The Inaugural Concours d’Elegance of Chicago
TBA for the inaugural Concours d’Elegance of Chicago at Northerly Island. Formerly the Barrington Concours d’Elegance, this event has moved to the beautiful city of Chicago, where we’ll present 200 of the world’s finest and most rare vehicles on the green space at Northerly Island.
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View the special offerings that were held at the 2013 Barrington Concours d’Elegance in July 2013:
Five French Avoins Voisins to Star at 7th Annual Barrington Concours d’Elegance
The 7th Annual Barrington Concours d’Elegance is making history by featuring five of the finest classic French Avions Voisins in existence for the first time in the Midwest. The Mullin Automotive Museum, in Oxnard Calif., is sending the five feature cars built between the 1920s and 1930s to be displayed at the Concours on July 14, 2013, at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Ill.
“It’s an honor to host this extraordinary exhibit of Avions Voisins from the collection of Peter Mullin and the Mullin Automotive Museum,” said David Cooper, Concours Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “It will be the first time that these iconic vehicles will be shown in the Midwest. Gabriel Voisin was a brilliant, though eccentric, engineer and designer. These cars represent the breadth of his conceptual thinking as it progressed through turbulent times.”
Among the cars being displayed is the 1934 C27 Figoni Roadster featuring a special low chassis (shown above). Using a modified C24 chassis fitted with a bright-yellow Figoni 2-Seater Drop Head body, this unique Voisin was purchased for 20,300 French francs following its display at the Madrid Auto Salon in 1934. According to a previous owner, the original buyer was the Shah of Persia. Peter Mullin purchased this elegant roadster and put it through a comprehensive restoration.
But perhaps the highest profile of the group is the 1935 C25 Aerodyne, which was the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance “Best of Show” winner. Read more…
Photos by Michael Furman Photography.
7th Annual Barrington Concours d’Elegance to Host Historic Collection of Indy Cars and Vincent Motorcycles
The 7th Annual Barrington Concours d’Elegance will feature a group of historic Indy cars, carefully assembled with the help of legendary drivers and team owners, Don Devine and Bobby Rahal, at the Concours on July 12-14, 2013, at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Ill. The collection includes key Indy cars between the 1960s through 1986.
“We’re excited to host such a special collection at the Barrington Concours d’Elegance,” said David Cooper, Concours Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “This group of race cars is truly of such wonderful caliber that we can’t wait to share it with this year’s attendees. The exhibit represents one of the most important and evolutionary periods in Indy car history.”
Included in the lineup will be a 1972 All-American Racers Indy Eagle with 4 cylinders and 1100 horsepower; a 1979 McLaren M24B-3 with 850 horsepower and a V8 Turbo engine; a 1980 Ward & Watson Champ Car with 375 horsepower; and a 1986 March 86C with a 2.6 liter engine and 680 horsepower.
“Having seen this lineup of Indy cars, I’m confident that this is an impressive display outside of the Indy 500,” remarked racing legend, Bobby Rahal. “I’ve been particularly impressed by the attitude and goals of the Barrington Concours in regard to their emphasis on educating the public about our rich automotive history. I was so impressed that I joined the board to be involved in future activities.”
Stunning Vincent Motorcycles also to be on Display
The Concours will also feature a lineup of rare Vincent motorcycles, widely considered to be among the finest motorcycles ever built. This collection will include the famous “Vincati” - which was built by “Big” Sid Biberman and his son, Matthew Biberman – a fusion of the Vincent Black Shadow and the Ducati GT. The Barrington Concours d’Elegance will honor “Big Sid” with a Special Recognition Award for contributions to the motorcycling world. Guidance
“Vincent motorcycles represent the golden age of British motorcycles,” said David Cooper, Concours Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “This collection of Vincents demonstrates an ingenuity and mechanical craftsmanship that’s virtually unmatched. We’re especially excited to include the ‘Vincati’, which captured the imagination of enthusiasts through the book, ‘Big Sid’s Vincati,’ written by Matthew Biberman.”
There will be seven Vincent motorcycles on display complemented by the Biberman collection of five bikes, including the unique Vincati, and two race bikes. This will be the first time they have shown all five machines at one venue. This display will be flanked by 12 significant motorcycles from other historic makers.
Following a life-threatening heart attack, Big Sid was challenged by Matthew to find the will to recover so they could build a Vincati together. An extremely rare fusion of two of the best motorcycles ever built, the Vincati represents five years of hard work by the pair. To build the motorcycle, they took a Vincent engine and mounted it to a modified 1973 Ducati GT chassis, which delivered powerful and impressive results.
“Vincent motorcycles are such an important part of American motorcycling history,” said Matthew. “From breaking the World Speed Record at 184 mph in 1955, to being featured with Rollie Free in one of motorcycling’s most iconic images of all time. We’re proud that our Vincati will be featured in the lineup amongst other fantastic motorcycles at the Barrington Concours. These motorcycles are not only beautiful, they’re also a joy to ride.”
As a part of the display, historical information regarding the design, mechanical specifications and company history will also be available to educate guests at the Concours.
The Barrington Concours d’Elegance is a year-long celebration of automotive excellence featuring more than ten events. The Indy cars and Vincent motorcycles will be displayed at the Concours’ capstone event on July 12-14, along with 100 of the world’s finest and rarest vehicles, including a collection of Duesenbergs and Avions Voisins.
Powerful Showfield of American Muscle Cars at 7th Annual Barrington Concours d’Elegance
The 7th Annual Barrington Concours d’Elegance will feature a showfield of 1960s American muscle cars designed to showcase the power and performance synonymous with an era that redefined how Americans viewed high-performance street vehicles. The collection will be shown at the Concours on July 14, 2013, at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Ill., and will feature several rare cars, such as a 1965 Shelby GT350, a 1967 Shelby GT500 and a 1962 Chevrolet 409 Bel Air.
“American muscle cars are revered around the world for their power and performance,” said David Cooper, Concours Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “The popularity of these vehicles came from manufacturers packing their largest engines in their smaller vehicles. Their performance created a following that changed the world of performance automobiles in a way never before seen.”
Among the cars on display is a 1965 Shelby GT350. As the first Shelby Mustang, the 1965 Shelby GT350 still stands as a powerful race car, which helped enhanced the Mustang’s image as a performance street and track vehicle. Carroll Shelby transformed the Mustang into a well-respected racing machine and ushered in an era of prosperity and growth for both Shelby and Ford. This particular vehicle was raced heavily in its earlier years at SCCA racing events.
“Carroll Shelby put his stamp on automotive history with the creation of the Shelby GT350,” said Cooper. “It wasn’t long before manufacturers like Mercury, Dodge, Chevrolet and Oldsmobile began introducing their own muscle cars, making the streets and tracks a little faster and more impressive.”
Celebration of 50 Years of Porsche 911 and 60 Years of Corvette
The Concours is also celebrating a combined 110 years of excellence and competition by hosting a collection of rare Porsche 911s and Corvettes. Porsche first began making their legendary 911s in 1963 and Chevrolet began making Corvettes in 1953, marking the 50th anniversary and the 60th anniversary, respectively, of these world renowned cars.
“Porsche and Corvette are two of the most important names in high performance automobiles,” said David Cooper. ”One exemplifies the finest German engineering and the other is America’s dream car. Both have successes on and off the track. We’re excited to commemorate the milestone achievements of both the Porsche 911 and Corvette by presenting a collection that encapsulates the different approaches that have fueled the fierce rivalry that has helped make these cars so famous.”
The display will include a 1963 Corvette C2 Sting Ray. This Corvette featured a significant departure from the models Corvette styling, with newfound handling prowess as well. The Sting Ray was lighter than previous Corvettes due to thinner fiberglass panels, so acceleration improved despite unchanged horsepower. This model included many “firsts” such as an independent rear suspension, hidden headlights, air conditioning and of course, the famous one-year-only “split rear window”. This particular coupe came from the factory with rare Tuxedo Black paint and a red interior.
Among the Porsches on display is a 1973 911S. Early 911s are regarded by enthusiasts as one of the purest examples of the series. Featuring unmatched drivability and utility, Porsche 911s hit their stride in the early 1970s, and aside from special racing variants, the “S” model was their top specification production car. With a 190hp, 2.4-litre flat 6-cylinder engine, 1973 911s are exceptionally coveted since this was the final year before federal regulations mandated undesirable modifications, like less streamlined bumpers.
“This group is an excellent highlight of almost every generation of Corvette and Porsche 911s since production began,” said Cooper. “To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Porsche 911 and the 60thanniversary of Corvette, we wanted to feature a selection that would highlight the ongoing competitive nature of these cars, while displaying the models that best represent the evolution that they have gone through.”
The Concours is a year-long celebration of automotive excellence featuring more than ten events. The Corvettes and Porsche 911s will be displayed at the Concours’ capstone event on July 12-14 along with 100 of the world’s finest and rarest vehicles, including a collection of Duesenbergs, Avions Voisins, Indy cars and Vincent motorcycles.
It All Started with the Wheel…
Check out this Sneak Peak into our 2013 Feature Exhibits
The Wheelmen: Rolling Into the 2013 Barrington Concours
Just like Concours exhibitors and guests are dedicated to the preservation of antique cars, those members of The Wheelmen are passionate about reviving the memories of the 1880s and 1890s, the great cycling era in America. Members of this national non-profit organization will be rolling through the seventh annual Concours d’Elegance in Barrington this July to share the beauty and rich history of these immaculately restored antique bicycles. Concours guests will have the opportunity to participate in this special event firsthand and learn more about the importance of modernday cycling. Founded by 12 enthusiasts in 1967 in Wilmington, DE, the club has steadily grown to accommodate more than 1,000 members across the U.S., Canada, and overseas.
Survivor® Collector Cars
Preservation and restoration are major themes for every Concours. Unrestored original cars are important because they are a reference for authenticity for all other collectors. Special Concours guest David Burroughs has developed an evaluation process called Survivor® to recognize outstanding vehicle preservation. A Survivor® is significantly unrestored, unrepaired or unmodified and useful as a historical reference.
The Survivor® Certifications recognize many different grades of unrestored original vehicles and present the most prestigious award for preservation cars: The ZZenithTM. Cars must pass at least three of four categories in order to become Survivor® Certified: Exterior, Interior, Under Hood and Chassis. Cars are judged against original standards and not against one another. Initially developed for Corvettes, this evaluation process is now being offered for all vehicles.
The Barrington Concours will showcase a 1969 Corvette 435 Convertible to show two different things: how the car was when it was found, and what can be done to preserve the car that does not compromise originality. Experts David Burroughs and Mike Ardito will be on hand to explain the process and help collectors understand preservation.
In addition, if you have an original unrestored collector car, in September the Barrington Concours d’Elegance will host a Survivor Evaluation and Certification Day at Cooper Technica in Chicago.
Ed Tillrock is a Chicago-area architectural illustrator and pencil specialist. His love for hot rods goes back to his childhood, when his dad took him to his first car show/swap meet at the local Ford dealer. In the swap meet area was a Model A 5-window coupe body (for less than $100). He begged his father to buy the car, to no avail. Today he expresses himself in the pencil technique he developed as an outlet for his love of drawing and “everything car.” Go to www.edtillrock.com.
Steve Macy reveals his passion for automobiles through his highly detailed and dramatic photorealistic art work. The bold use of colors, contrast, and perspective draw you into his work. Steve has worked in various mediums, but prefers acrylic paint on illustration board for its broad color spectrum, workability, and durability. Steve’s award winning work has appeared in a variety of national publications and can be found among some of the most prestigious personal collections. Go to www.stevenmacystudios.com.
Michael Furman of Philadelphia, PA, is internationally respected for his studio portraits of the world’s most significant automobiles. His signature style has attracted an international audience at concours and museum exhibitions as well as on the printed page. Michael has participated in a number of book projects as author, photographer, designer and publisher including the three-book series for The Mullin Automotive Museum. Vitesse-Élégance, French Expression of Flight and Motion is the latest in that series featuring Voisin and Hispano Suiza.
Burt “BS” Levy
Burt “BS” Levy is the author of books including The Last Open Road, Montezuma’s Ferrari, The Fabulous Trashwagon, andToly’s Ghost. Burt Levy has always been driven by two opposing dreams: to write great books and to drive great race cars. It’s a tribute to his tenacity as well as his talent that he’s been able to accomplish both. His “pound of flesh” was his first racecar, a forlorn, road-grader orange Triumph TR3 bought off the back corner of a used car lot for the princely sum of $600. The wheels came off at speed in two of his first three races (“I guess you get what you pay for”), but he was hooked anyway.
Amy Markle Motorbooks
The 2013 Barrington Concours will also feature the books of Amy Markle.
Star Automobiles to Astonish and Amaze at 7th Annual Barrington Concours d’Elegance
The Concours will feature a wide variety of vehicle classes, including some of the most celebrated pre and post war collectible cars in the world, with stars and stunning examples from each group. An array of exquisite examples of automotive excellence will be shown on July 12-14, 2013, at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Ill. The Concours will celebrate over 100 fine autos with displays detailing the history of these cars and their makers.
“We believe we’ve assembled one of the finest groups of important automobiles and motorcycles in the Midwest this year,” said David Cooper, Concours Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “From Duesenbergs to Delahaye and Vincent motor bikes, vehicles selected for the show field represent key milestones in design and engineering. The breadth will range from the brass period and great classics to post war works of art.”
One of the brightest stars will be a rare Avions Voisin C27 Roadster (shown above). It was created by Gabriel Voisin, a brilliant French designer, engineer and aircraft pioneer. After WWI, Voisin turned to automobiles, following a design path that made his creations truly unique with innovations like Knight sleeve valve engines. The 1934 Voisin Type C27 Roadster is one of only two C27 cars ever made; this one has a special Figoni coach built roadster body that was originally delivered to Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran.
Another marvel on display will be the innovative 1936 Stout Scarab. Designed by William Stout, an aircraft engineer and close friend of Henry Ford, the car was styled by John Tjaarda. Unique in its era, it is a streamlined rear-engined, spacious open cabin touring vehicle with a fully independent suspension. It was constructed more like an aircraft fuselage than a car. They were quite expensive and reportedly only nine were made. The example on display at the Concours was fully restored by the owner, who has driven it across the United States twice on the Great American Race.
Although many assume that only pre war classics and European exotics are the only vehicles to be displayed on such a show field, the Barrington Concours is breaking with that tradition.
“Each of these vehicles is held in high esteem for their contributions to automotive history,” said Cooper. “We’re thrilled to tell the story of vehicles that span several generations. It’s as important to recognize the impact of iconic cars like the Ford Mustang as it is to celebrate the greats like Auburns and Packards.”
The Concours will indeed celebrate the pop culture favorite pony car with one of the most important ones ever built. Among the headlining cars is believed to be the first 1964 Ford Mustang sold. Reports long claimed that Ford’s first Mustang was sold before midnight on April 16, 1964, with April 17 being the official start date. Gail Brown knew nothing of the most eagerly awaited new model in Detroit history when she went shopping on April 15, 1964. The salesman let Ms. Brown drive off in her Skylight Blue droptop two days before he was supposed to sell it. Meticulously restored in 2007, this convertible remains in Gail’s hands today.
The Concours is a year-long celebration of automotive excellence featuring more than ten events. These special cars will be displayed at the Concours’ capstone event on July 12-14 along with 100 of the world’s finest and rarest vehicles, including a collection of Avions Voisins, Duesenbergs, Corvettes, Porsches, Indy cars and Vincent motorcycles.