Cobble Beach, An Automotive
Hole In One
Most auto enthusiasts have heard of the famous Concours at Pebble Beach. Well now there’s a new kid on the block “Concours d’Elegance at Cobble Beach”. Remember the name Cobble Beach, you’ll soon be hearing a lot more about it. A beautiful 574 acre property north west of Owen Sound, is home to a first class 18 hole golf course on the shores of Georgian Bay.
The Mcleese family, built and own this great facility. Headed by Rob McLeese and with the help of friends in the automotive world, he was able to start this high profile show for rare classic and collectible automobiles held right on the course greens. This show exhibits the “best of the best” in classic and historic cars. The proceeds of this new event are headed toToronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital to help fund a new state of the art helipad. Judges and entrants came from all across North America to help make this happen.
This was no small task, there were 39 judges for 16 classes and over 100 cars displayed. Vehicles for the Concours are entered and must be accepted before receiving the honour of being displayed in the competition. People and vehicles of interest included Margaret Dunning, a 103 year old American who was present showing her 1930 Packard which she has owned for 63 years. A pristine 1978 Formula one Ferrari 312T was also on display, which was the same car Gilles Villeneuve won his first GP in and it was the Canadian GP I might add. This is an extremely historic race car, and being the race fan I am, it gave me goose bumps to look at it.
A section was dedicated to rare “Supercars”. Spectators were able to view and drool over exotics such as the rare Jaguar XJ220 and Mercedes-McLaren SLR. Most of these cars are worth half a million dollars and could set speed records on race tracks even today. A Canadian built vehicle class was also very fitting and interesting, with cars unique to Canada such as Mercury, Meteor and Acadian.
The Street Rods also had their own class, where specialized custom “Hot Rods” stood out on the greens. One of our previously featured cars in Old Car Classics took top honours for Aurora’s Ty Tupper. His beautiful Tuxedo black ‘33 Ford Roadster was as stunning as ever. For those who love turn of the century vehicles there were plenty of brass appointed cars from the early 1900s to enjoy as well. For the average car guy there was even an area you could drive up to and display your own pride and joy, similar to your weekly cruise night, but “Cobble Beach” style.
So get yourself ready for 2014, spectator or entrant, you’ll have a once in a lifetime experience. Visit www.cobblebeachconcours.com for show information.
Written by Perry M.Mason