Plymouth Special Deluxe  
1949 Chrysler Town & Country  
1949 Packard Eight Series  
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Lightweight  
1977 Maserati Khamsin  
1979 Matra Murena  
1984 TVR 390 SE  
1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 Quattrovalvole  
1996 Vector Aeromotive M12  
1999 Vector M12  
2001 Lamborghini Diablo  
2003 Ferrari 360  
2007 Bugatti 16/4 Veyron  
2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder  
2009 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione  
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