17th Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance Art Deco, Rally Cars, Aston
Martin and Norton
17th Annual Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance
Art Deco, Rally Cars, Aston Martin and Norton
By Larry Nutson
Senior Editor, New York Bureau
The Auto Channel
The 100 Motorcars of Radnor Hunt is a nationally recognized Concours
that was first organized in 1997 by Michael G. Tillson, III, a Governor of
the Radnor Hunt and a recognized expert on the subject of classic, sports,
and racing cars.
Michael Tillson and several of the present committee members of the
Concours played major roles in the organization and supervision of the
Fairmount Park Vintage Grand Prix events that were held from 1990 to 1995.
Featuring several hundred vintage sports racing cars, these four-day racing
weekends honored the memory of the famous Fairmount Park races that took
place in Philadelphia’s vast Fairmount Park system during the period
of the First World War. At the time, the Fairmount Park races were the
premier racing events in the United States, comparable in scope and
reputation to the later Vanderbilt Cup races and the Indianapolis races of
the 1920s and 1930s.
The Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance committee
elected to restrict the number of entries to 100 in order to maintain very
high standards and to allow the best possible display of each car. Thus
evolved the concept of “The 100 Motor Cars of Radnor Hunt”.
The gently rolling hills of the Hunt grounds along with the stepped
hillside make for dramatic vehicle displays. The late summer sun, a light
breeze, and occasional soft cloud-cover further enhanced the beauty of the
Radnor Hunt and allowed the multitude of car aficionados and enthusiasts to
absorb the beautiful sheetmetal.
For the seventeenth year, a unique grouping of cars,
carriages and motorcycles was presented. This year’s feature
presentation was Cars of the Art Deco Period, an era known for its
flamboyant style, such as Delage and Delahaye. Also showcased were Aston
Martin in celebration of its 100th anniversary, and Rally Cars including
Triumph, Subaru, Audi and Lancia makes.
The motorcycle field featured Norton, a British
manufacturer known for performance bikes on both street and track. Also
showcased were American Flat Track Racers that include any bike raced in
America. The honored guest Dick Klamfoth is a member of the AMA Motorcycle
Hall of Fame and three-time Daytona 200 champion.
As the only U.S. concours d’elegance to feature
coaches and carriages, this was the sixth year for the event to have an
exhibition of the earliest form of wheeled transportation, this year
featured horse drawn sleighs on display.
The Art Deco Car class included Delage, Delahaye, Steyr,
Isotta Fraschini, LaSalle and other cars that epitomize the design style of
the early 20th Century. The Rally Car class presented Mini Cooper, Lancia,
Alfa Romeo, Saab and Audi just to name a few. Aston Martin celebrated their
100th anniversary in 2013, and a selection of the most significant models
were on display. In the motorcycle field along with the many Nortons, bikes
such as the Manx, Commando, BSA, Triumph, Indian and Atlas were presented.
This car-enthusiast weekend featured a Friday night barbecue,
Saturday Chester County road rally and car club gathering, and a black tie
gala and art show preview. The Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance
benefits the Thorncroft Equestrian Center whose mission is to help build
the physical, emotional and mental well-being of all people, particularly
those with special needs, through establishing an atmosphere of
cooperation, respect and love in an equestrian environment.
© Larry Nutson