The world's finest cars on display at the 2022 Audrain Newport Concours

The world’s finest cars on display at the 2022 Audrain Newport Concours

You don’t have to be a “car guy” to appreciate the many unique cars that will come together for 2022 Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week From September 29 to October 2.

Events range from exclusive lawn parties that will attract vintage cars from owners across the country to seminars that reflect the art and design of cars and their future.

Last fall, I attended the Concours d’Elegance in a park Crusher Palace. I celebrated the car in such a wonderful way that it made me want more.

A concours is an exhibition of prestigious, vintage and special interest cars that are judged in various categories for prizes.

Audrain is a newcomer to the circuit that includes Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Greenwich. It’s the third year of the event, which kicked off in 2019 and took place last year after losing 2020 to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Concours extends across a park crushers, Palace Gilded Age Vanderbilt. There will be 100 cars of different decades across many classes, competing for awards, including Best of Show.

Each vehicle has one or two people camping on a nearby chair ready to answer questions about engines, restoration, or other details. Sometimes they are the owners, which is the best, because they are all willing to share their stories. You’ll hear heartwarming tales of how they found the car and started to get it back.

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The scene in The Breakers for the Newport Concours is cars, crowds, and campers by their owners.

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The Delahaye 135 M Competition Roadster from 1937 was one of only two cars built by A. Guillore. Found in Paris in 1973, its restoration was completed in 2016. It won first place in the Luxury Meets Sport category.

One of the amazing things I saw last year was a 1952 Ferrari 342 America Vignale Cabriolet. This single Vignale-Bodied 342 America was originally built for a friend of Enzo’s Ferrari. The restoration was completed in 2020 and has been on display at Pebble Beach and other Concours since then.

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The 2021 President's Award went to a 1951 Delahaye Model 235 Cabriolet.

There were a number of great cars from Delahaye, the French automaker that ceased production in the 1950s. These cars are pieces of art made to drive cars. They speak of another era of design, long gone.

More than one has custom-made bodies and interiors produced by Saoutchik. This French automaker is known for its extravagant car designs for luxury brands, including Delahaye and Bugatti.

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The 1937 Delahaye 135 M Competition Roadster won first place in the Luxury Meets Sport class last year at the Audrain Newport Concours.  Delahaye's chassis was the most athletic at the time.

American cars were a hit last year, too. It was the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that received the People’s Choice Award.

The 1959 Rambler Rebel won second place in a history chapter. This car was the only American mid-size car available at the time.

The 1959 Rambler Rebel took second place last year at the Concours.

Comedian and Newport resident Jay Leno, as honorary chairperson last year at Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week, was among the crowd admiring the cars. Audrain Group CEO Donald Osborne also mingled with other car enthusiasts.

General admission to the Concours is not cheap. Tickets cost $150 to enter the square from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. VIP admission includes coffee at the Concours from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. and entry to the VIP tent, with food and drinks served all day.

Looking for a deal? That would be a $60 ticket for a two-hour coffee at Courcours only. Guests enjoy light refreshments and sunrise as competing cars enter the field.

Donald Osborne is the CEO of the Audren Group.

Other auto events that led to the Concourse

In the days before the Concours, there are other events, including The Gathering, a garden party in Rough Point, the former home of heiress Doris Duke. Motorsports enthusiasts will have access to rare collections of luxury cars and catering with champagne and specialty cocktails.

Full-day ticket holders can access the stadiums from 11 a.m. ($300) while half-day ticket holders ($180) can access from 2 p.m. The event continues until 5 o’clock.

The 1952 Ferrari 342 America Vignale Cabriolet won a Special Design Award last year at the Concours d'Elegance.

There are also many interesting seminars that reflect on art and design and explore the role of forensics in historical vehicles. And there’s the annual Audrain Automobile Museum concert.

The Concours Village of the International Tennis Hall of Fame is free and open to the public Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering concessions from local restaurants, vendors, and a family area.

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