Owen Sound evolving into Canada’s classic car capital with 4th annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance
The most prestigious car show in Canada returns September 18 with over 100 works of automotive art blanketing the 18th fairway
August 15, 2016 (Owen Sound, ON) – Heading into its fourth year, the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance is once again set to unveil one of the rarest, most impressive collections of classic automobiles on display in Canada. With the grand vistas of Georgian Bay serving as the picture-perfect backdrop, this year’s show is worth the scenic two-and-a-half-hour drive from Toronto.
“Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance is now an established tradition for car enthusiasts from across the province,” says Rob McLeese, founder and chair of the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. “We have consistently been able to pull in some of the highest calibre cars in North America as well as some of the best judges in the world. It’s a testament to the enthusiasm that exists across Canada for these classic cars and a celebration of car culture in general.”
Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2015
All vehicles, ranging from 1903 to modern day Supercars, on display at the Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community fall into one of 20 classes. Other categories feature vintage pick-up trucks, classic race cars and even vintage motorcycles.
More than just an opportunity to gaze on the rarest, most pristine cars in North America, the Concours d’Elegance is a competition. Participating cars will vie to be top in their class and take home the venerable best of show. As is custom, the 2015 Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance best of show and class winner, a rare 1938 Graham 97 Supercharged Cabriolet with coachwork by Saoutchik, will return to symbolically cede its podium claim to the 2016 winner.
Among Cobble’s new features is an emphasis on marque-specific classes – categories consisting of one type or brand of car – including Corvettes, Packards, Aston Martins and Porsche 356’s. A highly-acclaimed Sunfire Yellow 1966 Corvette Coupe will compete after being refreshed in 2016 and completing two of three qualifications for an unprecedented second Duntov Award.
“We have some of the rarest cars in the world all in one place, all in Owen Sound,” says McLeese, citing a 1929 Willys-Knight 66B/Plaidside as an example of an extremely hard to find car in its original condition.
“We’re honoured Cobble Beach Golf Resort Community is able to host such a special event,” adds McLeese, who also judges at other prestigious events in the U.S, including the Hershey Elegance, Concours d’Elegance of America and the Arizona Concours.
Returning this year is a Cobble Beach tradition—The Museum Class, presented by Cadillac—which is a display-only class pulling cars from Canadian and American museums, including a 1924 Vauxhall, a 1911 Stevens-Duryea Model AA Tourer, and four different Cadillacs (1912 Cadillac Model 30, 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood, 1959 Cadillac Cyclone and Elmiraj Concept) from the GM Heritage Centre in Detroit, including a recent Concept car.
After gazing at some of the oldest Cadillacs in the world, Cobble’s guests will get a chance to test drive some of the newest. Cadillac will offer a fleet of 2016 models, including the 2016 Cadillac ATS, 2016 Cadillac ATS-V, 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, 2016 Cadillac CT6, 2016 Cadillac Escalade as well as a brand new 2017 Cadillac XT5.
And, for the first time ever, the Hagerty Classic Car Ride and Drive will give guests an experience they won’t want to miss! Get behind the wheel of an iconic classic like a ’69 Camaro SS or a 64.5 Mustang. Choose from five select collector vehicles and take a dream cruise around Cobble Beach. Half-hour drives are available Saturday and Sunday. All test drives are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Other vehicle highlights this year include a 1938 Cadillac Brunn-Bodied V8 Roadster, complete with rumble seat, golf club door and original design blueprints. This car was originally produced for Ralph Pulitzer of the Pulitzer Prize family in New York. A 1987 Lotus 99T last driven by legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna will also be at Cobble. This was one of only six Lotus race cars built for the 1987 F1 season and the last Lotus that achieved an F1 podium finish. Guests can also look forward to a 2014 McLaren P1 and a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Superleggera, a model often referred to as the Most Famous Car in the World since its appearance in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger.
Car lovers seeking a weekend getaway next month can also look forward to the Brack Classic Hillclimb, a separate event taking place on Saturday, September 17thfeaturing cars and motorcycles travelling up Inglis Falls Road. Inglis Falls Road presents a true test of each competing vehicle’s throttle and is another huge draw for classic car fans and spectators, cementing Owen Sound as the classic car capital of Canada.
Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance sponsors include Michelin, Piloti, Chubb, RBC, Hagerty and Cadillac Canada.
Proceeds raised by Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance support The Sunnybrook Foundation to help fund a state-of-the-art helipad on the rooftop of the hospital and the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation to purchase a new microscope for the Hospital’s Pathologists.
Founder and Chair Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance