July 16, 2024
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8th Annual Concours d’Elegance delights crowds(PHOTOS)

The Eighth Annual St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance was held Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge.

This elegant gathering of rare and classic automobiles took place on the 18th waterfront fairway of Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina in Cambridge, Maryland. The magnificent automobiles were accompanied by classic wooden speed boats and fashion.

This year’s Concours featured pre-war grand classics with European coachwork (1900-1942) and significant post-war sports cars (1947-1964).

The origin of the Concours d’Elegance, or Competition of Excellence, dates back to the 1920s and 1930s in the Parc de Paris. The coutures would introduce the latest in fashion and the automobile coach builders would display the latest in automotive design.

The St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance was founded in 2007 and continues this tradition of paring grand classic automobiles with fashion. Mimi’s Closet of Easton and Chestertown provided the fashion show.

Once again this year, the event was presented by Jaguar and Annapolis Jaguar Land Rover.

Some of the rare automobiles on display included a 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atlantic Coupe; a 1934 Pierce-Arrow convertible sedan with coachwork by LeBaron, the only one made; a 1932 Packard Model 904 convertible Victoria with coachwork by Dietrich, one of four built; and a 1929 Rolls Royce P1 convertible sedan with coachwork by Hibbard & Darrin of Paris, originally owned by the Rothschild family.

For sports car enthusiasts, the entrants include a 1949 Jaguar XK120 Roadster with alloy body, one of only 25 made; a 1954 Siata 200CS, body by Balbo; and a 1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide, body by Bertone.

“In total, there were over sixty concours-quality automobiles,” said George M. Walish, Jr., Chairman and Founder of the event. “We had cars coming from Vermont, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio in addition to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.”

All proceeds benefit the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Mid-Shore residents. MSCF supports needy and deserving individuals through grants from over 200 donor- advised and discretionary funds to charities serving the five counties making up the Mid-Shore: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot.

Selecting a few photos of these beautiful machines was difficult–here are 60!

All images © 2014, Glenn A. Miller / Glenn A. Miller Photography for Eye On Annapolis.

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