Misselwood Concours d’Elegance: About
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". Nowadays, famous Concours d'Elegance, such as those at Pebble Beach or Amelia Island, honor those same traditions and bring style and excellence in a classic, yet modern format.
In 2009, the idea emerged to re-launch a Concours d’Elegance show on Boston’s historic North Shore, which resulted in the first concours held in over a decade in the area. Drawing crowds and cars from across the United States, the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance set a new standard for a boutique show that stuns people with its oceanfront setting, and was welcomed with great enthusiasm and excitement.
The area, once the summer destination for wealthy Bostonians and New Yorkers such as steel magnate Henry Clay Frick and financier Otto Kahn, was known for their summer “cottages”- many almost as grand in size as those in Newport, Rhode Island. Set in this idyllic backdrop, literally at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the Misselwood Concours d'Elegance revived this piece of history by bringing museum quality automobiles to the Boston area.
Creating a new pedigree of winners, the coveted Ervin "Bud" Lyon III Best of Show Award has been awarded to spectacular automobiles, such as a 1931 Packard 840 Dietrich convertible sedan, a 1932 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton, a 1948 Delahaye 135M Figoni et Falaschi and a 1931 Cadillac 16V 452A Convertible. While these awards reflect the true uniqueness of the participating vehicles, I am especially pleased that funds raised by the Misselwood Concours d'Elegance are dedicated directly towards student scholarships at Endicott College, providing current and future students the opportunity to start or successfully finish their educational dreams. Linking classic cars and motorcycles with supporting young adults in their pursuit of a college degree makes the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance truly distinctive.
The 2013 edition saw the expansion of an added oceanfront concours field, and celebrated the inaugural Tour d'Elegance to complete a full weekend of activities that attracted a record breaking number of attendees. As we are working hard on the fifth Anniversary edition in 2014, we look forward to welcoming you back to help celebrate excellence, style and elegance on Boston's Gold Coast.