Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut looked more green and under bright sunshine felt considerably warmer to less than a year ago when the 2021 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance took place. How the organizers curated and assembled around 300 concours quality vehicles between two events separated by 8 months is a feat. There were some really stunning cars on show last October and similarly the quality didn’t dip for this traditional June date. Listed here are all of the 2022 category winners.
A feature of the 2022 edition were 15 Vignale-Bodied Cars including 6 Ferraris spanning 1950-’53. The Ferraris in particular are master class studies in form development and surface refinement. From the beautifully balanced proportions to the carefully considered details, each of these cars are a near perfect definition of functional sculpture.
It’s usually only concours events where you’ll see brass era cars outside of their typical museum environments. So it was a special opportunity to get up close and examine a few from the turn of the twentieth century. The 1909 Stanley R was one of the standouts. Sporting a red roadster body and bright yellow wheels, the four seater is powered by a 2-cylinder steam engine. It lacks the typical large front radiator and instead features a smooth wrap around bonnet.
There was plenty of eye candy in the super/hyper car lineup. A McLaren Speedtail, Glickenhaus, and a Maserati MC12 among others. Any one of these is a rarity to see. But going another level up was the Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro. The camouflaging shade it was parked under did little to reduce the draw and stares from attendees. It was the first time I had seen one in person and it’s hard to believe it is a real functioning car. Racecars are supposed to be purposefully designed and not ‘styled’, but the Valkyrie AMR Pro has some silky surfacing and details. The height of the car is also incredibly low, really only noticeable when comparing it to the other already compressed supercars around it.
Calendar shuffling aside, it was great to have two editions of the Greenwich Concours this close together. Personally, I preferred the fall date as the sun was a lower in the sky and resulted in more interesting lighting conditions for photography. If I had to offer some critique on the show, the layout of the cars is not great. Roger Sherman Baldwin Park isn’t huge and in addition to the cars, vendor and hospitality tents are packed into the confines of the park. The vehicle categories tend to be arranged in rows with the spacing pretty tight. So there’s not much opportunity to see side views and cars tend to reflect into each other. So many people take photos, I wish there was more care taken to improve the layout for photography.
Text: Dave Pinter
Photos: Hee Jin Kim and Dave Pinter