This past weekend, Cobble Beach held it’s 7th Annual Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance, just north of Owen Sound, set against a beautiful backdrop of water. Cobble Beach brings in some of the most beautiful and prestigious classic vehicles every year and this year was even better. Along with the official Concours on the Sunday, Cobble Beach also hosted over 100 classic vehicles from car clubs all over for their Cars and Coffee on Saturday. This allowed local car clubs, as well as the ACCC, showcase plenty of beautiful classic chrome that was not shown on the Sunday Concours. While the Cars and Coffee was held, Hagerty also held their annual Ride and Drive, which allows regular drivers to take a classic vehicle out for a tour along the Georgian Bluffs. I took out the 1969 Camaro SS 396 for a tour of the Georgian Bluffs, a great experience made even better with the Muncie 4-speed transmission and power 396 Chevrolet motor. Guests on the Saturday were also treated to an air show from a single pilot performing stunts above the Cobble Beach clubhouse. This pilot was outstanding and also 85 years young. With the Saturday wrapping up, two seminars were held, one called “Why I Collect” featuring local Scott Sinclair, and the other seminar featuring headlining sponsor Porsche.
The official Concours day was met with showers and grey skies Sunday morning, but opened up just in time to allow the Concours D’Elegance to commence. The show field held 108 official show vehicles to be judged, all having the potential to win awards of the highest recognition. Among these show vehicles, were many classic vehicles local to our area. In the European Touring class, Stephen Beer from Caledon East brought a stunning and unique 1937 Morgan Super Sport 3-wheeler, while Ralph and Kimberly Evans of Shelburne brought their beautiful 1937 Triumph Continental to the Concours. The 1937 Continental was the top of the Triumph lineup that year and only 26 or so were known to be produced. This car was also the factory-supplied vehicle that was displayed at the British International Motor Exhibition in London. The vehicle was brought to Canada around 1970 and still wears it’s original plates. The Evans found and bought the vehicle in 2014 and restored the vehicle over 3 years.
The Corvette class also featured two local owners, Scott Sinclair with his 1956 Corvette from Caledon and Tony Noris from Caledon East with his beautiful 1969 Corvette Stingray. Both owners are also local attendees of Orangeville’s Cruisin’ On First. The Sinclairs purchased their 56 Corvette in 1978 and the vehicle went a large restoration in 1991. They have since attended many NCRS shows with this Corvette, receiving a Zora Arkus-Duntov Award of Achievement in 1993. Scott Sinclair also sits on the judging panel at the Cobble Beach Concours D’Elegance and has many other stunning vehicles that you may see at the local cruise nights. Tony’s beautiful 1969 Stingray was also shown, with its stunning silver paint over blue interior. This Stingray also saw 95kms of driving on Saturday’s Participants Tour.
The Early American Production class saw two stunning vehicles from our area, a 1932 Plymouth PB Convertible from Tottenham and a 1939 Chrysler Royal D22 from Brampton. The 1932 Plymouth was shown by Kem Jones and features stunning lime green paint and is a rare 1-year model with a production of only about 680 units. This car was originally a California car and was brought to Canada from the original owner. The 1939 Chrysler Royal D22 was brought to the show by Kenneth Eeles from Brampton, which his uncle Jack had purchased 35 years ago. Story has it, the car was housed in a living room from 1941 to 1975, then sold to a museum in Tacoma, Washington. The beautiful Chrysler Royal has been driving the vehicle and it has seen many classic driving tours and shows.
One of the most stunning classes, American Full-Classic, featured a local 1934 Packard Eleventh Series 2/4 Passenger Coupe from Erin. James Bullock brought this stunning classic and it was the final model with traditional open fenders from Packard and the upright radiator shell. This Standard Eight is loaded with beautiful features from the time and even a set of vintage golf clubs. Ron Passer, a regular from the local Orangeville’s Cruisin’ on First, brought his beautiful 1955 Ford Thunderbird from Tottenham. This beautiful Thunderbird saw regular use from its owners who were regulars at the Mississauga Golf and Country Club. Among this class, Chris Hadfield, also showed his stunning 1955 Ford Thunderbird as well.
The weather turned out to be perfect and the Concours was booming with people looking on the beautiful classic vehicles. The Best in Show was a stunning 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Convertible from Savannah, Georgia. Most Outstanding Pre-War was a 1917 Locomobile 48 Type M from New York and Most Outstanding Post War was a stunning 1954 Siata 200CS from South Carolina. This year was also my first year as an Apprentice Judge which was an honour. I was a part of the judging team for Class 11, American Muscle Car. This class has to be among the most difficult, as all of the vehicles are beautifully restored to a similar caliber and feature great history of the horsepower wars. A stunning 1965 Shelby GT350 took first, while a 1969 Camaro COPO took second and a 1969 Boss 429 Mustang took third. Make sure to check out this amazing show next September at Cobble Beach.
Written by David Murphy