Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance Announces 2009 Show Winners

September 29, 2009

MALVERN, Pa., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ — The Judging Committee of the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance announced the class winners of the 13(th) Annual 100 Motor Cars of Radnor Hunt, including a 1929 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A Limousine by Castagna for Best of Show, and a 1926 Miller Schofield Race Car earning the People’s Choice Award this year. The concours d’elegance showcased the collection of John W. Rich, Pennsylvania Motorsports heritage and vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles. A display of vintage coaches and carriages made a return appearance at this year’s event.

“This year we featured cars from local collector John W. Rich,” said Michael G. Tillson III, chairman, Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, “And the show field also honored Pennsylvania Motorsports heritage and iconic motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson. The 2009 event featured once again a display of vintage horse-drawn coaches and carriages that illustrated the evolution of transportation.”

The concours d’elegance encompassed two days of activities beginning with the always popular Road Rally through the scenic countryside of Chester County on Saturday morning, culminating in a catered lunch. The Saturday evening party, sponsored by Wilkie Lexus and Lexus of Chester Springs, featured music by Brazilian band Minas and a silent auction to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and Vicinity.

Each year, the concours event, an invitation-only show, has a featured marque, a vehicle type or coachbuilder and a motorcycle make. The 2009 event honored local collector John W. Rich with a selection of his vehicles. Included in the selection of cars on display were a 1910 American Underslung Traveler, a 1914 Renault Model EF Victoria by Locke and a 1926 Packard 326 Roadster.

Of particular interest was the 1911 Rauch & Lang TC Brougham, one of the very first electric vehicles and was owned by Thomas Edison before he committed it to display at the Edison Institute. Another unique vehicle from the John Rich collection was a 1911 Oldsmobile Limited 7-Passenger Touring Car in original condition that has spent its entire life in the state of Pennsylvania. The show also featured cars of Pennsylvania Motorsports, including a 1952 Allard J2X Roadster with an extensive racing history. The motorcycle division showcased iconic American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson, one of which was a 1910 Harley-Davidson 9A with a leather drive belt, along with a number of other vintage motorcycles.

1929 Isotta-Fraschini Takes Best of Show Award

This year’s winner of the Best of Show Award was presented to the 1929 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A Limousine owned by Morton Bullock. This Isotta-Fraschini is bodied by Carozzeria Castagna, Italy’s leading coachbuilder of the time.

1926 Miller Schofield Race Car is Voted People’s Choice Award Winner

The 1926 Miller-Schofield “Old Number 7″ Sprint Car raced at fairground dirt tracks throughout northern California from 1949 to 1954 by Louis Vermeil, the father of former Philadelphia Eagles head coach, Dick Vermeil. Louis Vermeil was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa.

1910 Harley-Davidson 9A Chosen as Best Harley-Davidson Veteran Class; 1903-1925

This early Harley-Davidson model, also known as “The Silent Gray Fellow”, was produced from 1904 to 1918, and featured a leather belt drive and jockey wheel. It had a top speed of 45 MPH, and earned a reputation of being durable and reliable.

The concours event, also known as the 100 Motor Cars of Radnor Hunt, took place on the grounds of Radnor Hunt, outside Philadelphia in rural Malvern, Pennsylvania, a beautiful setting for an event of this type. The one hundred vehicles were carefully picked by the car selection committee to ensure that the field best represented the featured marque and vehicle type. The motorcycle committee also selected the entries based on originality and rarity of that model. This year was the return appearance of vintage coaches and carriages as part of the concours d’elegance to illustrate the evolution of both transportation and coachwork. The twelve coaches and carriages, led by Dr. Donald J. Rosato of Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, processed a distance of about seven miles from the grounds of The Devon Horse Show to Radnor Hunt on Sunday morning, and remained on display during the afternoon of the concours.

The honored guest at this year’s event was well-known race driver David Donahue, who also served as Honorary Judge for the concours d’elegance. Proceeds from the event benefit United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Philadelphia and Vicinity, which works to help children and adults with disabilities live as independently as possible, while providing families with the information and tools needed to support loved ones in the community.

The complete list of winners for both the automobile and motorcycle classes is as follows:

    Award                               Year  Automobile
    Best of Show                        1947  Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A
                                               Limousine by Castagna
    Best Sporting Marque Award          1948  Cisitalia 202 MM Spyder Nuvolari
    Timeless Elegance                   1933  Packard 1005 Convertible Coupe
    People's Choice                     1926  Miller Schofield Race Car
    Chairman's Award                    1950  Schroeder Indy Car Ray Brady
    Spirit of Radnor Award -            1956  Mercedes Benz 300 SL Coupe
     Sporting Car
    Spirit of Radnor Award -            1925  Rolls Royce Silver
     Passenger Car                             Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
    DuPont Homsey's Award               1933  Squire Roadster by van den Plas
    Artist's Award                      1954  Packard Caribbean Convertible
    Veteran Award                       1910  Pierce Arrow SS 48 HP 7-
                                               Passenger Touring
    Unrestored Award                    1911  Oldsmobile Limited 7-Passenger
                                               Touring Car
    Debutante Award                     1929  Roosevelt Rumble Seat Coupe
    Historic Race Car Award             1948  Cisitalia 202 MM Spyder Nuvolari
    Closed Sports Car Award             1966  Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
    Open Sports Car Award               1953  Siata 208S Roadster
    Pre-War Sports Car Award            1933  Squire Roadster by van den Plas
    Porsche Award                       1957  Porsche 356A T1 1600S Speedster
    Micro Award                         1959  FIAT Jolly
    American Classic - Post War Award   1960  Chrysler 300F Convertible
    American Classic Pre-War Award      1933  Packard 1005 Convertible Coupe
    Rolls Royce/Bentley Award           1926  Rolls Royce Phantom I Salamanca
                                               by Barker
    European Classic Award              1929  Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A
                                               Limousine by Castagna
    Pennsylvania Motorsports Pre-1960   1952  Allard J2X
    Pennsylvania Motorsports Post-1960  1964  R&S Special Race Car
    John W. Rich Collection             1906  National Model E 7-Passenger

    Award                               Year  Motorcycle
    Harley-Davidson Veteran Class       1910  Harley-Davidson 9A Single
     1903-1925                                 Cylinder
    Best Sidecar Outfit                 1948  Gilera Nettuno Sport with
    Harley-Davidson Vintage Class       1953  Harley-Davidson  ST165 "Hummer"
    Harley-Davidson Classic Class       1982  Harley-Davidson XR-1000
    Harley-Davidson Competition Class   1913  Harley-Davidson Board Track
    International Street Class (non-HD) 1951  Ducati 50 cc Cucciolo "Puppy"
    International Competition Class     1953  BSA Drag Racer
    Best Survivor Class                 1953  Norton Manx 500 cc
    Best of Show                        1913  Dayton V-Twin Deluxe 1000 cc
    Honorary Chairman's Award           1911  Indian V-Twin Board Track Racer
                                               1000 cc

For more information about the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, go to www.radnorconcours.org. For more information about United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia and Vicinity, go to www.ucpphila.org.

About Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance and the Radnor Hunt Foundation

The Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance is an invitation-only event that assembles one hundred of the most interesting and significant automobiles based on a featured automobile marque, vehicle type or coachbuilder and motorcycle marque each year. The Radnor Hunt Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

SOURCE Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance

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