Ontario concours d'elegance sees 1936 Delahaye "teardrop coupe" crowned
1936 Delahaye Type 135 Competition Court Teardrop Coupe (Nick Maronese/Autofocus)
Nicholas Maronese, Autofocus.ca
Published Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:07PM EDT
A one-of-three 1936 Delahaye "teardrop coupe" from Denver, Colorado took home best-in-show at the second annual Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance near Owen Sound, Ontario this past weekend.
Roger Willbanks' Type 135 – a "masterpiece of the French curve," with bodywork by renowned coachbuilders Figoni et Falaschi – beat out the winners from 21 other classes of cars at the event. Classes included everything from pre-1916 "brass-era" cars to European sports cars to muscle cars to modern supercars. In all there were roughly 150 top cars on display.
A concours d'elegance differs from most car shows in that it features only the finest, most accurately restored examples of classic automobiles and subjects them to scrutiny by expert judges.
B.C.'s John Carlson, president of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada, resumed his role of chief judge for 2014.
He and his colleagues pored over a whole new fleet of cars – vehicles may only be shown at the event once every four years – and a few entirely new classes, including the microcar class made up of eight exceedingly small autos mostly built shortly after the Second World War.
Another first for this year was the museum cars class, made up of nine cars from museums across Canada and the United States. Entrants in this class – which were at the concours for display only, and not for judging – included Canada's oldest car, the 1867 Henry Seth Taylor steam buggy (pictured below), as well as the 1963 Ford Mustang II prototype from the Detroit Historical Society collection.
Chilly weather did not prevent thousands of spectators from turning out for the event, nor did it deter people from participating in the Porsche 911 test drives, sponsored by Porsche Canada, held throughout the day.
Event chairman Rob McLeese has scheduled the 2015 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance for September 13 next year.