Cincinnati’s concours is a great classic car showcase

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This 1963 Studebaker Avanti was part of the Mid-Century Modern American car class at The Cincinnati Concours at Ault Park | Andy Reid photos

June is a busy month in the collector car hobby, with lots of competing events to attend. Usually, I go to The Elegance at Hershey but this year I was invited to judge at The Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance and decided to try something different.

I did not know much about the Cincinnati Concours when I was asked to go, but after some research I learned some interesting information. For example, the Cincinnati Concours at Ault Park is one of the longest-running concours events in the United States; this year celebrated it’s 41st year. 

Party at the hangar opens the concours activities

The event starts with a hangar party at the old Lunken Airport. The party, like other hangar parties, brings together aircraft, cars and collectors. This catered event was simply wonderful, with great food, amazing cars and wonderful car collectors.

Sunday is the big concours day. This year it celebrated Mid-Century Modern American cars, Japanese cars, and a 95-year celebration of MG cars. In addition, the Cincinnati Concours also features an Honored Collector, this year saluting Joe and Margin Cassini. The Cassinis brought four of their cars to the event, all of which were simply breathtaking.

I was happy to find out that I was judging the pre-war MG class. The cars in the class were simply amazing. 

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Some of the MGs entered in the concours

My favorite car of the concours was a 1934 MG NA Evans-Wilkinson Special that was raced extensively in period by Doreen Evans, one of the first successful women drivers of the period. The car is owned by Brenda Benzar and she was nice enough to let me sit in the car to get a feel for it. She offered to let me drive it but I declined, not wanting to risk damaging the car.

The Japanese class, which had help from Nissans Classic department, also had some amazing cars. The two that really got my attention were the stunning, completely original Infiniti M30 coupe and the 300ZX prototype. 

Andy tries on the 1934 MG NA Evans-Wilkinson Special

At the end of the day, the William K. Victor Best of Show award went to the 1927 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Roadster by Fleetwood owned by the Cassinis. The award was well deserved as like all of their cars, it was an amazing restoration.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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