For those car lovers looking for an automotive show a step above the rest, Cobble Beach promises an elegant event with class, classics, and one-of-a-kind vehicles.
Now entering it’s third year, the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance has already become a large success, bringing in beautiful, rare, and rarely seen automobiles as part of their goal to develop a ‘new tradition of distinction an elegance’ along the shores of Georgian Bay. Located just outside of Owen Sound, in Kemble, Ontario, the Concours d’Elegance was styled after the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, an annual show that features upwards of 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world. “The Concours d’Elegance features the most prestigious cars, not just from the area, but from across Canada and the US as well,” explained David Murphy, Business Relations Manager at MacMaster Buick GMC. Although Cobble Beach is one show Mr. Murphy is not one of the organizers of, he has been attending the event since it’s inception, and will be heading there again for the show in September. “Cobble Beach is a great location to have it, on a beautiful golf course, overlooking the [lake],” said Mr. Murphy. “There are plenty of cars – especially the ones you will never see at most places and regular car shows. It’s the only show like this in Canada.” Concours d’Elegance exhibits automobiles from the last hundred years or more, and this year, will feature a category for Pre 1916 cars, and American Classics, along with many others. But the Cobble Beach show is more than just a place to look at beautiful cars; the event also features a number of seminars, including one hosted by Jack Telnack, the former Head of Design for the Ford Mustangs about the evolution of the Ford Mustang and an Emerging Collectibles seminar hosted by Hagerty Insurance. As one of the key sponsors, Porsche Car Canada also hosts a Porsche test drive event during the day on Saturday, allowing interested participants to get the feel of a Porsche on the open road. “It’s a really neat experience,” said Mr. Murphy. “They take you out behind a former race car driver, who leads the way, and you just drive the roads in the area. It’s pretty quiet at that time of year, and the police are aware that it is going on, so it’s mainly just the test drivers on the road.” Mr. Murphy added that while he loves simply attending the event, he would like the opportunity to see MacMaster Buick GMC play a role in the prestigious car show. “It would be really great to be able to get some of the up and coming vehicles from GM to show at Cobble Beach,” he said. “It could be a little late for this year, but I’m going to see what we can do.” Part of the reason why Mr. Murphy feels an Orangeville dealership would do well to be involved is that a lot of people from the Orangeville area attend Cobble Beach; some going just to admire the beautiful vehicles, while others actually have cars entered into the show. As many local car lovers know, Headwaters has a lot of hidden gems in it’s midst, including Reg Beer’s shop, Reg Beer Coachbuilders. Reg became well-renowned for his incredible talent at restoring and beautifying old coach cars, particularly Rolls-Royce vehicles. His own precious gem, a 1960s Silver Cloud Rolls Royce, has been seen for a number years parked outside of the Lord Dufferin Centre in Orangeville. “I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that cars Reg or his sons have worked on are being showed at Cobble Beach,” said Mr. Murphy. “His work is definitely considered prestigious, and many high-profile people have either purchased cars off him, or had him do work on their cars. The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be held September 12 and 13 at the Cobble Beach Golf Course in Kemble, Ontario. For more information, visit http://www.cobblebeachconcours.com/concours-d-elegance. Written by Tabitha Wells