Misselwood Concours d’Elegance: About
In 2010, the re-launch of a Concours d’Elegance show on Boston’s historic North Shore area was welcomed with great enthusiasm and excitement. Since then, thousands of people have roamed the Misselwood Estate to explore the magnificent display of antique cars and motorcycles, each significant in their own field. While concours owners consider our spectacular oceanfront setting to be the Pebble Beach of the East Coast, our sloping lawns, hidden corners and manicured landscaping make for one of the most scenic concours shows around.
Concours d'Elegance shows date back to the 17th century, whereby horse-drawn carriages paraded in the parks of Paris. Over time, these carriages were replaced by horse powered automobiles to be judged on their appearance in a "concourse of elegance". At the Misselwood Concours d'Elegance we honor that tradition, as cars and motorcycles compete for various Best in Class awards, and ultimately for the coveted Best of Show Award. In 2014, the top-honors were given to a 1914 Locomobile Model 48 Berline, owned by Pebble Beach and Amelia Island judge Bill Alley. Alley is a former Olympian and a retired mechanical engineer and committed to the preservation and history of the early automobile. For a full list of our 2015 award winners, please click here.
While the awards reflect the true uniqueness of the participating vehicles, I am especially pleased that funds raised by tickets sales of the Misselwood Concours d'Elegance are dedicated directly towards student scholarships, providing current and future students the opportunity to start or successfully finish their educational dreams at Endicott College. Linking classic cars and motorcycles with supporting young adults in their pursuit of a college degree makes the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance truly distinctive. If you are interested in helping us to support this great cause, please contact us for more information.
For those not yet familiar with this region of New England, I urge you to come and discover the history, traditions and rich heritage of the area and to explore everything from scenic route 127, to Beverly, Salem, Gloucester or Cape Ann. The area of our concours was often referred to as the “Gold Coast”, and became a summer destination for wealthy Bostonians and New Yorkers in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Set in this idyllic backdrop, literally at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean we celebrate our 7th anniversary on July 23-24, 2016 and look forward to welcoming you back.