Eye Candy: 6th annual Misselwood Concours d’Elegance

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The stunning vista at the Misselwood Concoudrs d'Elegance | Andy Reid photos
The stunning vista at the Misselwood Concoudrs d’Elegance | Andy Reid photos

My second visit to the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance was much more enjoyable than the first. Oh, there was nothing wrong with the concours a year ago when I first attended. It’s just that the cars were much better this year than last.

The concours, now in its sixth year, is held on the campus of Endicott College, just outside Boston, and the cars are displayed just off the water, which makes for a great visual venue.

Proceeds from the concours, which is staffed 100 percent by volunteers, go to scholarships for deserving students. The school is supportive and very involved in the event and really roll out the red carpet to both car owners and spectators.

Some of my favorite cars this year were the finest example of a 1947 Chrysler Town and Country convertible I have ever seen, a 1955 Arnold Bristol, and a 1954 Cunningham C3. All of these cars were winners in their class, with the Jim Taylor-owned 1954 Cunningham C3 taking home the best of show honors.

These cars were in no way the only standouts. Other amazing cars I wanted to take home were what has to be the most well restored 1958 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite I have ever seen, a 1936 Morgan 4/4 and a 1954 Maserati A6GCS.

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But what really impressed me was that overall quality of the cars on display. While some concours struggle, Misselwood’s array of vehicles made for very difficult decisions by the judges.

Photos by Andy Reid

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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.