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The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance 2022: Quality over Quantity

For the second year of Hagerty ownership, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance returns to its site in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, overlooking Connecticut’s Greenwich Harbor, from June 3 to 5.

Hagerty also recently purchased the Amelia Island concours, a North Florida staple. “These concours events are very important for the car world,” said Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty. “They’re part of our mission to save driving and car culture for future generations. It’s a community that gathers together.”

Matt Orendac, vice chairman of the concours group at Hagerty, said there are no plans to move from the current waterfront location, which is gorgeous but requires a shoehorn to fit everything in. Events start with a Grand Tour around Greenwich’s leafy lanes on Friday. Saturday is reserved for a Griot Garage-sponsored Cars and Community event, including a Concours d’Lemons (celebrating automotive mistakes and cars that missed their 100-point restorations) and RADwood (celebrating cars of the 80s and 90s). To encourage younger entrants into the hobby, there’s a kids’ zone with driving simulators.

An award-winning 1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K last year. (Jim Motavalli photo)
An award-winning 1927 Mercedes-Benz Model K last year. (Jim Motavalli photo)

Traditionally, the Greenwich Concours had one day for exhibiting American and one day for European classics, but now it’s all-in-one on Sunday. “We’re emphasizing quality over quantity,” Orendac said. “We have 18 very specific classes. It’s on a limited footprint, but it will be great.”

Celebrated as part of the Concours will be cars bodied by Italian coachbuilder Vignale. Helping to coordinate is Chuck Schoendorf, the Connecticut-based owner of three Vignale-bodied and ultra-rare Cunningham C-3s. He also built, from a spare chassis, an exacting replica of the one and only Cunningham C-4RK. Expect to see a Cunningham or two, but also some of the self-taught Alfredo Vignale’s Ferraris.

A 1970 AMC Rebel “The Machine” at Greenwich in 2021
A 1970 AMC Rebel “The Machine” at Greenwich in 2021. (Jim Motavalli photo)

Also in focus is a group of Chrysler “letter” cars. Like those Cunningham C-3s, they were powered by Chrysler Hemi V-8s, and built for 10 years, from 1955 to 1965. The ads called them “America’s Most Powerful Car,” and they’re sometimes described as the beginning of the muscle car era. Speaking of those big American V-8s, there will also be a “Powered by America” grouping of cars so equipped, including the Facel Vega, DeTomaso Pantera, Shelby Cobra, and—maybe—Sunbeam Tiger. Barn Find Hunter Tom Cotter helped coordinate.

At the opposite side of the spectrum will be a Brass Era car display. Other marques getting special attention include Alvis, Aston Martin’s DB cars and the Cadillac Eldorado. Hagerty always makes cars from its fleet available for ride and drives, and at Greenwich they will include a 1971 Ford Bronco, a 1960 Plymouth Fury and a 1963 Lincoln Continental.

Judy Stropus, well known to Connecticut car enthusiasts, is the 2022 concours grand marshal. She was a pioneer in race timing and scoring at a time when women were mostly excluded from track paddocks.

The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance 2022
There are three Saturday seminars this year. (Hagerty photo)

Also part of the 2022 Concours are three seminars, held Saturday. The first, at 10 a.m., is “Hypercars, Supercars, Exotics: The New Golden Age of Speed,” moderated by Hagerty’s Larry Webster and featuring auto journalist Jamie Kitman, Larry Kosilla of AMMO Auto Care and James Machinist of Hagerty Garage + Social.

“The Intersection of Cars and Time,” at 1 p.m., is moderated by Hagerty’s Matt Tuccillo, and will discuss building a watch portfolio along with a car portfolio. And “Fakes, CopyCats, Replicas and Continuation Cars: The Risks and Upsides of the Unoriginal,” at 2:15 p.m., is again moderated by Webster and features Dave Kinney of the Hagerty Price Guide, TV personality Wayne Carini, and Ramsey Potts of the Broad Arrow Group. 

Greenwich sometimes features gala auto auctions, but not this year. McKeel Hagerty said space was a consideration.


Question of the Day: Do you like Formula E?

Since 2014 Formula E has been the top electric vehicle racing series in motorsports, but is often perceived as a niche sport. So dear readers, do you like Formula E?

Formula E
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA), DS Techeetah, DS E-Tense FE21, 2nd position, leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL), Mercedes Benz EQ, EQ Silver Arrow 02, 3rd position, across the finish line

Vote and give your take in the comments section below.

My take? Yes, it’s good racing and sometimes better than F1.

Do you like Formula E?
7 votes · 7 answers

Classic Car Cartoon by Elwin

Courtesy of Elwin

Named for his grandfather, “Elwin” is the nom de plume of cartoonist David Corbett.  His clever wit and satirical perspective bring simple characters to life.   Ranging from silly to snarky, Elwin finds humor in the incongruity of life.   

                Elwin has been exhibited at the Carnegie and published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Bradford Journal and The Atlantic Lady.   Social media outlets –  including Facebook – provide immediate gratification for both artist and audience. Prolific, quick, and clever, Elwin creates over 1,000 cartoons per year.   


Pick of the Day: 1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R

With spring upon us and summer just waiting in the wings it’s the perfect time to make today’s pick of the day a motorcycle. Not just any motorcycle, but one of the most iconic motorcycles of all time, the Triumph Bonneville.

The Triumph Bonneville was introduced at the 1958 Earls Court Motorshow and then launched in 1959 as a high-performance version of the Speed Twin. It had a 650cc engine, dual carbs and was capable of a top speed in excess of 100 mph. The bike was named after the Bonneville Salt Flats speed trials, where in 1955 a Triumph set a speed record, with American rider Johnny Allen, of 193.3 mph on a modified Triumph-powered Streamliner. Then in 1957, after losing the title in 1956, Allan upped the speed to 214.17 mph.

1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R
1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R

The original 1959 Bonneville was a good bike, but not perfect due to a somewhat weak frame and pre-unit engine construction. (This is where the engine and the gearbox are separate parts)

In 1964 Triumph created the unit-construction engine and gearbox, and over the years improved the frame. The sweet spot to most eyes for the Bonneville was in 1969 where everything came together to make the Bonneville as good as it could get in the era.

The Pick of the Day is a 1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Elkhart lake, Wisconsin. (Click the link to view the listing)

The seller describes the bike as completely restored six years ago by Wes Scott Cycle in Florida. They go on to state that this T120R was done to the highest of quality; paint work is absolutely beautiful, and chrome that is flawless. Mechanically it is one of the nicest running and riding Bonneville’s they have ever tossed a leg over. In addition, after the restoration this bike was completely shaken down and is 100% ready to ride.

Looking at the pictures of this Bonnie I noticed a few small issues, such as faded and worn decals, and a little lifting of the knee pads on the tank. The knee pad lifting is something pretty easily rectified, and the decals could be original making the preserved wear a bit of patina on the bike.

1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R
1969 Triumph Bonneville T120R

In many ways the Bonneville is the classic British two-wheel equivalent of the Austin-Healey 3000. It was the end of an era of the classic British sporting motorcycle, much in the same way that the Healey 3000 marked the end of the traditional British roadster.

I have owned a 1970 Bonneville, which is basically a carry-over model, and loved every mile I spent on it. These are bikes that are simple to maintain, fun to ride and represent a blue-chip classic vehicle.

The asking price for this Bonneville is $14,900. Which is the going rate for one of these iconic bikes and likely only covers the owner’s restoration cost for a Bonneville this nice and correct.

If you doubt that, consider that my last restoration on a Norton Commando cost in excess of that. If you love classic British motorcycles, and don’t already own a 1969 Bonneville, this might be just the bike for you.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.


The Drive With Alan Taylor: Into the wild with the new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness

In the latest episode of “The Drive with Alan Taylor”, Taylor welcomes automotive journalist Steven Cole Smith and they discuss the Miami Grand Prix. Steven goes on to share that Formula 1 is now more popular than ever, especially after the Netflix series that was released this year. He also got to ride in the new 2022 Ford F150 Lightning, and claims it is an amazing vehicle with a 325 mile range and a 10,000 pound towing capacity.

Up next, long time friend BJ Killeen, automotive journalist and voice of reason, also got to drive the new 2022 Ford F150 Lightning. She claims that this vehicle is unstoppable with 452 bhp, but notes it isn’t cheap.

Cooper Breus joins Alan next. Breus is a Gen Z car enthusiast and creator of Track Agent. He believes his generation is the last one to appreciate gas powered vehicles before electric vehicles take over.

Closing the show with Alan is automotive journalist George Kennedy. Alan and George are test driving the new 2022 Subaru Outback Wilderness. It’s got a 4 cylinder dual overhead cam, 2.4 turbocharged boxer engine with 260 horsepower and can tow 3500 pounds. 

[00:00:00] – Formula 1 in Miami
[00:06:12] – Miami Dolphin Stadium
[00:12:32] – F1 Gaining Popularity
[00:19:53] – Joey Lagano the New Villain
[00:29:26] – The Number One Seller
[00:35:55] – GM Cadillac Escalade V
[00:42:16] – Generation Z
[00:48:27] – Last of the Mohicans
[00:54:48] – Track Agent
[01:02:08] – Into the Wilderness
[01:10:34] – Eyesight Driver Assistance Tech
[01:18:08] – The Old but New!

CREDITS

Host: Alan Taylor
Producer: Dave Milligan
Copy Editor: Colleen Mahi
Contributor: Steven Cole Smith
Contributor: BJ Killeen
Contributor: George Kennedy III

Special Guest: Cooper Breus

To learn more about “The Drive with Alan Taylor,” visit the podcast’s website.


Question of the Day: What is the best car you’ve owned?

Maybe it was fast, handled well or could stop on a dime. Maybe it looked great, had great creature comforts, and pedigree. We’ve all had some lemons, good cars and some we’ve dread ever owning.

So dear readers, what is the best car you’ve owned?

Give us your take in the comments section below. Like my high school history teacher always told me, “There are no wrong answers.”

1982 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Photo courtesy of Chevrolet Media

My Take? My 2012 Chevrolet Camaro RS; it was fairly quick, looked cool, handled well, and had some cool aftermarket wheels.


Pick of the Day: Wilt Chamberlain’s 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Park Ward Drophead coupe

Wilt Chamberlain was Goliath during his hall of fame NBA career. Larger than life, dominate on the court in ways never seen before or after, and a lifestyle to match. With a grand persona and fame, one must have a car to match and Wilt the Stilt cruised in a car worthy of his stature.

The Pick of the Day is this 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Park Ward Drophead coupe delivered new to NBA hall of famer Wilt Chamberlain. It’s available for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Astoria, New York. (Click the link to view the listing)

“BC99LCZ was ordered new in New York by Wilt ‘The Stilt’ Chamberlain from Rolls-Royce of New York,” the listing states. “Delivered to his 342 Central Park West, New York City apartment with the UK registration plates ‘685 CGT’ with a picture of Chamberlain and his new Bentley on file, the Drophead likely moved West with Wilt when the Philadelphia Warriors for which he played moved to San Francisco for the 1962-3 season. It is not recorded how long Chamberlain kept this Bentley but it would stay in California for the better part of its existence.” 

1961 Bentley S2 Continental Park Ward Drophead coupe
1961 Bentley S2 Continental Park Ward Drophead coupe

At seven-foot-one Chamberlain would need proper modifications to drive a car with any semblance of comfort and accordingly his Bentley was ordered with a “special driver’s seat to suit owner” and a two-inch longer steering column. Originally finished in Opal, it was refinished in Caribbean Blue and the interior features beige leather with matching Caribbean Blue piping.

“1 of Only 65 LHD Examples Built. The Bentley S2 Continental offered here is an example of Park Ward’s influential and elegant ‘straight through wing’ body style,” the listing states. “It is one of only 125 examples bodied in this fashion by Park Ward; of which only 65 were original left-hand drive cars like this one.”

Wilt’s former Bentley is yours for $189,500 and is a proper car for those larger than life, or someone that needs more leg room.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.



New Car News Roundup

Moke America is releasing a 60 Years of Bond edition. This special edition pays homage to 007’s iconic history, and boasts stylish features like a midnight blue exterior, “Mango Tree” dashboard, sequence dots tire cover, wooden steering wheel, wooden gear shift knob, tan seats and more. 

A neighborhood electric vehicle, Moke America is a low-speed vehicle with a top speed of 25 mph that can be charged with a 110-outlet. With an eight-hour charge time, an America Moke has almost forty miles of drive time.

“We are very excited to unveil our second 007 Moke,” said Todd Rome, founder and CEO of Moke America. “Like James Bond, Moke has its origins in the 1960’s and this new edition highlights that iconic history both brands enjoy in modern culture.”

Maserati MC20 Cielo
Image courtesy of Maserati

Maserati announced that their upcoming spyder model will be named ‘MC20 Cielo’ and the global premiere is scheduled for May 25. MC20 Cielo breaks down as:

  • ‘MC’ stands for Maserati Corse (‘racing’),
  • ‘20’ refers to 2020, the first year of the brand’s new era.
  • ‘Cielo’ (‘sky’) highlights that this model is devoted to driving pleasure in the great outdoors
 NICHOLS N1A
Photo courtesy of Nichols Cars Ltd

The Nichols N1A will begin low-volume production. Developed by former McLaren Chief Designer Steve Nichols, who helmed the technical team that produced the McLaren MtP4/4, the N1A is a modern interpretation of the first McLaren, M1A.

“In the end we thought we might as well build one and see how it turned out,” Steve Nichols said. “Once people saw it on the road, the response was incredible.  It’s a bit like the original M1A that started the whole McLaren story.  Bruce McLaren built it as a one-off for his own personal use.”

The N1A will be powered by an American V8 engine with a choice of outputs from 450 to 650 bhp and the car’s performance will benefit from a target vehicle weight of under 900 kilos (1984 lbs).

Monaco Lamborghini Dealership
Photo courtesy of Lamborghini

Monaco has a new Lamborghini dealership. The new dealership is housed in a 218 square meter space and is one of 179 Lamborghini dealerships in the world.

“Iconic Monaco, with its strong automotive and motorsport connotations, deserves the best of design and customer experience,” said Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.

During the grand opening event a wide variety of Lamborghinis were on display out of the dealership, including the Countach LPI 800-4, Sián FKP 37,  Aventador LP 780-4 Ultimae, and Reventón Roadster.

Ferrari unveiled a one-of-a-kind Roma, produced by the prancing horse’s Tailor Made department. Ferrari Tailor Made is an exclusive program for those consumers that wish to customize each aspect of their Ferrari.

Customers in the Tailor Made program are aided by a team of experts, led by a personal designer that interprets the customer’s requests while maintaining the aesthetic standards of Ferrari.

The custom Roma has traditional Japanese-inspired details, and traditional Japanese indigo dyes inspired the car’s color scheme. The same color palette was used to tie the vehicle’s exterior and interior together.

“The unique crest on the car’s dedication plate on the central armrest and door sills is a custom-made “kamon,” a symbol passed down from generation to generation in Japan,” a Ferrari release stated. “Designed by Kyogen, it represents a wheel from an ox-drawn carriage (popular transportation among aristocrats during the Heian period, 794-1185) combined with the eight pistons of the Roma’s V8 engine forming its spokes. The numeric theme is continued in the eight wave crests that encircle the wheel – symbols of good luck, power and resilience.”


Weekend Motorsports Schedule: May 20-22

The Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix is taking place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with series champ Charles Leclerc looking to extend his championship lead over the hard charging Max Verstappen.

NASCAR is in the Lone Star state for the Cup Series Star race at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday evening. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts the Texas weekend on Friday and Xfinity races on Saturday.

NASCAR Cup Series
NASCAR All-Star Open

Texas Motor Speedway
Sunday, May 22, 5:30 p.m.
TV: FS1


NASCAR All-Star Race
Texas Motor Speedway

Haas F1 Team
(Photo by Steven Tee / LAT Images)

Sunday, May 22, 8:00 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1

NASCAR Xfinity Series
SRS Distribution 250
Texas Motor Speedway

Saturday, May 21, 1:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
SpeedyCash.com 220
Texas Motor Speedway


Friday, May 20, 8:30 p.m. (ET)
TV: FS1

Formula 1
Gran Premio de Espana 2022
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Sunday, May 22, 6:00 a.m. (ET)
TV: ESPN2

W Series
Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Saturday, May 21, 8:40 a.m. (ET)
TV: ESPN

Supercars Championship
Winton Motor Raceway

Friday – Sunday, May 20-22
TV: Foxtel (Fox Sports 506) within Australia


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