The Inaugural Palm Beach Concours

A diverse collection displayed on Worth Avenue

by | Dec 19, 2019 | On Show

Photo Credit: Maximilian Trullenque

The Inaugural Palm Beach Concours

A diverse collection displayed on Worth Avenue

by | Dec 19, 2019 | On Show

Photo Credit: Maximilian Trullenque

The Inaugural Palm Beach Concours filled the streets of Worth Avenue with a display of rare classics from American muscle cars to modern Italian exotics. It was one of the finest and most diverse collections of automobiles Worth Avenue has ever seen. 

The area is known as one of the most iconic streets in America, with a history dating back to the early 1900s. For decades, Worth Avenue has been known for its high-end shops and restaurants that have grown to cover three blocks spanning towards the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. 

The Concours of Palm Beach took place on the 100 block and expanded to the 300 block of Worth Avenue, with the red-carpet across the strip. Attendees were honored by special guests like Wayne Carinii, from the popular show “Chasing Classic Cars”, and Sportscar legend, Derek Bell. Bell was reunited once again with the Löwenbräu-liveried Porsche 962 he shared with Al Holbert of Holbert Racing. The vehicle was placed near the Christmas tree, a great spot for Bell to meet with fans as they stopped by.

Derek Bell and Sidney Vallon with the Löwenbräu-liveried Porsche 962

The streets were filled with a diverse group from around the world. The event drew a large number of younger car enthusiasts, thanks to its free admission. Guests came to see the 130 cars on display at the concours. The occasion saw rare models, such as a 1967 Lamborghini 350 GT — one of 143 made — on exhibit in front of the Collier Car Club table.  

Before the road was closed, a caravan of hundreds of classics cruised down the street  to give the crowds full view of the cars participating in the concours. The roads of Palm Beach were filled with classics as far as the eye could see. The DeLorean and Fiat 600 Jolly were among some of the standouts.

Fiat 600 Jolly

It was a beautiful morning packed with hundreds of significant cars loaded with rich history. The vehicles were accompanied by the incredible owners that preserve them to tell their stories for future generations to enjoy. 

One noteworthy classic was the 1934 Rolls Royce 20/25 Park Ward that won the best Pre-War European award. Designed as an owner-driven car, this model carried Rolls-Royce through economic difficulties of the Great Depression. The owner tells us that he and his wife are the ninth owners of the automobile and believe that their particular car is “the only one in existence in its configuration to be registered out of 40.” He told us that once he registered the car, calls began to come in from around the world from enthusiastic admirers. The owner said that the car still bears the original two-tone paint and continues to run, driving just as it did back in 1934.

1934 Rolls Royce 20/25 Park Ward best Pre-War European award

Soon after, we had the chance to chat with the owner of the last remaining 1962 Tangier Shrine Patrol Corvette that won the People’s Choice award. The owner was so thrilled to tell the story of this car that he acquired from the National Corvette Museum. He tells us that the Corvette started its life as part of a group of “lawyers, bankers, and businessmen who felt their demonstrations of precise driving would help the case of traffic safety.” He told us how the car was maintained to keep its original factory paint, thanks to the care and preservation of the National Corvette Museum. This particular Corvette was equipped with a three-speed transmission, no radio, no power brakes or power steering, just pure driving experience.

1962 Chevrolet Corvette last remaining Tangier Shrine Patrol Car won the People’s Choice award

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The concours estimated that 500 spectators would attend the event, but it grew to 2,000 observers. An unexpectedly large crowd came to catch a glimpse of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces that filled Worth Avenue. It was astonishing to see such a large-scale event planned and executed within less than three months. Organizers brought car collectors from around the world with such a diverse selection of automobiles, from a best-in-show 1925 Rolls Rolls-Royce Piccadilly to the 1935 Auburn 851 SC Speedster that won best of USA, to the 1959 Cadillac Deville that won the Palm Beach Concours award — a favorite at any event with the classic Cadillac tail fins. 

1959 Cadillac Deville and owner, winner of Palm Beach Concours Award

We came across a SCG 003 and spoke with one of their technicians, who told us that their cars are “designed and built to be the ultimate race car for the road.” They further explained how the example they brought to show had already been raced on the Nürburgring before making its way to Florida. The design on the Glickenhaus SCG 003S can be seen from afar with its aerodynamic body. Its lines are an incredible sight for all. The design sets itself apart from other hypercars, like the McLaren Senna and LaFerrari.  

Interior of Interior of 2016 Glickenhaus SCG 003 with Mr. Glickenhaus

The afternoon ended with the award ceremony. Handcrafted awards were created by Goldvart and handed out by Courtney Quinn, Derek Bell, Wayne Carinii and Sidney Vallon. The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing won best European, while a 1959 Aston Martin DB4 won the Wayne Carini Award, and a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB won the Derek Bell Award. The owner of the event, Sidney Vallon, hopes he can make this an annual affair at Palm Beach and Worth Avenue.  Vallon admitted he wanted his event on Worth Avenue because it’s the same street where he worked as a valet at an upscale Italian restaurant while attending Palm Beach Atlantic University. He said, “coming back to Worth Avenue was a dream come true!”

 

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