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Hillsborough Concours – Caviar and Cool Cars

The Hillsborough Concours is America’s longest continuously-running Concours D’Elegance. While we thought twice about that statement, it was confirmed by Show Chairman Rich Kelaita.

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Hillsborough Concours, Fuel Curve

Rich explained while other similar events have been happening longer (Pebble Beach etc), those events have taken a few years off throughout their life span, making the 62nd annual Hillsborough Concours the longest-continuous event of its kind. We got their early in the morning to catch a glimpse of the special vehicles before the sun came up. Coffee at the Concours!

Hillsborough Concours, Fuel Curve

Hillsborough Concours, Fuel Curve

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Held at Crystal Springs Golf Course on the fairway of the 18th hole, the event had all the makings of a great day with over 225 regal classics, wine, cheese, caviar, frilly hats and hot rods? Yup – South City Rod & Custom’s Bill Ganahl and a band of merry hot rod brethren crashed the course to compete alongside Packard’s, Bugatti’s and the world’s elite sports and race cars. Ganahl’s crew scored the hot rod class win when Nick Rogers’ blue ’51 Mercury, built by Ganahl in 2013, crossed the red carpet to collect his hardware. This Merc is a former Goodguys Custom of the Year winner also. It looked as good as ever on the green.

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Hillsborough Concours, Fuel Curve

Speaking of hardware, the Hillsborough Concours had the most pristine show awards we’ve ever seen. Loving cups stuffed with flowers, hand sculpted statuettes and dozens of crystal class awards filled the judges table.

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Hillsborough Concours, Fuel Curve

While we don’t normally run in concours circles, it was an exercise in education walking the fairway. For instance, winning the prestigious Bob Cole Award was John Tennyson’s 1961 Morgan. I didn’t know anything about Morgan’s other than they’re British but the cars here are steeped in tradition. Massive and beautiful Bentley’s and Buicks, early Jags and rare Lamborghini’s are here as are race machines and more. It was the first time I had stood next to these makes and models.

Hillsborough Concours, Fuel Curve

Hillsborough Concours, Fuel Curve

Many of the awards here are of the perpetual variety making it even more important when you score. The winners name is affixed to the decades old trophies via a small plaque before the awards go back to the Hillsborough Town Hall which is where these amazing sculptures are kept year ‘round. Some of our favorite Perpetual award winning cars included the regal and stately ’34 Bentley of Gordon & Theo Johnson (Best open Pre-WWII car), The ’70 Chevelle SS LS5 of Dan Bishop (Chairman’s Award), and the most spectacular sports car we have ever seen – Robert Ross’ 1966 Lamborghini 400GT which took home the Owner’s Choice and Best in Show awards. It held special significance as all of Robert’s car show peers selected his Italian Stallion as their favorite machine. We’re trying to get you guys a full feature on Ross’ beauty which is being stored in Monterey until it reappears at Pebble Beach later this month.

Hillsborough Concours, Fuel Curve

Hillsborough Concours, Fuel Curve

The car that got the most chuckles crossing the block was the bitchin’, fully stocked and ready-to-go ’72 Cadillac Ambulance belonging to the Bayshore Ambulance station. All that was missing was Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis!

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More award winners can be found here.

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Another vehicle that got thunderous applause was the ultra-rare 1952 Vincent Motorcycle owned and shown by Colorado’s Gene Brown. There were only 17 of these British beauties ever made and this one was showroom condition. Gene and his assistant Robin Hansen were literally the first guys on the lawn getting there just after 6am. Gene was the clear winner of the Motorcycle class which had some other bitchin’ two-wheeled wonders.

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Row after row of Concours’ beauties from dozens of different marques filled the fairway with the fans filing in throughout the day. It was a refreshing take on a car show and the atmosphere, the colorful people, and the generations of fans in attendance made it memorable. Definitely coming back for next year’s 63rd annual Hillborough Concours d’Elegance!

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Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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