On any given Sunday in May, there’s usually at least 2 or 3 car shows in our area. But one Sunday each year, we know exactly where we’ll be. We’ve attended the Greenwich Concours D’Elegance for four years, and it gets better and better every time we return. The event spans the entire weekend, starting with American classics on Saturday. We attend the event on Sunday, the European day, mainly due to scheduling. Don’t let the name fool you. While it is a concours, it’s not one that strictly limits entrants to specific years or categories. The show ground in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park is littered with some seriously interesting cars, from sportscars to supercars to full-on hypercars. Then there’s the little town of Greenwich itself. For a few days, the town fills with auto enthusiasts. They all patrol the streets of Greenwich in cars as diverse and exciting as the ones on the grass. Its a scene that provides pedestrians and amateur photographers with plenty of amazing opportunities. If you keep your head on a swivel, there’s no telling what you’ll see. We captured some of the best of both worlds, unique opportunities on grass and tarmac.
We asked Audi for a ride to attend the show and they graciously let us borrow a new Audi S5. We invited a friend and his S4 to join us for the day. Read our review of the 2014 S5 here!
Speaking of Audi, the TT-RS is a 5-cylinder, all-wheel-drive powerhouse equipped with a manual transmission. From that description, who wouldn’t want one?
BMW’s were out in force as well both in the show and around town. We spotted this excellent E36 Lightweight M3, with its helpful identifying plate, in the parking garage. Once inside the show, we were treated to the spectacular widebody of the BMW 3.5 CSL.
Ferrari’s were a dime a dozen in Greenwich on Sunday. How often do you get to say that? In the park, the 10-year-old Enzo still looks fantastic
James Glickenhaus was on hand with his P4/5C. The car has quite the modern racing pedigree, competing in multiple 24h of Nurburgring endurance challenges. The carbon fiber body is absolutely stunning.
What sort of show would it be without at least a classic Jaguar. E-Type Jaguars are always a crowd favorite, and we think they’re one of the most beautiful car ever produced. It’s especially timeless in British Racing Green.
The show had an excellent turnout this year for Lamborghini. It’s not often you get to see something as timeless as the 400GT sitting feet away from a freshly-restored Countach. Ever heard of the Lamborghini Islero? Sir Roger Moore had one, so you should probably look it up. While we were there, a brand new Aventador LP700-4 Roadster stopped by to check out the classics. While we were busy checking out this corral, a 1975 Countach sold at the nearby Bonhams auction for $1.2 million, making it the most expensive Countach ever.
1,150 lbs, 115 hp. This diminutive open-wheeled racer was as fast as the Cobra and Corvettes of its era. It also drew admiration from young and old attendees.
The new McLaren 650S was provided by Miller Motorcars. The P1-inspired face certainly updates the 12C, though we’re not sure you could call the 12C’s look “dated”. It’s hard to argue with continuous improvement.
The Mercedes C63 AMG Edition 507 is the last hurrah for the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 from Mercedes AMG. Of course, it paled in comparison to the breathtaking 300SL parked outside Carriage House Motor Cars. The robin egg blue over red leather stole our hearts and ended up being our favorite car of the day.
This was the first time we’ve witnessed a Pagani in person. You can read stories and look at pictures, but nothing does the Huayra justice like seeing it in its exposed carbon fiber glory. We left with a new found appreciation for the craftsmanship of Pagani. To arrive and find success on the supercar scene without pedigree is a testament to Pagani’s labor of love and utmost build quality.
We’re pretty big Porsche fans. If you, like us, are also a Porsche fan, then you know all the above cars aren’t ones you see around town: the track-ready GT3RS, the ultra-rare 4.0L variant, the insane Carrera GT, and the entirely impractical Speedster. They’re all lovely in their own way, but we’ll take the Speedster.
The Spirit of Ecstasy has had many faces. Our favorite is 1930s vintage.
This is a two-faced VW Beetle. Both sides are identical. Without a rear, we’re not sure where the engine is. Actually, we’re not sure about any of this.
-Photos by Christopher Little
-Words by Scott Villeneuve