Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

This 1932 Chrysler Just Won Best in Show at This Year’s Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

This 1932 Chrysler Just Won Best in Show at This Year’s Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

There were rare Ferraris and Shelbys vying for top honors at this year’s Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, but it was an exquisite Chrysler that was awarded Best in Show.

The world’s longest-running concours, which took place June 26, saw more than 200 collectible cars and motorcycles spanning every era gather at the Bay Area’s Crystal Springs Golf Course. The highlight of the annual event, though, was a 1932 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron CL.

The 100-point ride won over a panel of esteemed judges from the international collector car world. It’s easy to see why, too. Not only is one of only six such models known to be in existence, but it was recently treated to a meticulous two-year restoration.

The 1932 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron CL won Best in Show. 

Kimball Studios

For the unversed, the CG Imperial was introduced by Chrysler in 1931 as a more affordable luxury car that offered both elegant styling and performance. A year later, the original CG was refined into the CL. Only a small number of CL Imperials, like the show’s winner, featured coachwork by LeBaron Carrossiers and the sought-after convertible body. Beyond looks, the four-wheeler had a solid amount of power, with a straight-eight producing around 125 hp. Quite impressive for the time.
“This presentation demonstrated truly exceptional and distinctive design combined with precedent-setting engineering,” Concours chairman Glen Egan said in a statement. “The 1932 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron CL is a perfect example of those characteristics and great selection for our most coveted honor.”

This 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet took Best of Show last year. 

Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

All up there were 17 dedicated judging classes, including Vintage Racecars, American Sports Cars through 1987, Japanese Cars and Vintage Motorcycles, to name but a few. The Chrysler in question won the American Pre-War to 1946 class, then beat the 16 other class winners to take Best in Show. A pristine 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet took top honors last year.
“We are deeply honored that Hillsborough judges selected this magnificent Chrysler, given the stunning cars that were on display,” owners Lorenzo and Susan Nannini added.
Other festivities of the 66th show included a salute to historic Route 66 and special displays honoring the 75th anniversary of Ferrari and the 60th anniversary of Shelby American. To top it off, organizers said there was a record attendance. After a year off in 2020 due to the pandemic, it’s good to see things at Hillsborough are back in full swing.

Rare Ferrari and Shelby Models Face Off for Best in Show at the 66th Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

Rare Ferrari and Shelby Models Face Off for Best in Show at the 66th Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

The San Francisco Bay Area’s Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, an annual gathering of incredible cars spanning every era of automotive excellence, returns for its 66th edition on June 26. Fittingly, what’s touted as the world’s longest-running concours (despite taking a year off in 2020 due to the pandemic) is celebrating storied Route 66 this year, while additionally highlighting the 60th anniversary of Shelby American and the 75th anniversary of Ferrari.

A special seminar presented by the Candy Store, an exclusive car club, will also take a closer look at four hand-picked race cars with ties to Bay Area automotive history. On Friday evening, the not-for-profit club’s secret location plays host to Hillsborough’s “Start Your Engines” party, kicking off a full weekend of festivities leading up to the official show on Sunday.

A display of Dinos grace the show lawn at last year’s edition of the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance. 

Kimball Studios, courtesy of the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance.

The agenda continues Saturday with the official Tour d’Elegance rally exploring local back roads on the way to another secretive, private car collection nearby. Then, on Sunday, Pixar’s creative director Jay Ward, who served as a key advisor on the Cars film franchise, will join the main event as an honorary concours judge.
“I’m incredibly excited and honored to be a part of the Hillsborough Concours this year and am looking forward to seeing all the incredible vehicles on display,” Ward said in a statement. “The cars of Route 66 have a special place in my heart, as we featured ‘The Mother Road’ in the movie Cars.”

The 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC that will be entered. 

Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

Highlights from the Ferrari exhibit will include rarely seen, historically significant models like a 1949 166 MM Barchetta, a 1957 500 TRC, a 1958 250 GT LWB California Spider and a 1968 330 GTC. Perhaps a bit of Ford v Ferrari competition may play out, as the salute to Shelby American’s 60th anniversary presents a trio of American icons: a 1965 427 Cobra, a 1966 GT350 and a 1969 GT500 Fastback. The Candy Store, meanwhile, plans to bring along a 1926 Bugatti Type 39A, a 1948 Nardi Corsa Barchetta, a 1954 Jaguar XK120 and a 1954 La Carrera Panamericana Chrysler New Yorker.

The 1954 La Carrera Panamericana Chrysler New Yorker being presented by the Candy Store car club. 

Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

The Hillsborough Concours dates back to 1956, and to commemorate this year’s edition, a new group of over 20 dedicated judging classes will include the themed Cars of Route 66 alongside Shocking Classics Through 1987, Yellow Cars, Vintage Motorcycles and Japanese Cars, among others. In 2021, a 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet took home Best in Show (the same example named Best Concours Car in Robb Report’s 2021 Best of the Best issue) while the Chairman’s Award, presented by returning chairman Glen Egan, went to a pristine BMW M1 Procar.

This 1937 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet took Best in Show last year. 

Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

Hillsborough strives to foster participation and engagement from attendees with Saturday’s road rally, but there’s also a memorable tribute that entails all the concours cars firing up their engines and revving to redline. Called the Moment of Noise, it’s done in honor of the friends no longer in attendance each year, replacing what’s traditionally a moment of silence.

The 1966 Shelby GT350 that will compete for top honors. 

Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

Many of the classics that turn up at Hillsborough, whether taking part in the official contest or driven by spectators, often appear at Pebble Beach and the various other gatherings that make up Monterey Car Week in August. Held at the Crystal Springs Golf Course, roughly 20 minutes south of San Francisco proper, the Hillsborough event offers a chance to get up close and personal with some of the most revered marques and best-preserved models in history without committing the time and effort necessary to navigate Monterey’s overwhelmed infrastructure and swollen crowds.

The 2021 Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance Kicks Off California’s Car-Show Season

The 2021 Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance Kicks Off California’s Car-Show Season

As with most every public gathering scheduled for 2020, car shows around the world were shuttered due to the pandemic. Which means that the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, which had, until then, been held annually since 1956, will celebrate its 65th event on Sunday, July 18, at the Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame, Calif., a stone’s throw from San Francisco International Airport.

The featured marques for 2021 are BMW and Ford, two unlikely bedfellows but both brands that distinguish themselves with a long history of exceptional designs. BMW’s sporting models span the decades, represented at Hillsborough with desirable examples like a 507 from 1957, a 1974 3.0 CSL and a 1980 M1. Ford cuts a wide swath, including a futuristic Ford Thunderbird concept car and perennial favorites like a 1968 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible.

This 1957 BMW 507 is heading for the concours lawn. 

Photo by Oliver Sterk, courtesy of the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance.

More than a dozen “Automobiles of Distinction” groups feature US prewar and postwar cars, approved examples from the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA), American muscle cars, American sporting cars through 1987, two Ferrari classes, two imported sports car classes, Rolls-Royce and Bentley classes, Japanese cars, and a preservation class. Additionally, vintage hot rods, race cars and even station wagons will populate the 18th fairway. And not to forget machines with fewer than four wheels, vintage motorcycles will also have their day in the sun.

The 1968 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible that will be among the field of contestants. 

Photo: Courtesy of the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance.

Collector-car enthusiast Glen Egan is the new event chairman, and the 10-year restoration of his beloved 1987 Fiat X1/9 is an indication of his commitment to the hobby. A kart racer and sponsor of the go-kart championships at Sonoma Raceway over the last decade, Egan has managed logistics for the Hillsborough Concours since 2015.

Collector-car enthusiast Glen Egan, the new event chairman. 

Photo: Courtesy of the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance.

Sunday’s competition will conclude a weekend of festivities that begin on Friday, July 16, with a kick-off party featuring 40 vintage and classic cars on display in historic Burlingame. On Saturday, the annual Hillsborough Tour d’Elegance road rally travels scenic Bay Area back roads while led by a police escort, stopping for lunch at a private estate.

A scene from the 2019 Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance. 

Photo by Kimball Studios, courtesy of the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance.

Partnering with the town of Hillsborough, the concours raises proceeds for Ability Path, The Guardsmen and the Hillsborough Schools Foundation. For tickets, visit HillsboroughConcours.com.

Learn more about Robb Report’s 2022 Car of the Year at the event taking place in Napa Valley here and in Boca Raton here.

PHP Code Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com