The Elegance at Hershey

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending what promises to be a significant new concours for car geeks on the East Coast, The Elegance at Hershey. This is its inaugural year and it was held in conjunction with The Ascent at Hershey, a hill climb.

The concours took place on the Sunday, and the hill climb on the Saturday. The location for both was the Hotel Hershey, a 1930s grand dame that for sheer architectural impressiveness and old-world grandiosity actually puts the Lodge at Pebble Beach in the shade.

The show field was rather small (60 or so cars), but the quality of the entrants was very impressive. Crowds very were mild compared to the bigger-name shows, and there was a full bar on-site to help put show-goers in the proper, relaxed mood.

I took following (amateur) photos of my own personal favorites; I indicate in the captions which of those won actual awards. Hopefully they’ll give you some feel for the event and perhaps entice you to come out next year. If you do, you’ll be supporting a good cause: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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[caption id="attachment_10779" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This 1931 Avions Voison is one of a handful built on the C20 Simoun underslung chassis. Powered by a 4.9-liter V-12, it was more expensive than a Bugatti or a Hispano-Suiza when new."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10783" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This custom-bodied 1930 Cord was commissioned by designer Brook Stevens, who owned it for 65 years. It won Most Elegant American Open Pre-War car."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10785" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This 1954 Mercury XM-800 concept car was rescued from field in the 1970s and, like any '50s dream car, is a rare sight. It was the favorite of the show volunteers."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10787" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This '37 Rolls-Royce Phantom III got its copper-intensive bodywork courtesy of its second owner, in 1946. "][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10789" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This 1937 Bugatti was one of four Bugattis at the show."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10791" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="A Lucite steering wheel is an interesting detail on this 1948 Delahaye, which was selected as the Most Elegant Open Post-War car."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10793" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This imposing Series 90 Cadillac is believed to be the only V-16 coupe built for 1937. Original sold to the president of Lorillard Tobacco, is has been repainted but never restored."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10795" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Crystal hood ornament on a 1930 duPont."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10797" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="No concours is complete without at least one boattail speedster. This is a '32 Auburn."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10799" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The horn detail on this 1911 Locomobile almost seems more in the spirit of modern motoring."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10801" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Who knew Peugeot ever produced anything this beautiful? This '37 Peugeot won the Spirit of Art Deco award."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10803" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This chain-driven 1907 Fiat raced in the Targa Florio. It won the Engineering Excellence Award."][/caption]

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[caption id="attachment_10805" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This ultra-rare (5 were made) 1941 Chrysler Newport dual-cowl phaeton was chosen by the entrants as their favorite."][/caption]

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