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Inaugural Edison Concours d’Elegance


The Best of Show winners meet at the inaugural Edison Concours d’Elegance | Andy Reid photos[/caption]

Since the Fairfield Concours was discontinued a few years ago, the East Coast has been missing a true top level concours — until last week, when Judge Joe Cassini and his daughter, Caroline, staged the inaugural Edison Concours d’Elegance.

Although this was the first year for the show, it was truly world class. Everything about the event was top notch — the venue, the logistics, and most importantly the cars.

Nowhere in the country except Pebble Beach or Amelia Island has a concours had such an exceptional group of breathtaking cars. Among them were a 1934 Packard Aero Coupe by LeBarron, a 1929 Alfa Romeo 1750SS, two Hispanos, the 1956 Ferrari 250 Boano Cabriolet and a 1954 Cunningham C3Cope by Vignale.

To put it into easy to understand terms, more than 30 cars on the field were Pebble Beach Best of Class winners and four had won Best of Show on the Monterey Peninsula.

The venue was perfect as well. Held on the lawn at the Edison Estate at the prestigious Glenmore neighborhood in West Orange, New Jersey, the setting was a ideal for a concours event, with cars nicely spaced and a background that made for a perfect place to see the cars.

Judges awarded two Best of Show trophies, one — Best of Show American —  to the 1934 Packard Aero Coupe by LeBarron owned by Harry Yeaggy and the other — for European cars — went to the 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet owned by Robert and Ann Lee.

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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