One of the greatest Concours events on the east coast, the Greenwich Concours d ‘ Elegance, is split into two days: a domestic day on Saturday and European day on Sunday. I only made it to the show on Sunday since it is some distance from my home and because I find the obscure European cars more interesting. Check out the gallery below where I have attempted to capture the most interesting cars.
The show was relatively small but it featured some amazing machinery. While I appreciate the cars from the first half of the twentieth century, I do not know them well. What really got my attention were the cars of the 1960s and up. While I am not dismissing vintage Ferraris and Aston Martin DB5s, it was the Citroens, Volvos, and a Russian Volga that really did it for me.
Several brands stood out, such as the Porsche which was most notably represented by a 959, which judging by the color looked like it may have been customized, and a RSR in Gulf livery. With the 50th anniversary of the E-Type, vintage Jags were well represented allowing n00bs such as me to see the styling differences between the model years. Lotus sports cars and race cars of all years were also shown, mostly in beautiful BRG.
Part of the event was also the Bonhams Auction. Unfortunately I did not go into the auction tent because Bonhams was changing an additional $40 entry fee which seemed specifically intended to keep commoners such as myself out. I peeked into the tent and the most interesting thing there was an Aston Martin Lagonda surrounded by typical Italian and British suspects. I must say that the pretentiousness of this auction and the people going into was rather shitty; if you ever wondered how the other half shopped, don’t.
This brings us to the topic of people at this Concours. While I may have a taste for watches, cars, and travels, I am not in the same universe as these people. The “in crowd” men were dulled up in overpriced loafers, khakis, polo shirts with little emblems on them, and obligatory sport coats, topped off with a geeky hat. Their spouses had on summer dresses which were supported by the finest of silicones and again topped off with goofy hats. Fine jewelry was also being shown off, because it’s just improper to drive a vintage Ferrari costing more than middle class family’s new worth without your Patek Philippe. I got a kick out of the fact that they didn’t know how ridiculous they looked.
Few car observations:
- The red Fiat 500 race car is powered by Honda’s B16C engine.
- The ’80 Rolls Royce Corniche has an AC Delco radio just like the one your aunt’s Buick did.
- That E30 M3 Convertible was amazing, it looked as if it has just rolled out of the factory.
- Was nice to see Datsun Z and a Toyota Celica.
- Speaking of BMWs, 2002 Turbo!
- I love the 1995 Jaguar XJR-S, can’t get a more iconic car to represent the Members Only jacket era.