Car enthusiasts recently gathered in Newport, Rhode Island to contemplate automotive masterpieces, and what better place than the former home of Vanderbilt The Breakers. The show, called Audrain Newport Concours and Motor Week, ran Wednesday through Sunday and featured 180 of the finest collector cars from across the United States.
The 2021 event lineup included 20 different class competitions and a host of extravagant events, such as a cocktail party at the Tennis Hall of Fame, a Wine by the Water gathering, autograph signing and of course the event. main – the Concours d’Elegance car show. Of course, premium cigarettes were also available on site along with a selection of Ashton cigars.
The ultimate Best in Show award went to a stylish and unique Italian machine: a 1953 Abarth 1100 SS Ghia Coupé owned by Bradley Calkins. The rare car features a light, aerodynamic body, graceful dove-gray paint, and a stunning blue leather interior. With an airplane-like grille, square wheel arches and a relatively expansive front end for such a small car, the somewhat forgotten vehicle reminded attendees of its simple beauty.
Other notable winners include a 1968 Lamborghini Espada, a 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Spider Vignale, a 1959 Porsche RSK Spyder, a 1963 Corvette Z06 and the 1922 Franklin Series 10-A, which won the Class 30 Under 30 from President Jay Leno. The 30 Under 30 is interesting, open only to owners of cars under 30 who have spent less than $ 30,000 on their automobile.
“I’m proud to say that we even exceeded our own expectations for this year’s event and are delighted with the result,” said Event General Manager Donald Osborne. “It’s about bringing automotive folks together to share their stories and create new memories that will last a lifetime. We are delighted to have been able to share the island we love with everyone and to continue to establish our place in the world of global competitions. “
The Breakers, former home of the Vanderbilts, renowned for their wealth, was chosen for its charm as well as for the family history with luxury vehicles. Next year’s ultimate Concours d’Elegance will take place on Sunday October 2 as part of the 2022 Concours & Motor Week which begins on September 28.