Legendary record car finishes first at Arizona Concours

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The Mormon Meteor speed-record car has been awarded Best of Show at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance, which took place at the historic Biltmore Resort on 24 January. The 1935 Duesenberg SJ Special shattered the peace with a roar from its supercharged straight-eight as it was driven onto the red carpet by owner Harry Yeaggy of Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Built in 1935, the Meteor was the creation of speed-racing pioneer Ab Jenkins and chalked up a number of record runs on the Bonneville Salt Flats, including a 24-hour average speed of 154mph and 48-hour average speed of 148mph. Jenkins then modified the car for use on public roads. 

The Meteor came out on top against stiff competition, with the field of 99 classics whittled down to four class winners which, in in addition to the speed car, included a 1956 Ferrari 250GT Zagato, a 1931 Chrysler Imperial CG LeBaron dual-cowl phaeton and a 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Pillarless Berline with Figoni et Falaschi coachwork. 

Full list of winners

Best of Show
1935 Duesenberg SJ Special “Mormon Meteor”, Harry Yeaggy, Cincinnati

American Classic Closed
1933 Stutz DV-32 Monte Carlo, Allentown Classic Motor Car. Inc.

American Classic Open
1933 Chrysler Imperial CG LeBaron dual-cowl phaeton, Aaron and Valerie Weiss, San Marino, California

Antique Automobiles - Pre 1915
1910 Pope Hartford Model T, John and Anabel Konwiser, Scottsdale, Arizona

Avant Garde - Pre 1973
1958 Gaylord Gladiator, Ralph Carungi, Glendale, Arizona

Coachwork by Zagato
1956 Ferrari 250 GT Zagato, David Sydorick, Beverly Hills, California

Duesenberg
1935 Duesenberg SJ Special “Mormon Meteor,” Harry Yeaggy, Cincinnati

European Classic
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K, Thomas Taffet, Chatsworth, California

Exceptional Cars of Great Britain
1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental pillarless Berline, Don Williams, Danville, California

Grand Touring - Pre 1973
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, Brandon and Dennis Pobiak, Scottsdale, Arizona

Iconic Postwar American - Pre 1966
1956 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, Daniel Withers, Phoenix

Iconic Postwar British - Pre 1966
1962 Jaguar E-type FHC, David and Robin Levy, Akron, Ohio

Postwar American-Powered Sports - Pre 1966
1961 Chevrolet Corvette Gran Turismo, John and Sonia Breslow, Scottsdale, Arizona

Postwar European Sports - Pre 1966
1960 Porsche S90 roadster, Randall and Julie Knuth, Tucson, Arizona

Postwar Racing - Pre 1966
1957 Bandini Sport International Saponetta, John and Sonia Breslow, Scottsdale, Arizona

Preservation Pre 1966
1962 Ghia L 6.4 coupe, John H. White, Sacramento, California

Prewar Sports & Racing
1935 Miller 2-man Indy Car, Malloy Foundation Inc., Corona, California 

Special Awards
Brass Era

 1898 JeanPerrin Voiturette ‘Vis a Vis,’ Alan Travis, Phoenix

Honorary Chief Judge’s Award
1948 Talbot-Lago Type 26 Gran Sport, Clive and Janet Cussler, Paradise Valley, Arizona

Most Elegant - Prewar
1935 Miller 2-man Indy Car, Malloy Foundation Inc., Corona, California

Most Elegant - Postwar
1949 Fiat Topolino Paroramica 750 MM, Scott Gauthier, Scottsdale, Arizona

Directors’ Choice (three cars selected)
1948 Alfa Romeo Nardi Danese, Brent Berge, Mesa, Arizona
1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 cabriolet A, Aaron and Valerie Weiss, San Marino, California
1953 Buick Skylark, Neil and Patricia Deatley, Scottsdale, Arizona

Historic Vehicle Association - Most significant
1962 Ghia L 6.4 coupe, John H. White, Sacramento, California

Historic Vehicle Association - Car that matters
1957 Arnott-Climax GT, Gregory and Debra Johnson, Irvine, California

Mercedes-Benz Award of Excellence
1936 Mercedes-Benz 290 cabriolet A, Aaron and Valerie Weiss, San Marino, California

Hagerty Youth Judges
1965 289 AC Shelby Cobra, Philippe Reyns, Chandler, Arizona

Phoenix Automotive Press Association - Best Story
1898 JeanPerrin Voiturette ‘Vis a Vis,’ Alan Travis, Phoenix 

Make-A-Wish 
1959 Hank Henry Super Modified, Arizona Open Wheel Racing Museum, Phoenix

Frank Lloyd Wright - Taliesin West
1948 Daimler DE36 Drop Head, Mark Hyman, St. Louis

Frank Lloyd Wright - School of Architecture
1933 Auburn 12 Boattail Speedster, Lou Ficco, Wheat Ridge, Colorado 

 

 

 

 

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