The 2015 Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be brought to you in part by Cadillac, its organizers announced late August, weeks before an event which in three years has already become Canada’s premiere classic car showcase.
In its role as presenting sponsor, Cadillac will be bringing a variety of historically important cars to the concours from the GM Heritage Center in Michigan, including a 1957 Cadillac concept car and the 1953 Cadillac Le Mans two-seat concept (that’s a variant of it pictured above). There will also be a seminar on the evolution of the marque.
“I’m excited about the quality of our judging team; I’m excited about the quality of the cars, which is just phenomenal; I’m excited about the quality of the boats that are there, the vintage
pickups, the bikes,” says chairman Rob McLeese of the third annual event, held on the Cobble Beach golf course near Owen Sound, Ontario.
New classes for this year include pickup trucks and vintage motorcycles – specifically Vincent brand motorcycles – as well as a non-competitive vintage boats class.
McLeese says that in organizing this event for the third year in a row they’ve found the Muscle Car and European Sports Car classes to be among the most popular, but for the American Open Classics to see the most entries overall.
“We probably get three times as many entries as the class allows [there are supposed to be a maximum eight cars per class],” McLeese explains. “So it allows us to be very picky and choosy on that.”
“The American Closed Classics [are not as popular]. Although there’s some really significant cars in there, most people don’t want to keep the closed classic. If they’re going to put all that investment into restoring a car, they tend to go with open,” he adds.
Highlights from this year’s concours include two Bugattis, a 1938 Type 57C and a recreation of the long-lost Aerolithe, assembled by Bradford, Ontario’s Guild of Automotive Restorers; a mid-1990s Canadian-built supercar prototype; and a Saoutchik-bodied 1938 Graham with unique cantilever or “scissor”-type doors.
“Is it getting tougher [to source quality cars]? I’d say it’s getting a little tougher, because the same car can only come once every four years,” says McLeese. “However, that being said, there are so many good cars, and as our reputation builds, more and more people are coming from farther afield, so it’s broadening our field.”
Other event highlights include a behind-the-scenes look into the development of the Mustang with Ford designer Jack Telnack; Porsche 911 and Cadillac V-series car test drives; and the first and last ever presentation of the prestigious Lee Iacocca Award outside of the United States.
Concours attendees can look forward to this year’s event being the best yet, McLeese says. “Let’s put it this way: if you like this kind of stuff – elegant, rarely seen cars – you’re going to see
some stuff that’ll blow your socks off.”
The Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be held September 13 at the Cobble Beach golf resort in Kemble, Ontario, near Owen Sound. See the website for more information.