The perfect circles of gleaming white wall tires. Sleek curves and flowing body lines. Glistening candy paint. Chrome so polished you can almost see everything that's good in the entire world reflect back at you from within it. And that's before we even pop the hood.
For Greenwich-area residents who feel their hearts start to race in the presence of iconic automobiles and motorcycles - the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance on the lush green lawn of Roger Sherman Baldwin Park was the ONLY place to be last weekend (June 1-2).
Beautiful and nostalgic vehicles embracing style, function, and beauty were on display amidst the equally stunning springtime backdrop of Greenwich Harbor on Long Island Sound.
This year's Concours honored the centennial of the famous Italian atelier Zagato with displays of more than 25 significant cars bodied by Zagato, with special guests Andrea Zagato, grandson of Zagato founder Ugo, and his wife Marella Rivolta Zagato, a member of the Rivolta family, founder of Italian car maker Iso.
American Orphan Marques and a showcase of orphan motorcycle marques were on the field both days, while Sunday saw a special display of cars from the Bentley Driver's Club in honor of that marque's 100th anniversary. The Zagato and Arnolt cars were shown both days.
A vast array of unique vintage and historic competition cars were on the field, including a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 170 VS, a 1983 Lancia 037, a 1983 March 83G, and a 2004 McLaren MP4-19 Formula 1. American cars were scheduled for Saturday, and foreign cars for Sunday.
In addition, display of new cars surrounded the show field; including BMW, Cadillac, Lincoln, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus and Porsche. Miller Motorcars of Greenwich showcased vehicles by Ferrari, Bugatti, Pagani, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, McLaren, Bentley and Maserati.
There were also a full schedule of book signings, interviews, and special presentations by notable car-culture personalities; including: "Chasing Classic Cars" TV host Wayne Carini, noted race-car driver and TV commentator David Hobbs, celebrated automotive photographer Michael Furman, and author John Nikas - just to name a few.
For those who prefer to travel via water, there were luxury yachts on display at the Delamar dock; including a Swift Trawler 44, a Picnic Boat 37 MKIII and a Sport Boat 40c, and a Fairline Targa 65
Living Greenwich photographer Pam Grunow captured the following photos from this event:
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Eye-Catching Cars Helping Raise Money For Worthy Causes
The Concours raised money for Americares, a health-focused relief and development organization that responds to people affected by poverty or disaster with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. The Stamford, Connecticut based organization is the world's leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies.
A silent auction was also held to raise money for The Hometown Foundation, of Cheshire, Connnecticut - which honors and assists five distinct areas of interest including animal welfare, emergency response personnel, individuals with intellectual disabilities or in need, major illness, and military.
Photos by Pam Grunow