Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pacifica and Coastside Entries at Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance

Pacifica and Half Moon Bay classic and collectible car enthusiasts have entered four vintage automobiles in the 57th Annual Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance, which runs 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Burlingame’s Crystal Springs Golf Course.

Kathy Castor and Dave Stewart of Pacifica will show a 1954 Messerschmitt KR175, one of motoring’s rare postwar mini-cars.

Tony J. Blevins of Half Moon Bay has entered his 1969 Morris Mini Cooper S. He is joined Charles Kissick, also of Half Moon Bay, who is exhibiting his rare 1950 VW Type 1 (Beetle) and Ben and Bob LaMar, also of Half Moon Bay, who are showcasing this 1951 Riley RMD.

Featured marque, at this, the longest continuously-running Concours d’Elegance in the world, is the fabled British sports and performance line Aston Martin, now celebrating its 100th year. Among stately and fast Aston Martins on view is a silver DB5 coupe, identical the model used in the James Bond film, “Goldfinger.”

Hillsborough will honor the 60th anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette with an evolutionary panorama of landmark Corvettes from a rare 1953 model to the company’s very fast 480-hp 2014 Stingray LT.

Among elegance classic gracing the greens at Crystal Springs is a 1935 Duesenberg SJ, only one of three built and equipped with the company’s then-optional 320 hp engine.

Two rare 1954 OSCA road racing sports cars help round out a display of competition cars. Both cars are vigorously campaigned in world vintage racing by owners Phil White of Atherton and John Grosseto of Auburn.

Other features include a gathering of Porsche 911s, marking the sports car’s 50th anniversary, vintage Brit motorcycles, a seminar of the timeless design features of both Aston Martin and Duesenberg by Academy of Art Design executive Tom Matano, and a roundup of Fabulous Fifty-Sevens, those big-finned domestics that would’ve been seen in auto showrooms in October, 1956, first year of the Hillsborough event.

Admission is $30 adults (kids 13 and under are free) and this is a special $75 patron’s ticket offering preferred parking, access to the VIP tent, food and beverage service.

Beneficiaries of the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance are Autism Speaks, the 49ers Foundation and the Hillsborough Schools Foundation.

For information, www.hillsboroughconcours.org.


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