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18th Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance

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Celebrating its 18th year showcasing some of the world’s finest automobiles, the Radnor Hunt¬†Concours d’Elegance combines the recreational qualities of an English garden party with the nostalgia evoked by classic cars. The three-day event features 100 carefully selected motor vehicles on display, as well as other activities such as a barbecue, Black Tie Gala, silent auction, art show preview, and the Chester County Road Rally.

This year’s featured marques are ?Classic Chryslers,? ?Formula One Grid,? and ?Powered by Ford.? Along with ?Under 250cc Bikes Prior to 1974,? the event includes British maker HRD Vincent and Brough Superior as the featured motorcycle makes. Also on display is a variety of vintage horse-drawn coaches and carriages to ?illustrate the evolution of transportation,? states Chairman Michael G. Tillson III.

The ?Classic Chryslers? class showcases 1920s- and 1930s-era cars, including a 1962 Facel Vega Facel II and a 1936 Chrysler Imperial C-10 Airflow. In addition, attendees can see a rare 1937 Chrysler C-15 Town Car with body by LeBaron, which was built for Walter P. Chrysler’s wife, and Chrysler Chairman K.T. Keller’s 1955 Chrysler Imperial Prototype Convertible.

The ?Formula One Grid? class includes examples of the highest level of motorsport from the past century. ?Powered by Ford? selections range from the Sunbeam Tiger and DeTomaso Mangusta to the Shelby Cobra and TVR Griffith, all of which have Ford engines.

An HRD Vincent motorcycle. Photo by Michael Furman

HRD Vincent is a British motorcycle manufacturer associated with models such as the Black Shadow. The Brough Superior is often referred to as the ?Rolls Royce of Motorcycles? and was the favored ride of T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia. ?Under 250cc Bikes Prior to 1974? rounds out the motorcycle classes and showcases a wide array of bikes with smaller displacement engines.

Author Matthew Biberman, writer of Big Sid’s Vincati, a memoir about his relationship with his late father and legendary Vincent tuner, Big Sid Biberman, is also in attendance. Big Sid Biberman has been nominated to the AMA Hall of Fame for 2014.

Proceeds from the event benefit Thorncroft Equestrian Center in Malvern. The center’s mission is to develop the physical and emotional well being of all people, including those with special needs, through therapeutic horseback riding.

A couple enjoying their ride in the Chester County Road Rally.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY, September 12
BBQ (6:30pm)

SATURDAY, September 13
The Chester County Rally (8am-12pm)
Motorsport Park Cars and Coffee (8:30am)
Black Tie Gala, Silent Auction and Art Show Preview (6:30pm-11pm)

SUNDAY, September 14
The Concours d’Elegance (9am-4pm)
Motorsports Park (9am)
VIP Luncheon (11:30am-2:30pm)
Coaches and Carriages (12pm-2pm)