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Concours d’Elegance turns heads, wheels

Posted by Kaileigh Higgins  August 10, 2010 10:00 AM

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The following is a press release from Endicott College:

Last Sunday, Endicott College saw the revival of a North Shore tradition – the North Shore Concours d’Elegance, on the oceanfront grounds of the Misselwood estate on the College’s Beverly campus. The event featured a display of classic and unique cars, a series of fashion shows, musical entertainment, and a classic car art collection.

Concours d’Elegance are held annually throughout the country at a number of prestigious locations, including Pebble Beach, California; Hilton Head, South Carolina; and Newport, Rhode Island. Until 2001, Castle Hill in Ipswich hosted the event on the North Shore.

Patrick Cornelissen, Director of Operations for Event and Conference Services at Endicott College, has been instrumental in bringing the event back to the area. “With an event like this – just as in real estate – an important factor is location, location, location,” he says. “With the Atlantic Ocean in our backyard, we certainly had that covered!”

Cornelissen has been working in collaboration with the North Shore Old Car Club to bring unique cars to the event. “Both current and past presidents, Bob DeSantis and Rick Beecoff, have been very supportive in soliciting car entries and helping with logistics,” he says. The show has already gained the support of other car clubs and organizations.

The weather could not have been better for the dozens of vintage cars and their owners who arrived at Misselwood. A light ocean breeze and numerous sailboats formed a perfect backdrop for this elegant affair with close to a thousand people attending. “It is nice to have a show of this caliber return to the North Shore and Endicott is a wonderful venue for this, commented Robert Kosty, who owns a ’66 Mercedes Benz 250 SE Cabriolet. Kathleen Surette, an alumni from the college, visited the car show with a friend and enjoyed the sunny afternoon: “It was such a beautiful day to be by the shore with all of the fabulous scenery highlighted by the many sailboats in the harbor.

The lineup of cars was indeed spectacular and included a 1904 Grout Steamer which took 91-year old owner Arthur Funai over 50 years to restore. Also present was 90-year old car builder Arthur Bontas who built and designed the 1959 Arthur Bontas Raven, which was restored to its former glory by Joe Germann. Other noteworthy classics included a 1923 REO T6 Phaeton, a ‘68 Ford Shelby GT500E Fast Back, a 1950 Studebaker, a 54 Jaguar XK120 drop head Coupe and even a tiny BMW 600.

The Concours awarded seven best in class awards and one best in show award. Bill Curie from the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group presented the “best in show” award to Bob Katz from Brighton, Mass, with his impeccable 1931 Packard 840 Dietrich Convertible Sedan

“We had an outstanding field of registrants and the families who attended had a wonderful time. I’ve heard nothing but positive comments, which are quite encouraging, knowing that we organized this show to support students and families obtain scholarships”, said Cornelissen, who planned the show for over a year. On top of that, events like these also help support the local economy. We are already looking ahead for next year’s North Shore Concours d’Elegance, which will take place on Sunday July 31, 2011.

Bill Curie from the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group presented the “best in show” award to Bob Katz from Brighton, Mass, with his impeccable 1931 Packard 840 Dietrich Convertible Sedan.

Seven other classes were awarded:

Class I - Brass and Nickel
1882 L.Button & Sons Essex 2 Hand Tub brought by Bill Melanson

Class II - Classics and Significant thru 1932
1932 Cadillac 355B conv coupe owned by Fred Jackson

Class III - Pre War Classics and Significant 1933-1942
1934 Hudson Light 8 conv coupe owned by Jim DeGregorio

Class IV - Vintage Sports & GT
1951 MG TD roadster owned by Ski & Marie Raymond

Class V - Most Significant 1946-1950
1950 Chrysler Town & Country coupe owned by Gene Sebastian

Class VI - Most Significant 1951-1960
1957 fuel injected Chevrolet Corvette conv owned by Stan Cryz

Class VII - Most Significant 1961-1970
1970 Plymouth Cuda AAR coupe owned by Jerry Dawson

Best in Show
1931 Packard 840 Dietrich conv sedan owned by Bob Katz
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Bill Curie from the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group presented the “best in show” award to Bob Katz from Brighton, Mass, with his impeccable 1931 Packard 840 Dietrich Convertible Sedan.


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