18th annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance

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Bugatti Type 45 was a 16-cylinder car using two 8-cylinder blocks side by side. This one is from the North Collection

Photos by Jed Rapoport

Perfect weather marked the 18th annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, which featured an impressive array of cars in one of the most bucolic settings for vintage motordom.

Featured classes included Classic-era Chryslers, open-wheel race cars, Powered by Ford, and HRD Vincent, Brough Superior and under 250 cc motorcycles pre-1974. A special class of pedal cars was a big crowd favorite.

The show field is not large, about 100 cars, but the vast majority are of the highest quality and or historic interest.

Picking the best of show is always a challenge but Judge Joseph Cassini’s 1933 Chrysler Imperial Phaeton with custom body by LeBaron took top honors in the passenger car category while Oscar Davis’ 1954 Maserati A6G-2000 Spyder Zagato ran away with the best sporting marque.

The stunningly beautiful setting of the show on the grounds of the somewhat anachronistic hunting club is enhanced by the show add-ons, such as the demonstration running of the hunting hounds around the show field, the parade of horse drawn carriages that arrives in the middle of the day, and the enthusiast paddock area where local motorheads of all types display their pride and joy.

If you are going to be in the Philadelphia area in September, put the Radnor Hunt Concours on your to-do list.

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Jed's father's life long passion for old cars was passed to him, and at the tender age of three weeks he attended his first car show, the AACA Fall National meet in Hershey. Jed is an MC at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance and judge at several other events. Jed has authored several books on cars and collecting and is considered an authority on the subject of Smith and Briggs & Stratton motor wheels and the vehicles they powered.

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  1. Suggestion: Next time shoot photos in the parking area at Radnor Hunt. It’s practically a second show, although with mostly post-war cars.