Cincinnati gearheads put together another great Concours d’Elegance at Ault Park on June 8th. This was the 37th annual Concours and had the theme “Art of the Automobile – Great American Design.” Special displays celebrated 50 years of Mustang, 100th Anniversary of Maserati and Micro cars.
Concours activities began on Friday with a Concours “Cruisin’ for a Cure” Dinner and Live Auction to celebrate the opening of the Concours weekend with an exclusive evening at the Drees Pavilion located in Covington, Kentucky. Festivities began with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres as guests enjoyed a display of collector cars and one of the area’s best views of the Cincinnati skyline and the Ohio River. A sit-down dinner and live auction completed the evening.
Saturday’s events included a Mustang seminar with Jack Telnack, retired corporate vice-president of design for the Ford Motor Company. The seminar was free and enjoyed by many tri-state Mustang aficionados. Also on Saturday was the Countryside Tour where participants gathered at Mariemont Square beginning at 11:00 a.m. for an informal car display, then departed for a scenic drive around the Cincinnati area arriving in historic Augusta, KY for dining, shopping and a chance to attend the 14th annual “Art in the Garden.”
Activities moved to the Executive Jet Management hangar at Cincinnati’s Lunken Airport where attendees enjoyed an impressive display of luxury jets, new Maseratis, contrasted with vintage planes and collector cars. Chef Jeff Thomas presented his “dinner by the bite” gourmet hors d’oeuvres, complemented by a variety of beers, wines, and spirits. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of items in a silent auction.
Sunday’s Ault Park Concours d’Elegance featured a display of over 200 premier collector vehicles. There was an automotive fine arts exhibit and a Chef Jeff Thomas catered “Brunch at the Pavilion” and a drive-thru awards ceremony. The results are in and Major award winners were:
Best-of-Show Concours: 1934 Packard Twelve LeBaron Boattail Speedster
Best-of-Show Esprit de Sport: 1929 Stutz Model B Blackhawk Speedster
Judges Choice: 1939 Cadillac Model 75 Limousine
Peoples Choice: 1965 Peel P50
Hagarty Youth Judges Choice: 1930 Cadillac Model 452 V-16 Town Sedan
Best British Sports Car: 1936 MG-PB
Best-of-Class - Sports Classic: 1953 Fiat 8V Coupe
Best-of-Class – Collector Foreign: 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I