Hello fellow Stone Bridge Drivers,
Below is a report from the Chair of the Corning Concours d’Elegance:
Nine awards were given out for the 2021 Corning Concours d’Elegance event. Four Honorable mentions, People's Choice, the Historical Award (selected by the International Motor Racing Research Center IMRRC). Judge's Choice, Best in Class and Best of Show.
Honorable Mention- Jackie and Bruce Smith's 1963 Porsche 356 coupe which they have owned for 10 years. The car is a 10th year anniversary of the 356.
Honorable Mention- Judy and Elliot Reitz's 1929 Ford-Miller Indy-type race car. They have been in 7 Great Race events and drove this open car from Ottawa to Mexico City 7,000 miles.
Honorable Mention- Adelle and James Facinelli's 1989 Bentley Turbo R with only 40,000 miles on it this 5,300 lb. car recently took 1st place in the AACA Senior category.
Honorable Mention- George Wallace's 1954 Packard Cavalier originally sold new to a Princess of Greece in Paris who sold it to a US military man in 1964 who brought to America and sold it 50 years later to George. It will appear at Jay Leno's Audrain Concours in Newport, RI. this year.
People's Choice- Jonie and Ken Kumiega's 1960's Custom Convertible Concept car. The “sheet metal” is actually an epoxy composite material used on this “one of a kind” car. The designer and builder is no other than Ken himself.
Historical Award- selected by the IMRRC is Mike West's 1910 Mitchell Indy car. Having been restored by Mike the last 6 years this is the first time the car has been shown. Watkins Glen Concours runs in Mike's family. His dad showed a 1902 Crestmobile at Watkins Glen in 1958.
Judge's Choice- Cameron Dunlap's 1959 Alfa-Romeo Guilietta Spyder is the upgrade version of the Alfa-Romeo's Veloce sporting a 1600cc block with dual Webers and a 5 speed stick. Cam frequently does laps at the track with this excellent 2015 restored matching numbers Alfa, which by the way is the festival's honored marque this year.
Best in Class- Chad Comeau's 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster. This stunning 2014 restoration is the last of the pre-A body style, authenticated matching numbers and one of eight factory speedsters with the blue paint and red interior. Max Hoffman importer of cars in Manhattan introduced the Porsche Speedster to America at Watkins Glen in 1954.
Best of Show- Todd Reder's 1960 Chevrolet Corvette roadster with the factory optional removable hard top and factory optional dual quad carburetors producing 245hp in the 283ci block. This “Vette” has other awards including AACA's 1st Place Junior in Parsippany, NJ, 1st Place Senior in Hershey, PA, and 1st Place Grand National at Gettysburg PA 2020. Maybe more impressive than all of that, Todd did everything (except the paint spray) on this impeccable restoration over a 10 year period just finished 2 years ago.