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Weekend plans? Hit the Newport Concours d'Elegance

Newport Rhode Island Concours d'Elegance
2009 Newport Concours d'Elegance

A concours event in the beautiful environs of Newport, Rhode Island sounds like one of the best excuses I've heard lately for a road trip. To start the event off, there'll be a road tour of Newport and its surrounding area on the morning of Saturday, May 30th. If you've never seen the obsessively prepared vehicles that participate in one of these events, it will be quite the sight to behold. The passel of cars will visit Sakonnet Vineyards, the Carnegie Abbey Club, and the National Museum of American Illustration, so anywhere along the route should be a prime spot for taking in the sights, and there may still be room to join in if you get in touch with the event's organizers.

The Concours proper will take place at Fort Adams State Park on Sunday, May 31st, and being a Concours,  there will be an awards ceremony. There's more information about the happenings in the Newport Concours Invitation Letter, if you're interested in dusting off your Hispano-Suiza and heading south, or you just want to take advantage of the forecasted break in the rain. This is the 4th year of the Newport Concours, at least in modern times. It's an 1899 event at BelCourt Castle in Newport that's recognized as the first Concours d'Elegance in America.

There's lots of events going on in our region this summer, and as we ramp into the season, I'll do my best to get the word out. Feel free to drop your own announcements into the comments here.