A magnificent 1930 Bentley Speed Six owned by William Medcalf of Vintage Bentley took home the coveted ‘Best of Show’ trophy on a cloudy and blustery day (with gusts up to 30 mph) closing out the 2022 Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week.
This matching-numbers Speed Six Bentley was supplied new to Viscount Mandeville, the 10th Duke of Manchester. Termed a Folkestone close-coupled saloon by the British coachbuilder Martin Walter, it was the second of only two built. The owner’s father bought the car in 1982, and over the last 40 years it has crossed the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Europe. Some years ago, the original coachwork became available following a three-year restoration. The owner reunited the original body to the chassis, returning this car back to the original—standard and correct in every detail.
“I am proud of everyone involved with this year’s event and thrilled we were able to give car people the opportunity to get together, share their stories and create new memories,” said Audrain CEO Donald Osborne. “We were thrilled to share Newport [R.I.] with everyone in attendance, and I am sure they came away with a newfound love for our island and the hospitality they received.
“Our team will continue to look for ways to elevate the experience for future Motor Weeks and establish our place in the global concours world,” Osborne continued.
With 65 judges from five countries and 180 cars from across the USA and Europe, the Concours was held at The Breakers mansion, the most famous of the ‘Newport Cottages’ and former home of the Vanderbilt family, prominent Newport socialites. William “Willie K.” Vanderbilt II (1878-1944) was one of the greatest car enthusiasts and yachtsmen of the early 20th century.
In addition to the Best In Show Bentley, a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 Dubos Coupe from the Nethercutt Collection in California captured the Concours’ prestigious ‘People’s Choice award.
Class winners included:
* 30 Under 30 American – 1968 Chevrolet Corvette convertible owned by Zachary Klopack
* 30 Under 30 BMW – 1976 BMW 2002 coupe owned by Bradley Trepanier
* 30 Under 30 Foreign – 1974 Datsun 260Z owned by Colin Ivan
* American 1920 to 1932 – 1932 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton owned by Allen Shay and Kirsten Hansen
* American 1933 to 1940 – 1938 Packard 1604 by Mayfair owned by The Marano Collection
* American Luxury 1945 to 1980 – 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II Coupe owned by John and Jim Keesee
* American Sports Cars 1945 to 1980 – 1965 Ford Mustang convertible owned by Karen & Bruce Weiss
* Aston Martin – 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans Roadster owned by Mitch & Wendy Gross
* British Sports Cars 1945 to 1980 – 1966 Ford GT40 Mk I owned by Janus Associates
* Cadillac – Standard of the World – 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham owned by John Boccardo & Derek Esplin
* Custom Cars pre-1975 – 1938 Lincoln Zephur owned by David Jolly
* Early Brass Era – 1908 Rochet-Schneider owned by Marilyn Schuster
* Elegance & Speed – 1967 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada owned by Doug Cohen
* European Luxury 1920 to 1935 – 1930 Bentley Speed Six Saloon owned by William Medcaf/Vintage Bentley
* European Luxury 1935 to 1940 – 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Sports Tourer owned by Rob Kauffman/RK Motors
* European Luxury 1945 to 1970 – 1948 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet owned by Mark O’Neill
* European Sports 1920 to 1940 – 1931 Bentley 4 ½ Litre Superchard Vanden Plas Tourer owned by Peter Goodwin/Time to Drive Holdings, LLC
* European Sports 1945 to 1980 – 1980 BMW M1 Coupe owned by Neal Heffron
* Ferrari – 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Low Roof Coupe owned by Brad and & Buzz Calkins
* Jaguar – 1935 SS Cars Limited SS1 Airline Saloon owned by Jim & Lisa Hendrix
* Motorcycle – 1977 MV Agusta 750 S America owned by John Lawless
Among the other special awards given were:
* The ‘Most Elegant’ award to Lawrence Auriana for his 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
* The ‘Hagerty Youth Judges’ award went to the 1912 Mercer 35C Raceabout from the Heritage Museums and Gardens
* The ‘Timeless Luxury’ award was presented to Stephen and Susan Babinsky for their 1930 Duesenberg Model J Beverly Sedan
* The ‘Chairman’s Award’ went to the 1930 Bentley Speed Six Gurney Nutting Coupe of Bruce McCaw.
* The ‘Design Award’ was presented to Michael Schudroff for his 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Rondine Coupe.
* The ‘Sporting Choice’ prize was awarded to The Cultivated Collector for their 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Spyder
* The ‘Founder’s Award’ in 2022 went to Brian and Kimberly Ross for their 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Berlinetta by Touring.
* Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost – 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London to Edinburgh Tourer owned by Ann Brockinton Lee/The Robert M. Lee Collection
The 2023 Audrain’s Newport Concours d’Elegance will be held on Sunday, Oct. 1 as a feature of next year’s Motor Week which begins on Sept. 28.
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