1920s elegance rules at Connecticut concours

| 29 Sep 2011

A 1929 Stutz and a 1926 Hispano-Suiza took Best of Show at the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut on 18 September.Ralph and Adelin Marano’s Stutz M-8 (below) scooped the Grand Prix d’Honneur for a domestic marque while Frank Ricciardelli’s Hispano-Suiza H6B (above) took the same award for an overseas make.

The pair were just two of the 215 classic cars to line the lawns of the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, with the annual concours – now in its eighth year –attracting more than 8000 enthusiasts, who voted Michael Schudroff’s 1952 Chrysler SWB Ghia Prototype as the People’s Choice of the show.Highlights of the many other awards included Sonny Abagnale’s 1934 Duesenberg J Riviera, which took home the trophy for the Most Elegant Closed Vehicle, and Robert Torre’s 1967 Lamborghini Miura, which left with the equivalent silverware for an open car.

A 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, owned by Eckert Scheffler, scooped the vote for the Most Exciting Open Vehicle and Sefried Lockard’s project 1952 Cunningham C3 Coupe (below) received the Barn Find Automobile award – with the result a fitting tribute to the concours’ celebration of Briggs Cunningham’s Vignale-bodied coupes.

Adding to the event’s focus on recognising originality was its FIVA Preservation Award which went to a 1959 Ferrari 250GT LWB California Spider while James Lindner’s striking 1965 Sunbeam Tiger (below) won over the hearts of the children attending the event, who gave it the Hagerty Youth Judges Award.

Also impressing spectators was a line-up of Chrysler Hemi-powered cars, together with a selection of Jaguar E-types in honour of the model’s golden anniversary.

See Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance for more.