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About the Barrington Concours d’Elegance

The prestigious Barrington Concours d’Elegance was first held in 2007 in the Chicago suburb of Barrington, Ill. Today, it’s the premier celebration of automotive elegance and excellence in the Midwest. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the funds from the Barrington Concours d’Elegance go to support the Legends and Legacy Foundation, which raises money for local charities through an ongoing series of educational events that promote the design, history and technology of the automobile.

The crown jewel event in the series is the Concours d’Elegance on July 12-14, 2013, at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Ill. Celebrating the world’s rich automotive heritage, the Saturday activities include a road rally and an evening gala; Sunday boasts a group of the finest and rarest vehicles and special displays. The unique experience provides enthusiasts with the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, while honoring the best of American and European automobiles and motorcycles.

 

A Celebration of Automotive Heritage

The Concours originated with a group of philanthropic-minded individuals who wished to commemorate some of the most sought after automobiles in the world, while raising funding for area charities. Today, the efforts are not only focused on the crown jewel weekend – the Annual Barrington Concours d’Elegance – but also nine other events throughout the year.

Thousands of collector car owners and enthusiasts flock to the event each year to see hundreds of stunning vehicles displayed proudly on the grass at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington. Exhibits vary annually and have included Duesenbergs, Avions Voisins, Vincent motorcycles, Indy cars, Porsches and Cobras.

Awards are determined by a group of experts and bestowed on the day of the Concours. There are 12 awards presented during the Concours, the most coveted being the Best of Show award, which is chosen among First in Class winners. Other awards include Cooper Technica Excellence in Restoration; Meguiar’s Ultimate Finish 2013; Gerber Collision & Glass; PPG Excellence in Paint Award; This Car Matters for historically important vehicles; HVA/FIVA Trophy for important original vehicles; Gone But Not Forgotten (Carl Edwards); and Flights of Fancy Award for Voisins.

 

Celebrities and Stars

Each year, the Barrington Concours d’Elegance attracts an all-star crowd of automotive celebrities. Stars like racing legend Bobby Rahal, car czar Bob Lutz, Duesenberg expert Randy Ema, collector Peter Mullin and Chicago Deputy Mayor Steve Koch have put their support behind the Concours’ year-long celebration of the automobile. These luminaries don’t just attend the event, but are often the object of special Concours events, such as speaking engagements and panel discussions.

 

Celebration of the Automobile

Besides the Concours weekend, the Barrington Concours d’Elegance also provides some of the most exciting activities each year, with ten events taking place year round. Other events include the Porsche Sport Driving School event, an Avions Voisin Special Viewing, a “Cars as Art” event combining modern art with Voisin cars and more.

 

The Spirit of Giving 

Celebrating seven years of excellence, the Barrington Concours d’Elegance will support more than just our automotive legacy. The money collected by the Concours committee and its volunteers, exhibitors, spectators, judges and sponsors will benefit multiple charitable organizations across Illinois.

 

Fact Sheet

OVERVIEW:

The Barrington Concours d’Elegance© is the premier celebration of automotive excellence in the Chicagoland area. The Concours supports the Legends & Legacies Foundation, a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization (in process), whose mission is to raise money for local charities through a continuing series of educational events focusing on automotive history, design, and technology. In 2013, all proceeds from the Foundation’s work will support the Barrington Area Conservation Trust. Since its inception in 2007, over half a million dollars has been raised for a variety of local charities.

LEADERSHIP:
  • David Cooper, Concours Co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer
  • Patty Dowd Schmitz, Concours Co-Chair and Chief Operating Officer
  • Mary Bradford-White, Legend & Legacies Foundation President and Barrington Concours d’Elegance- Founder
JUDGES
JULY CONCOURS FACTS:

Friday, July 12

Legacy Club “Car-B-Que,” featuring the muscle car collection of Mike and Ivy Guarise and co-hosted by Dave and Susan Nelsen.

Saturday, July 13

Forty-mile road rally through Barrington’s bucolic countryside, followed by Citizens Park picnic. All vehicles may participate from classic cars to the family mini-van.

On Saturday evening, the “Great Gatsby Garden Party,” will be held at the Barrington HIlls Country Club with proceeds to benefit Barrington Area Conservation Trust.

Sunday, July 14

The Barrington Concours d’Elegance commences featuring:

  • Seen for the first time in the Midwest – Avoins Voisins Preview from the Mullin Automotive Museum
  • Duesenbergs Exhibit, plus renowned authority, Randy Ema, on-hand
  • Indy Car Exhibit, with famed race drivers Bobby Rahal and Don Devine
  • Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Porsche 911. Cars hail from Porsche museum in Germany
  • Corvette’s 50th anniversary with several rare vehicles on display
  • Collection of antique military vehicles
  • Wheelmen exhibit – Antique bicycles from the 1880s-1890s
  • Twelve collector car and motorcycle classes
  • Special awards honoring
    • Randy Ema
    • Bob McKee, auto designer and pioneer
    • Bob Shaw, car builder
    • Lou Natenshon, Pat Morse, Carl Edwards and Bill Siegfriedt – longtime commitment to the Auto Historica in Highland Park, Ill.
  • Barrington Concours Art Exhibition
  • Awards Ceremony and private cocktail hour
SPONSORS

Founding Sponsors:

  • Makray Memorial Golf Club
  • Motor Werks of Barrington
  • Northern Trust
  • The Stephen B. Smith Family
  • More than 50 corporate and individual sponsors
ADDITIONAL 2013 EVENTS:

An Evening with Bob Lutz - Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Barrington Concours and CLASS (Chicago Loop Auto Sport Society) present Bob Lutz, automotive executive from General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and BMW. The presentation will be at Cooper Technica, Inc. Legacy Club members enjoy complimentary attendance.

Porsche Sport Driving School – Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Northern Trust Celebration of Speed features the Porsche Sport Driving School at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. Guests will speed around the track in extraordinary Porsches, followed by a post-event reception at the “garage mahal” of Autobahn members and Concours Legacy Club members Jim and Debbie Keck. This is an invitation-only event.

Voisin Preview – Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Special preview of the Concours’s Voisin vehicles, on loan from the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Calif.

Survivor Car Evaluations & Certification – Saturday, September 14, 2013

Follow-up to the Survivor class at the Concours, individuals can bring their collector cars to be inspected and certified by qualified judges at Cooper Technica, Inc.

Cars as Art – Monday, September 16-Sunday, September 22, 2013

In conjunction with Art Week and Chicago Expo, the Barrington Concours d’Elegance is hosting Cars as Art: a rare exhibit combining modern art and Voisin cars.

 

INFORMATION:

Mailing Address

17 Oakdene East

Barrington Hills, Illinois 60010

 

Phone – 847.381.4291

Website – http://www.concourschicago.net/

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What is the Barrington Concours d’Elegance?

A:  The Barrington Concours d’Elegance is the premier celebration of automotive excellence in the Chicagoland area. Featuring 10 events during a year-long celebration of the automobile, the organization supports the newly formed Legends & Legacies Foundation, which raises money for local charities through an ongoing series of educational events that promote the design, history, and technology of the automobile. In 2013, the proceeds from the foundation are directed to the Concours founding charity, the Barrington Area Conservation Trust.

The capstone event in the series is the Concours d’Elegance on July 12-14, 2013 at Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington. Focusing on celebrating the world’s rich automotive heritage, the Saturday activities include a road rally and an evening gala, and Sunday boasts 100 of the finest and rare vehicles, and special displays. The unique experience provides enthusiasts with the opportunity to unwind in a relaxing atmosphere, while honoring the best of American and European automobiles and motorcycles, and viewing exceptional automotive art.

 

Q: Who is the core leadership for this organization?

A: The organization is led by David Cooper, Concours co-chair and CEO, and Patty Dowd Schmitz, Concours co-chair and COO. They are supported by the Legends & Legacies Foundation Board, which includes Cooper and Schmitz as well as Bobby Rahal, Dee Beaubien, Molly Hamman, Gillian Stoettner, and Concours founder Mary Bradford-White. The Concours is also supported year-round by more than 150 volunteers.

 

Q: What is the location of the Concours d’Elegance in July?

A: The Barrington Concours d’Elegance is held at the public, Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington, Ill.

 

Q: Who is sponsoring the event?

A: While the Concours has over 50 corporate and individual sponsors, it has four primary “Founding Sponsors” who have supported the event since its inception in 2007: Motor Werks of Barrington, Makray Memorial Golf Club, Northern Trust and The Stephen B. Smith Family.

 

Q: Who started the Barrington Concours d’Elegance?

A: The Concours originated in 2007 by a group of philanthropic-minded individuals who wished to commemorate some of the most sought after automobiles in the Midwest, while raising funding for Barrington area charities. Today, the efforts are not only focused on the crown jewel weekend event – the Seventh Annual Barrington Concours d’Elegance – but also nine other events throughout 2013.

 

Q: What activities are scheduled during the July Concours?

A: The Barrington Concours d’Elegance is a family event celebrating the world’s finest and rare vehicles and motorcycles.

The festivities kick off on Friday, July 12 for the organization’s, Legacy Club “Car-B-Que.” Legacy Club members and invited guests will take part in a fun “Car-B-Que” featuring the muscle car collection of Legacy Club members and longtime Concours supporters Mike and Ivy Guarise, along with fellow supporters Dave and Susan Nelsen.

Saturday, July 13 brings a road rally featuring a 40-mile drive through Barrington’s bucolic countryside, followed by a picnic lunch at Citizens Park. All vehicles may participate from classic cars to the family mini-van. On Saturday evening, the Concours will host a charity dinner, the “Great Gatsby Garden Party,” at the Barrington Hills Country Club. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the Barrington Area Conservation Trust, which works to protect open spaces in the region.

On Sunday, July 14, the Barrington Concours d’Elegance commences featuring:

  • Preview of several important cars from the Avoins Voisins exhibition at the Mullin Automotive Museum, such as a 1936 C28 Clairiere Berline, a 1928 C11 Chasserons, a 1934 C27 Figoni Roadster, a 1953 C31 Biscooter and the 1935 C25 Aerodyne, which was the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance “Best of Show” winner. This is the first time these special vehicles have been shown in the Midwest
  • Exceptional exhibit of Duesenbergs, known as one of the most exquisite American cars ever made. Renowned authority on Auburns, Cords and Duesenbergs, Randy Ema, will also be present
  • Indy Car exhibit with the assistance of famed race drivers Bobby Rahal and Don Devine
  • Celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 911 with rare Porsches made possible through the Porsche museum in Germany
  • Special showcase for the 50th anniversary of the Corvette Collection of antique military vehicles
  • The Wheelmen exhibit revives memories of the great cycling era in America (1880s and 1890s) through immaculately restored antique bicycles
  • Furthermore, the event offers 12 classes of collectible cars and motorcycles across every time period and style from private collectors around the globe.
  • The Concours will also honor several key individuals for their contributions to the automotive world. Special awards will be bestowed to Randy Ema; auto designer and pioneer Bob McKee; and car builder Bob Shaw. Lou Natenshon, Pat Morse, Carl Edwards and Bill Siegfriedt are being honored for their longtime work in organizing the Auto Historica in Highland Park, Ill.
  • Following the 2:30 p.m. awards ceremony, the event closes with a private VIP cocktail hour.

 

Q: Beyond the individual car classes, what awards can a can owner receive?

A: There are several awards presented during the ceremony, award placing for each class. Some of the most prestigious awards include:

  • Best of Show
  • Cooper Technica Excellence in Restoration
  • Meguiar’s Ultimate Finish 2013
  • Gerber Collision & Glass and PPG Excellence in Paint Award
  • This Car Matters for Historically Important Vehicles
  • HVA/FIVA Trophy for an Important Original Vehicles
  • Gone But Not Forgotten (Carl Edwards)
  • Flights of Fancy Award – Voisin

 

Q: Who are the judges and what is the panel evaluating when inspecting each vehicle?

A: The 2013 Chief Judge is Peter Fino of QuattroFino, and he is joined by Chief Judge Emeritus, Jonathan A. Stein of Hagarty’s Magazine. Several honorary judges will be joining the panel over the coming months.

Fino began working part-time in the vintage and classic car business in 1973, fixing up MGTC’s and MGA’s and selling them to support his passion. Later, he did consulting work and helped assemble a number of collections and museums in the U.S. and U.K. during the 1970s and 1980s. He began Gemini Works (VCD) Vintage Car Division in 1975. His first love will always be prewar sports cars, but now he deals directly in Italian vehicles; Ferraris in particular. QuattroFino is named after his four sons, who are also car enthusiasts.

Furthermore, Fino has raced Vintage cars for over 20 years; and he has also shown vehicles and won awards at Pebble Beach, Meadow Brook, Chicago International Concours, and the Jaguar Club of North America.

An automotive historian and writer, Stein is best known for his 12 years at Automobile Quarterly. A hobbyist and collector for more than 35 years, Stein’s articles have appeared in numerous American and British publications. He is also the editor of The Art and Colour of General Motors, a collaboration with photographer Michael Furman. Stein has authored, “British Sports Cars in America” and “The Performing Art of the American Automobile,” and is the co-author of “Curves of Steel,” another collaboration with Furman. He has judged at scores of concours from Italy to California, and he continues to write about automobile history and consult for automotive auction houses and museums.

For the seventh year, the Concours offers the Hagerty Youth Judges Program. Youth between the ages of eight and 17 are invited to participate as “Youth Judges” at the event, where they have the opportunity to interact with vehicle owners and judges – and even pick their own Best of Show.

 

Q: How much are tickets and where can they be purchased?

A: General admission tickets are $25 per person prior to the event, and $30 at the gate. VIP tickets include all-day VIP access to the VIP Suite, a VIP Lunch, two drink tickets, and the post-event cocktail receptions for $75 pre-event or $85 at the gate. Road Rally tickets are $75 per vehicle and include a driver, navigator, and two backseat drivers, as well as continental breakfast and picnic lunch. Gala tickets are $200 per person.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.concourschicago.net.

 

Q: What benefits do Legacy Club members enjoy?

A: The Legacy Club is an exclusive group of automobile enthusiasts whose purpose is to elevate the Barrington Concours d’Elegance to be a premier concours in the Midwest. Membership entitles individuals to invitations to and discounts on exclusive events, and special members-only benefits at each annual Barrington Concours d’Elegance. Legacy Club members receive four VIP tickets to the Concours event and discounts on other event tickets throughout the year, as well as special admittance to the VIP Legacy Club Car-B-Que on July 12.

 

Q: What are the other 2013 events?

A: 2013 brings a variety of events to raise funding for the Barrington Conservation Trust.

They are as follows:

Porsche Sport Driving School – Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Northern Trust Celebration of Speed features the Porsche Sport Driving School at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill. Join Barrington Concours founding sponsor, Northern Trust, and other VIP guests as they speed around the track in extraordinary Porsches, followed by a post-event reception at the “garage mahal” of Legacy Club members and Concours supporters Jim and Debbie Keck.

Voisin Special Viewing – Thursday, July 25, 2013

Enjoy an intimate viewing of the Voisin vehicles that will be presented at the Barrington Concours d’Elegance, on loan from the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Calif.

Cars as Art – Monday, September 16-Sunday, September 22, 2013

In conjunction with Art Week and Chicago Expo, the Barrington Concours d’Elegance is hosting Cars as Art: a rare exhibit combining modern art and Voisin cars.

Survivor Car Evaluations and Certifications – Saturday, September 28, 2013

As a follow-up to the presentation of the Survivor class at the Concours, the not-for-profit is sponsoring a Survivor Car Day at Cooper Technica, Inc. Individuals who wish to bring their collector cars may have qualified judges inspect and certify their cars.

Biographies

David Cooper, Co-chair and CEO

As the Co-chair and CEO of the 2013 Barrington Concours d’Elegance, David Cooper is ideally positioned for the role due to his passion for collector cars, which spans several decades. In 1989, he founded Cooper Technica, Inc., a global, award-winning restoration shop specializing in European cars from the 1930s through 1960s. Cooper personally oversees all aspects of restoration and assembly at his two workshops, in Chicago and Lyon, France, using the latest digital scanning and imaging technology along with vintage equipment and fabrication techniques from the 1930s.

Cooper meticulously researches the history and provenance of each car his company restores and is a consultant to several automotive historians. Currently, he is restoring two 1937 Delage D8-120 Aérosport Coupes, a 1948 Delahaye 135M Saoutchik Cabriolet, a Tatra T77 and two Alfa Romeo 6C2500 Super Sport Cabriolets from the 1940s.

Prior to Cooper Technica, Cooper was Vice-President of Cooper Machine Company, Inc., a manufacturer of custom automated heavy-duty sewing and material handling equipment for automotive, furniture and military applications.

Cooper is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and literature. He also studied Political Philosophy for two years at the University of Chicago. He resides in Chicago.

 

Patty Dowd Schmitz, Co-chair and COO

Patty Dowd Schmitz is in her sixth year serving as the director of the Barrington Concours d’Elegance. She was named co-chair and COO in 2012. She oversees all operational and marketing aspects of this event as it evolves into one of the world’s finest automotive extravaganzas. Beyond her work with the Concours, she is also the principal of Three Peaks Marketing Group, a marketing communications consulting company specializing in working with small businesses and nonprofits.

Patty is extensively involved in her community of Barrington, Illinois. She has written numerous books and articles on local dignitaries and historical topics. She serves on a number of nonprofit boards and committees and was instrumental in growing the Barrington Concours to a pre-eminent event in the region. Patty graduated from Northwestern University collecting her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and magazine publishing. She resides in Barrington with her husband and two children.