ST MICHAELS — In a day of casual elegance and appreciation for grand classic motor vehicles on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Jaguar Land Rover of Annapolis presented the 13th anniversary of St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, Sept. 29 at the Inn at Perry Cabin.
The Chesapeake Motoring Festival was also put on at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum campus.
This year’s event celebrated the 100th anniversary of Bentley. A new Bentley automobile was on display courtesy of Bentley Motors USA.
About 100 grand classic cars, boats, vendor tents and sponsors were on display between the two locations with an estimated 1,500 attendees.
More specifically, Sunday’s event featured rare, pre-war European and American coach-built automobiles as well as post-war sports cars. A new feature for 2019, at 3 p.m. each senior award winner in a Best in Show exhibition drove up to collect their award in a special ceremony on the waterside lawn of Inn at Perry Cabin.
This year the event expanded to include the Chesapeake Bay Motoring Festival, an additional showing of classic and antique cars along with concessions and sponsor tents in the Fogg Cove Landing waterfront campus portion of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Pohanka of Salisbury sponsored the Chesapeake Bay Motoring Festival.
Luke Phipps, Concours chairman, said hundreds of applications flowed in with people eager to display their cars. The applications’ classes of cars exceeded Concours’ strict limitations and so the Chesapeake Motoring Festival welcomed newer car models on the CBMM campus.
“I’d like to thank 100 or more loyal volunteers, entrants, sponsors, advertisers, judges, and automobile support staff that come from all over,” Phipps said. “Many hours of preparation goes into making our motoring extravaganza a success, each one of these individuals play an important role in its orchestration.”
The Inn at Perry Cabin was selected as the Concours venue due to the “beautiful gardens and its grandeur...impeccably manicured gardens and show field.” Phipps said the “Inn at Perry Cabin did an excellent job.”
Best in class was awarded to a 1933 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A two-door sports tourer, Castagna owned by Stephen Plaster with Evergreen Historic Automobile in Lebanon, Missouri.
Cesare Isotta and Oreste Fraschini began producing cars in Milan, Italy in 1899. The company introduced four-wheel brakes in 1909 and built the Tipo 8 Series of cars from 1919 to 1935.
The People’s Choice was awarded to a 1929 Ford Model A Station Wagon, owned by Thomas Fitzgerald of Clayton, North Carolina.
Ford Motor Company introduced the Model A in Nov. 1, 1927. Newspaper accounts told of nearly 10 million Americans having gone to view the new car within the first 36 hours of its introduction.
The Concours d’Elegance event beneficiary was the student chapter of the Bay Country Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America in an effort to fund vocational training in the history of antique and classic cars.
The St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance showcases some of the finest automobiles from around the world and announced the Honorable William (Bill) Alley as Honorary Chairman. Alley is not only a major competitor owning many exquisite classics and recipient of numerous trophies and awards, but also a competitor known as a previous world record holder, a NCAA champion and javelin thrower on the U.S. Olympic team.
During the event, Alley said he values car owners’ attention to detail and history of each car.
“The interest in post-war automobiles is growing and we want to capitalize on this trend,” Phipps said. “The new class debuting on this year’s show field is the Post-War European Sports, Touring and Racing Class featuring rare and significant automobiles 1946-1969.”
“We also have an exceptional showing of prewar coachbuilts too, welcoming for the first time in St. Michaels a 1938 Mercedes Benz 540K cabriolet with coachwork by Norrmalm, just one of three known to exist and the fourth oldest Rolls Royce known to exist. This 1908 Silver Ghost restored in 1972 was originally discovered in 1950 in England in a junk yard working as a tow truck.”
For further information, visit the Concours d’ Elegance website at www.smcde.org .