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Fairfield County Concours 2010 – Jesse Alexander Honored

Sir Stirling Moss at Spa in Mercedes Legendary automotive photographer Jesse Alexander will be the featured artist at the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance, to be held September 12, 2010 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Connecticut.

Alexander, widely known for his iconic motorsports photography, will not only showcase some of his most famous work at this year’s event, including key images from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but he will also illustrate the cover of the show’s programs and the official event poster. Alexander will also participate in an autograph session; for a nominal fee, guests will receive an autographed copy of the official event poster and proceeds will go towards the show’s charitable endeavors.

Alexander’s involvement in motorsports began in the early 1950s with the birth of the sports car movement in the U.S. Over the years, his work has appeared in many of the world’s prominent automotive publications. Often referred to as the “Ansel Adams” of motorsports, his work has also been exhibited in museums, galleries, and as part of an exhibition of sports photography at the 1996 Summer Olympics. His retrospective exhibition including more than 70 images traveled the world in 1998, sponsored by Chrysler Corporation. Additionally, Alexander has authored numerous books including At Speed, Forty Years of Motorsport Photography and Driven.

“We are proud to feature such an iconic figure in racing history at our 2010 event,” said Bill Scheffler, Co-Founder of the Fairfield Concours d’Elegance. “Alexander’s images hum with energy and power, allowing for a unique view at the greatest drivers and machines in action. Whether taken on the high banks of Monza, Italy, or the tight confines of the street circuit at Monaco, Alexander’s work is always distinctive and significant.”

The 7th annual Concours will take place September 12, 2010 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Conn. The event will be a showcase for both the best of automotive and motorcycle design and engineering excellence. It will also serve as a forum for the education of its guests. This year, the event’s featured judging classes will include Porsche, Bugatti and Period Hot Rods, Barn Finds and Custom Cars from 1948 – 1964. Special exhibits will include the 24 Hours of LeMans, “Styled by the Wind” celebrating automotive aerodynamics, and a collection of elegant Packards with coachwork by Howard “Dutch” Darrin, including five special Packards from the collection of Ralph Marano.

The second annual Car and Motorcycle Club Celebration day will take place on Saturday, September 11, 2010. There will be more than 10 regional clubs in attendance. Seminars will be conducted on numerous topics of interest to collectors and enthusiasts.

Additionally, the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance 2010 will hold its annual Nutmeg Tour for Autism fundraiser presented by St. Vincent’s Medical Center Foundation on Saturday, in support of the Drive to Treat Autism Fund which provides diagnostic and treatment services for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Tour returns to the Hunt Club at 4:00 p.m. for the Toast of the Tour Reception from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – a fundraiser for the event charity. During the reception, the Concours will announce its 2010 Sharing the Passion award recipient. Each year the Concours recognizes an individual who has used his or her passion for collectible vehicles to enrich the community. The 2009 recipients were Felix Callari and Ralph Marano. Tickets for the reception are available on the Concours web site.

Both days feature will feature the Fairfield County Concours Art & Automobilia exhibits. Additionally, Bonhams will conduct a one-day auction on Sunday, September 12. A reception and auction preview will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11 on the grounds of the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Conn., and exceptional consignments are to be expected. Tickets for the Bonhams reception are available from Bonhams.

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[Source: Fairfield County Concours; photo credit: Jesse Alexander]