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Sunday in the Park

In the presence of Sir Sterling Moss!

In the presence of Sir Sterling Moss!

Early Sunday morning I loaded up my 1937 BMW R5 and R6 and headed off to Lime Rock for the annual Sunday in the Park Concours D’ Elegance. It was a fun and relaxing day of vintage cars and motorcycles.There was a wide range of classic vehicles parked along the entire loop of the venerable Connecticut race track.You could stroll from the starting line to the finish line and enjoy everything from Miata’s to vintage Mercedes 300 SL’s.

At the top of my list was a stunning unrestored and very original Horch. The car was allegedly brought back from Germany in 1951 by a U.S. military serviceman. It then ended up in a barn for 50 years. When discovered a few years ago they found an old rusty handgun under the back seat with a Nazi swastika engraved on its barrel. Likely the car was expropriated from its legitimate owner by some Nazi official (as was the case with many of the best cars in Germany during Hitler’s rule, including my Grandfather’s 1928 Mercedes).The interior of the car appeared totally original with torn leather and a tattered cloth top. The big beautiful car radiated a faded patina from a bygone era.

Another car that really moved me was a perfectly restored Tatra. This car was built in Czechoslovakia and has a rear-mounted eight cylinder air-cooled motor. It has been said that Professor Porsche may have lifted this design concept and used it as a basis for the air-cooled beetle.

The highlight and surprise of the day was that my 1937 BMW R6 won the motorcycle class. There was some pretty stiff competition, including several racing bikes with serious pedigrees. It was quite a thrill driving the 78-year-old machine over the Lime Rock finish line to be presented a big trophy by the legendary race car driver Sir Sterling Moss. Perhaps this award is further indication that interest in these magnificent pre-war BMW’s is starting to gather some momentum. It is certainly further evidence of the spectacular job John Pavone did in restoring this masterpiece.

Spectacular professional photos from the day can be viewed here. My iPhone photos are below:

Arriving at the show field, or rather, the race track!

Arriving at the show field, or rather, the race track!

A beautiful unrestored Horch

A beautiful unrestored Horch

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This Horch was my favorite car at the show

This Horch was my favorite car at the show

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Steve McQueen's 8,000 mile Mercedes 6.9

Steve McQueen’s 8,000 mile Mercedes 6.9

A beautiful Tatra owned by Barney Hallingby

A beautiful Tatra owned by Barney Hallingby

The 8 cylinder air-cooled Tatra

The 8 cylinder air-cooled Tatra

Porsche tractor

Porsche tractor

BMW Batmobile

BMW Batmobile

Chrysler Limo

Chrysler Limo

Miata corral

Miata corral

There were at least a half a dozen 300 SL's

There were at least a half a dozen 300 SL’s

A serious fixer upper 911 soft window Targa

A serious fixer upper 911 soft window Targa

Parts vendors are always fun....

Parts vendors are always fun….

Transmissions galore

Transmissions galore

A pair of nice but well used E30 M3's

A pair of nice but well used E30 M3’s

A well equipped mobile racing shop

A well equipped mobile racing shop

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We ended up with a blue ribbon presented by Sir Sterling Moss

We ended up with a blue ribbon presented by Sir Sterling Moss

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Class Winners, 2015 Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance at Historic Festival 33:

Group A, Our Distinguished Seniors

Class A1, “And So We Begin,” special class for the machines that started it all, pre-1915
1911 Packard 30 7-Passenger Touring, Michael DeAngelis, Stamford, Conn.

Class A2, “The World’s First Wheels,” basic transportation 1915 to 1939, open and closed cars
1932 Plymouth PB Sport Roadster, Kevin Biebel , Stamford, Conn.

Class A3, “Gatsby’s Delights pres. by Castle Cadillacs,” luxury and speed; coachbuilt and special cars from an elegant era, pre-WWII
1938 Lincoln Model K LeBaron Convertible , John Winslett & Sheri St. Germain, Bristol, R.I.

Group B, Practical Machines for Practical Purposes

Class B1, “Off to Work,” post-War transportation machinery; those workhorses we depended on daily
1941 Tatra T87 Diplomat, Barney Hallingby, Sharon, Conn.

Class B2, “Carry Your Weight,” trucks and commercial vehicles up to 1975; machines that earn their keep
1975 Land Rover Series III 3-door truck, Thomas & Kristin Zarrella, Gloucester, Mass.

Group C, Sports and Performance Machines on Display and on Track

Class C1, “Risky and Racy,” racing, competitive specials and speed-record machines
1965 Alfa Romeo GTA, Jon Goodman, Philadelphia, Pa.

Class C2, “The Rallyist’s Revenge,” rallying function in a variety of forms
1985 Audi Quattro, Ed Torres, Norwalk, Conn.

Class C3, “Speed and Agility,” early sports cars to 1954
1952 MG TD Roadster, Hal Kramer, Pittsfield, Mass.

Class C4, “Dashing Between the Drops,” mid-sports car era roadsters, 1955 to 1961
1960 MGA, Phil Brown, Bloomfield, Conn.

Class C5, “Racers are Rewarded,” race on Saturday, show on Sunday (Saturday’s winners on exhibit)
1959 Volvo PV-544, Ronald Polimeni, Capon Bridge, W.Va.

Class C6, “Shiny Side Up,” Sports cars, 1962 to 1967
1962 Austin-Healey 3000 MK II, Donald E. Schneider, Lititz, Pa.

Class C7, “For the Fun of the Drive,” sports cars, 1968 to 1975
1970 Lotus Elan S4 SE/Sprint, David Porter, Darien, Conn.

Class C8, “Speed, Sport and Spirit,” sports cars, 1976 to 1990
1983 Lancia Beta Zagato, Jane & Jerome Roth, W. Cornwall, Conn.

Group D, Grand Touring Greatness

Class D1, “Style, Comfort and Pace,” GT cars, 1955 to 1961
1961 Porsche 356B T5, Mark Reich, North Andover, Mass.

Class D2, “A Businessman’s Express,” GT cars, 1962 to 1967
1964 Chevrolet Corvette, Mike Lombardi, Watertown, Conn.

Class D3, “Speed Breeds Success,” GT cars, 1968 to 1975
1968 Lamborghini Miura, Michael Schwartz, Sharon, Conn.

Class D4, “Outrunning the Wind,” open-air GT-caliber cars, 1955 to 1980
1962 Austin-Healey 3000 BN7 MKII, Roger Hamblin, Sandwich, N.H.

Class D5, “Simply Exceptional,” super cars and special road cars, 1975 to present
1979 Porsche 930, Bud Szurek, Hebron, Conn.

Group E, Comfort, Style and More – Luxury Transport in a Post-War World

Class E1, “Comfort and Class and Wind in the Hair,” open-air motoring elegance, 1945 to 1985
1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, John E. Haverty, Pleasant Valley, N.Y.

Class E2, “In the Lap of Luxury,” exceptional luxury in coupe and sedan form, 1945 to 1959
1958 Cadillac Eldorado Seville, Frank Nicodemus, Jr., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Class E3, “Life at the Top in Style and Comfort,” luxurious transportation coupes and salons, 1960 to 1985
1977 Jaguar XK6-C Coupe, Richard Sementilli, New York, N.Y.

Group S, Our Special Feature Classes

Class S1, “Mercedes-Benz: The Legacy of Excellence,” stars of the three-pointed star: track machines
1939 Mercedes-Benz W154 “Silver Arrow,” The Revs Institute, Naples, Fla.

Class S2, “Mercedes-Benz: Practical Excellence on the Road,” stars of the three-pointed star: road machines
1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Roadster, Old Timer Restoration/Off Bros., Harvard, Mass.

Assorted Groups, Special Interest

Class F1, “Just as we Found it,” untouched originals to 1975
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, Ann M. Fagan, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

Class F2, “A Fresh Approach,” creative machines and “Euro rods” that fall between classing cracks, all years
1976 BMW 3.5 CSL Tribute Car, Joseph Rodriguez, Mahwah, N.J.

Class F3, “Hot Rod,” our tribute to garage-built American greatness, all years
1956 Chevrolet Suburban, Shaun Nettleton, Washington, Conn.

Class F4, “Mercedes in Motion,” Mercedes-enthusiast passion through the years, all years
1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 D, Jeri & Mary Ann Barrett, Easton, Conn.

Class F5, “Up on Two Wheels,” the lighter side of getting going; legendary motorcycles through 1995
1937 BMW R6, Philip Richter, Ridgefield, Conn.

Class F6, “Domestic Dynamite,” reflections of a golden age of American Muscle, 1955 to 1980
1967 Pontiac GTO, Thomas & Kristin Zarrella, Gloucester, Mass.

Class F7, “Arnolts Abound!” A reunion of Arnolt-Bristols
1957 Arnolt-Bristol Deluxe Roadster, Michael Arnolt, Indianapolis, Ind.

Jochen’s Selection
1966 Jaguar XKE OTS, Thomas V.G. Brown, Norwalk, Conn.

Stirling’s Selection
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR “722,” Mercedes Classic, Stuttgart, Ger.

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