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Rain soaks but doesn’t dampen spirits at Radnor Hunt


Rain tried to ruin the annual and recent Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance held northwest of Philadelphia. It rained all three days of the show and it kept some cars away. But it was impressive to see the cars that actually braved the weather. These included more than 10 important Rolls-Royce vehicles, a 1928 Bentley 3 Liter, a pair of Apollo roadsters, a stunning 1968 Bristol 410, and what has to be the finest 1960 AC Greyhound on the planet.

Other surprising appearances, especially considering the weather, were by a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT California Spider SWB, the 1958 OSCA Fiat 1185 Prototype, and the 30-plus amazing motorcycles that were present, including the Burt Munroe World’s Fastest Indian speed record bike.

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Motorcycles, including the ‘World’s Fastest Indian,’ were protected under plastic throughout the weekend

Speaking of motorcycles, Radnor Hunt routinely gathers what has to be the best field of classic motorcycles of any car-centric concours in the country. John Lawless and his team pull out all the stops.

Their special guest this year was none other than 8-time Isle of  Man TT winner and 7-time motorcycles Grand Prix World Championship winner Phil Read, MBE. Read was the first man to win world championships in the 125 cc, 250 cc and 500 cc classes. He was on hand all weekend to chat with fans, sign autographs, and dazzle all with epic stories from his racing career.

Featured classes at the 2018 Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance were Rolls Royce and Bentley, European Style/American Power (hybrid cars) and Fastbacks. The featured motorcycles classes were Indian Motorcycles (1902-1953), Italian Motorcycles (1938-1988) and Superbikes (1970-1993).

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Rain beads on the polished surface of a 1967 Marcos

When the awards were presented, Best of Show went to the elegant 1932 Rolls Royce 20/25 Saloon by Gumey Nutting owned by Forrest McClain and Best of Show Motorcycle was presented to the Victoria Bergmeister owned by Todd Trumbore. 

It is too bad that you can’t see at photo of this amazing bike without it’s cover, but the rain was so bad that it was not a great idea to uncover it for a picture.

The concours really showed the spirit of collectors who braved the elements to show so many amazing cars and motorcycles.

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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