Each year the event presents new things to see: more than 100 vehicles on display that have never before participated in the event, as well as almost all motorcycles.
Cars and motorcycles from the “magnificent fifties” were the distinguished marquis.
One obvious bus was a 21-window first-generation Samba Volkswagen, which grabbed a lot of heads and caused many attendees to give a thumbs up to its owners.
Michigan native Richard Larrabee owns the bus and his wife, Marcia, as well as seven other classic cars.
Larrabee said he spent about two years restoring a Volkswagen, which he says is very rare and called an “alpine tour bus.”
“From the age of 8 to 80, anyone can call this bus,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it’s comical to people, but people are just drawn to it. Back in the day, in the 1950s and 1960s, a lot of people had these to transport their families, rather than station wagons.”
Larrabee said he loves classic cars because each one looks like a unique sculpture.
Nowadays, he said, the cars generally look the same, but with different logos.
The auto show also had a special category for Marmon cars, and the Marmon Club displayed dozens of their cars, including the 1931 Marmon Sixteen, a four-door sedan.
Club members said Marmon Motor Car has built fewer than 400 luxury cars, about 75 of which have survived and are still in the hands of collectors today.
Duesenberg were the Ferraris of their time, but the Marmon Sixteen was better and was ahead of its time as the fastest and most amazing car of 1931, according to club members.
The car had about 200 horsepower, and only Marmon and Cadillac produced 16-cylinder vehicles in the early 1930s.
Marmon Motor Car Co. ceased production of cars in 1933, as demand for luxury cars dried up during the Great Depression.
Marmon Sixteen belongs to Arlene Kleptz, who lives in Union. She and her late husband, Shake Klipitz, Owns one of the largest collections of Marmon cars in the world.
“My mother-in-law was president of the Marmon Club for two or three years,” said Jerry Hill, son-in-law of Arlene and Chic Klipitz.
Six of the 12 Marmons on display are owned by the Klipitz family, Hill said.
Peterson, chairman of the Dayton Concours d’Elegance, said southwest Ohio and the entire state of Buckeye have a rich auto history and plenty of classic car aficionados, including some locals who worked with auto manufacturers like GM or had family members who did. that.
This is a motor city, and it’s possible that half of the vehicles on display belonged to local owners, even though the show had entries from about five states, he said.
“Concours is no ordinary car show,” he said. “Vehicles are judged based on… originality, authenticity and quality of work.”
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