Greenwich Concours returns this fall
Classic car events still deal with postponements and cancellations in the wake of the pandemic, but later this year the Greenwich Concours will return after a hiatus in 2020. The next edition of this popular northeastern event will be held from October 22 to 24. 2021.
It will also be the first year under the ownership of Hagerty, the classic insurance company having acquired the event at the end of 2019 so as not to have to cancel the very next edition of the competition.
There are a number of big birthdays this year; the 2021 competition will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Moto Guzzi, the 120th anniversary of Indian motorcycles and the 100th anniversary of the founding of Duesenberg with featured classes.
Greenwich Concours will also feature a special class celebrating 100 years of Allard, as well as 100 years of Bentley 3 liter cars and 100 years of Springfield Rolls-Royce. The other classes will include Lancia, Right Coast Rods, Vintage SUVs and Ford vs GM.
The format of the event changes a bit. If you’ve been used to touring American cars on Saturday and fighting for a parking spot on Sunday at the Concours Europa, which sees a lot of vintage and not-so-vintage European supercars, this year is going to be a little different.
Friday will see a preview of the Bonhams auction as well as a welcome party hosted by Hagerty for VIPs – both of these events will be by invitation only. Saturday, a Grand Tour open to all exhibitors in the competition promises to travel the most beautiful roads in the border area of ââConnecticut and New York. The Bonhams auction will take place on Saturday, along with the Hagerty seminars presented by the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society. A waterfront party with food and entertainment will also take place on Saturday, either at L’Escale restaurant or at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club.
Perhaps more importantly, Saturday will host a special Lemons Contest display ahead of the first Lemons Contest in Greenwich in 2022. His arrival in Greenwich had been briefly mentioned in the spring of 2020.
Sunday will be the day (and the only day) of the main event of the contest itself, which will feature American and foreign cars.
It will be interesting to see how this new one-day format for the contest ends, as the two-day schedule has been a part of the contest for years. The separate day for the Bonhams auction will perhaps be a welcome change right away, as the auction has had to compete with the competition for Sunday attention in recent years, while the participation of participants on Saturday had generally been overshadowed by the Sunday crowds.
The Saturday auction day and Sunday day contest format appear to be a successful change for the event, and this will allow the contest to make more use of park land on Sunday. The fall schedule should also be a welcome change this year, as visitors to Greenwich have had to contend with temperatures above 90 degrees on its weekends in early June, as well as often powerful thunderstorms l afternoon that would unfold like clockwork at 3 p.m. sharp, just before. the award ceremonies would begin.
Greenwich won’t be the only competition in the North East this fall, as the second year of Audrain’s Newport Concours and Motor Week is scheduled from September 30 to October 3. His very first year was in 2019, and he has reached an impressive level of spectacle. just because of the location of the event itself.
2021 promises to be a very interesting year for both the competitions and their satellite programs.
Visit the Greenwich Concours website for the full schedule and ticket information.
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