This year marked the 19th running of the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance in Pennsylvania, and the event has come a long way from when I first attended it in 2009. Everything about the event has been improved in the last year. It now feels well laid out with clearly defined show and vendor areas and finally has a reviewing stand the winners to cross to receive their awards.
However, one thing that happily has not changed is the venue itself, which lends itself nicely to seeing the cars.
The event kicks off on Friday with a casual BBQ at the Radnor Hunt Club and is a nice and easy way to meet your fellow competitors, judges and attendees in an enjoyable setting.
Saturday kicks off with a vintage rally open to all attendees and spectators, followed that night by a black tie gala. Usually these gala events can be a bit long and not a lot of fun, but the casual and social nature of the one at Radnor makes for a fun evening before the big show.
Sunday is the concours, with cars starting to roll onto the field as early as 6 a.m.
The cars and motorcycles are presented by class in a kind of tiered structure, giving spectators a clear view of many cars at the same time. This makes viewing unique and is a wonderful way to present cars and motorcycles.
This year, Radnor celebrated the cars of Alfa Romeo along with the standard fare of everything from full classics to sports and GT cars and even a great display of pickup trucks.
Radnor Hunt also has a terrific motorcycle class and is one of the finest such concours in the U.S. This year featured motorcycles from BMW. The bikes on display ranged from the 1920s to the ‘80s and was probably the finest selection of BMW bikes I have seen in one place.
Radnor smartly pick two best of show winners, one full classic and one sporting car. This is a practice that more concours should consider. The winners this year were a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Touring owned by Gordon Barrett and a 1934 Pierce-Arrow 840A Convertible Sedan LeBaron owned by Charles Gillett.
Other standouts were the gorgeous blue 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster owned by Done and Diane Meluzio and my personal favorite car of the event, the 1956 Maserati A6G2000 Coupe Zagato owned by Susan Castle.
If you have yet to attend the Radnor Hunt Concours, consider it for 2016, when the event celebrates its 20th year with some very special things planned for the anniversary.
Photos by Andy Reid