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One-off Darracq/Talbot Lago is Best of Show at Greenbrier

One-off Darracq/Talbot Lago is Best of Show at Greenbrier

Car was ordered by Portuguese count and countess

A 1938 Darracq/Talbot Lago owned by J.W. Marriott Jr. won Best of Show honors this past weekend at the 2019 Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

The one-off Talbot Lago roadster has enclosed front fenders with headlamps recessed into the fenders. The car was ordered in Portugal by Count and Countess Juilo Anahory de Quental Caheiros, who retained ownership until 1975.

The car underwent restoration in 2006 by Classic and Sport Auto in Virginia.

“The overall quality of the cars on the show field Sunday made the job of all the judging teams difficult,” chief judge Phil Neff was quoted in the concours’ news release. “There were multiple cars in almost every class competing for the top awards.”

In addition to the usual concours class awards, other honors presented included People’s Choice to a 1936 Packard V12 owned by Doug Pray, the Dorothy Draper Award for most stylish interior to a 1946 Austin Healey 100M, the Sam Snead Award for best country club car to a 1935 Pierce Arrow 845, Most Historically Significant awards to a 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190b Ponton (road car) and a 1952 Nash Healey LeMans prototype (race car), and the Hagerty Young Judges’ Award to a 1929 Ford Model A station wagon.

The concours weekend began Friday with two driving events one early in the day to Kate’s Mountain Lodge and Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, with the Summit Drive including a visit to Paint Bank, Virginia.

An International Car Show open to a variety of cars was offered Saturday at the Greenbrier. The concours followed on Sunday.

“We’re already counting down the days until the next one,” said Cam Huffman, a member of the concours steering committee.

By the way, that next one is scheduled for May 1-3, 2020.

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