The Elegance at Hershey 2013 was held June 14-16 at the historic Hotel Hershey in Pennsylvania. The 3rd annual Elegance at Hershey comprised three days of charity, vintage and antique car events, including a revival of the Hershey Hill Climb and the Elegance Concours d’Elegance with 65 automobiles displayed throughout the formal gardens of the Hotel Hershey.
The Best of Show Governor’s Cup at the 2013 Elegance at Hershey was awarded to an unrestored 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider from the collection of Robert and Sandra Bahre of Alton, New Hampshire. The Carrozzeria Touring-bodied Superleggera Alfa, built on the short chassis, also won the Ciao Italy Award for Best Italian Pre-War car exhibited.
“This unique car, with its wonderful patina and history, is one of only four known and it literally turned heads on our show field,” noted Mark Lizewskie, a member of the Elegance at Hershey Board and Chairman of the Car Selection Committee.
“To our knowledge, this is only the second time in modern U.S. Concours history that a fully unrestored car like the Bahre Collection’s 1938 Alfa has been awarded top honors,” added Steve Moskowitz, Executive Director of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) and a member of the Elegance at Hershey Board. “Having such a fine vehicle win the Governor’s Cup at this prestigious event can only encourage others with similar cars to enter events like this in the future. At every show every car is different, each with its own unique history and this selection underscores that premise,” he said.
In addition to the Governor’s Cup, the Founder’s Award went to a 1937 Delage D8-120SS by Jim Patterson of the Patterson Collection. The Patterson Delage also won the People’s Choice Award as voted by the public attendees to the Elegance.
Other major award winner’s included The Hotel Hershey Award-winning 1914 Locomobile Model 38 Berline owned by Bill Alley and the Jack Rich Award-winning 1938 Talbot-Darracq belonging to Paul Gould. Two Duesenbergs took home major hardware as well including a 1929 Convertible Coupe owned by Sonny and Joan Abagnale and a 1933 Duesenberg SJ Beverly by Murphy owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini.
At the Elegance at Hershey dinner Saturday evening, the annual Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a collector showing a lifetime dedication to the spirit of sharing magnificent automobiles was presented to Dr. Fred Simeone of Philadelphia. Given in honor of The Elegance at Hershey founder, the late Jack Rich, Dr. Simeone joins previous “Olympus Award” honorees William Parfet and Jim Schmidt.
Organizers of The Elegance also announced timing results from two days of Grand Ascent hill climb competition featuring more than 40 vintage cars on the historic Hershey Hill Climb Course. In the VSCCA-sanctioned event, Graham Young posted the fastest time of 52.42 seconds in a 1958 Lotus 7. Elegance Honorary Chairman Wayne Carini posted the second fastest time of 53.30 seconds in his 1958 Bill Rutan “Bath Tub Porsche”. Also participating in the hill climb was Elegance at Hershey Board members Michael Rich and Dick Vermeil, former head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Beneficiaries of The Elegance at Hershey include Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the AACA Museum and the AACA Library and Research Center. Major Sponsors include Cleveland Brothers, M&T Bank and Midlantic Machinery, among others. The next Elegance at Hershey weekend will take place June 13-15, 2014 at the Hotel Hershey.
Photographer Ken Visser documented the 2013 Elegance at Hershey, offering up the following selection of excellent images from the Concours d’Elegance. To see more from Ken, visit KCV Photography.