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Elegance at Hershey and Grand Ascent


The Elegance At Hershey is one of the newer concours in the United States, but through some terrific organization and management it has grown to become one of the top concours events in the country in a short period of time.

The Elegance is a three-day event, taking a page out of other concours’ play books and seamlessly blending a vintage-style hill-climb race, seminars and the star of the weekend, the Concours d’Elegance.

The first is what they call the Grand Ascent. This is a hill climb for vintage sports and racing cars that is held on the Friday and Saturday of the weekend. The cars competing on the hill run the gamut with everything from pre-war Bugattis to post-war Aston Martins, Triumphs, Fiat Abarths and MGs. The rain stayed away and spectators were treated to the sight of these great cars racing up the hill at speed in competition for the best time.

Other events on Saturday included the Concorso Bizarro, a show for some of the strangest cars on the road, and a number of seminars with such topics as automotive art and collecting strategies.

Sunday was the main concours event and it absolutely blew me away. The quality of the cars was spectacular with many being former winners at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. They ranged from brass-era cars to post-war sports cars with everything in between.

Standouts were a Studebaker police car with bulletproof glass and gun ports, and  another sort of law-enforcement vehicle, the spy-gadget-equipped Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball.

Photos by Andy Reid

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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