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Greenwich Concours honors Zagato, Arnolt and Bentley


The automotive designs of the famed Carrozzeria Zagato of Italy will headline the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, to be held May 31-June 2 at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut.

In its 24th year, the event will again comprise two separate concours held back-to-back, with American cars and motorcycles on Saturday, June 1, and foreign marques on Sunday, June 2.

A 1960 Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato at Greenwich

“Andrea Zagato, grandson of founder Ugo Zagato, and his wife Marella Rivolta Zagato, will represent the Zagato marque and are this year’s concours honorees,” according to a concours news release. “Marella is the granddaughter of Iso’s founder Renzo Rivolta, and works closely with Andrea at the Zagato family business in Rho, Italy.”

Zagato-bodied cars on the field will include those of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati, Lancia, Jaguar, Nissan, Porsche and Aston Martin. Special featured Alfa Romeos are a 1933 8C 2300 Corto Spider originally built to order for race-car driver Tazio Nuvolari, a 1964 TZ1, a 1965 TZ2 and a 2012 TZ3.

Renzo Rivolta will be recognized with a special group of Iso automobiles.

1956 Arnolt Bristol Brolide at 2018 Greenwich Concours | Bearded Mug Media

Also featured during the weekend are the cars created by Stanley H. “Wacky” Arnolt, a Chicago industrialist known for building specialty cars that combined British mechanicals, Italian bodywork and US marketing.

“His son, Michael Arnolt, will be an honorary judge at the concours and will bring his Arnolt-Bristol Bolide,” the release says. “Arnolt-MGs, Arnolt-Bristols and Arnolt-Aston Martins will come to the Concours from as far away as New Mexico and Arizona.”

Other special classes Saturday feature American Orphan Marques, including Tucker and Kaiser, and American Supercharged Cars, such as a 1952 one-off Packard Macauley Speedster with a McCulloch supercharged 359 cid straight-eight engine.

Bugattis on display at Greenwich Concours | Gregg D. Merksamer

Sunday will showcase cars from the Bentley Driver’s Club in honor of the marque’s 100th anniversary, including models from the early W.O. Bentley and Derby Bentley eras, up to post-war and modern examples.

Orphan motorcycle brands, including such models as a 1938 Mandille et Roux D2 “Passe-Partout,” a 1971 Münch Mammoth and a 1950 Vincent Black Shadow Series C, will be displayed during the weekend.

For more information, visit the event website.

Land Rover convergence at Bicester Heritage

Hundreds of Land Rovers of all types and vintages will converge on Bicester Heritage, a repurposed military airfield in the UK, on May 25-26 for the Land Rover Legends gathering.

Hordes of vintage Land Rovers are expected at Bicester | Land Rover Legends

“The event sets out to showcase the very best examples, from original vehicles to renovated and restored cars, including prototype and pre-production vehicles, production models, rare conversions, military derivatives, bespoke conversions and much more, from the 1948 Series 1 to the very latest models,” according to a news release.

A range of special Land Rovers from the Dunsfold Collection will be displayed, in addition to the main exhibits and demonstration vehicles, and vehicles from 20 major Land Rover Clubs.

“Every Land Rover attending – whether with a club or not – will become a part of the show by being displayed in the dedicated forward-parking area that will be set aside to showcase representatives of the marque,” the release says.

For more information, visit the event website.

Vintage race cars at Hershey

 The Elegance at Hershey, a three-day weekend of hillclimbs and concours, takes place June 7-9, at Hotel Hershey in the Pennsylvania capital of chocolate.

Vintage race cars will compete on Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, on the uphill road behind the hotel in The Grand Ascent, modeled after the previous Hershey Hill Climbs and the famed Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.

On Sunday, June 9, the hotel gardens will host the concours d’elegance, a show and competition of exceptional classic cars as well as a display of the Grand Ascent racers.

For more information, visit the event website.

Stirling Moss racing an Aston Martin DBR1 at Goodwood in 1959 | Motorsport Images

Aston Martin to star at Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed has announced that it will celebrate the history and racing successes of Aston Martin during its celebrated “largest motoring garden party in the world,” to be held July 4-7 at Goodwood House in Chichester, West Sussex, England.

The Central Feature will mark 60 years since Aston Martin won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959, driven by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori.

For more information, visit the event website.

Concorso Italiano honors a special Ferrari Dino

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari Dino 246 GT, Concorso Italiano will host a display of the 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, chassis 05984, in which Jack May set the record run from New York City to Los Angeles during the 1975 Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash.

The Jack May Ferrari Dino | Concorso Italiano

The Dino will be shown, along with Jack May himself, at the Heacock Classic display during the concours, held August 17 at Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, California, during Monterey Car Week.

For more information, visit the event website.

More concours and events

The London Concours, which calls itself the capital’s finest automotive garden party, takes place June 5-6 with about 100 cars from the early days of motoring to the latest supercars spread over the five-acre site at the Honourable Artillery Company HQ in the heart of the city. This year, the concours honors the collection of Julian Balme of London and his American classic and performance cars.  For more information, visit the event website.

The National Street Rod Association hosts the Mid-America Street Rod Nationals on May 24-26 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri.  For more information, visit the event website.

Memorial Day Car Show in Sacramento | California Auto Museum

All makes are welcome for a Memorial Day Car Show featuring Vettes and Vets to be held May 27 at the California Auto Museum in Sacramento, California.  For more information, visit the event website.

The Huntington Beach Concours d’Elegance takes place June 2 at Huntington Beach Central Park in California. For more information, visit the event website.

The 26th annual Summer Get-Together presented by the Goodguys Rod and Custom Association takes place June 1 and 2 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California.   For more information, visit the event website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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