The most beautiful cars in the world on display at the Concours Audrain Newport 2022

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You don’t have to be an “auto guy” to appreciate the many unique automobiles that will congregate for the 2022 Audrain Newport Auto Show and Car Week from September 29th to October 2nd.

Events range from exclusive lawn parties that will attract vintage cars from owners across the country to seminars that reflect on the art and design of cars, and their future.

Last fall, I attended the Concours d’Elegance on the lawn of The Breakers mansion. It celebrated the automobile in such a grand way that it made me want more.

A concours is an exhibition of prestigious, vintage, and special interest automobiles that are judged in a variety of classes for awards.

Audrain is a newcomer to the circuit which includes Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Greenwich. This is the third year for the event, which launched in 2019 and was held last year after missing 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Concours takes place on the lawn of The Breakers, the Gilded Age Vanderbilt mansion. There will be 100 cars from different decades in many classes, competing for prizes including the Best of Show trophy.

Each car has a person or two camped in a nearby chair ready to answer questions about engines, restoration, or other details. Sometimes they’re the owners, and that’s good because they’re all ready to share their stories. You’ll hear passionate stories of how they found the car and set about restoring it.

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The scene at The Breakers for the Newport Concours is cars, crowds and camping by owners.

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A 1937 Delahaye 135 M Competition Roadster was one of only two built with bodywork by A. Guillore. She was discovered in Paris in 1973 and her restoration was completed in 2016. She won first place in the Luxury Meets Sport category.

Among the stunners I saw last year was the 1952 Ferrari 342 America Vignale Cabriolet. This unique Vignale-bodied 342 America was originally built for a friend of Enzo Ferrari. The restoration was completed in 2020 and it has been shown at Pebble Beach and other competitions since.

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The Chairman's Award 2021 was awarded to this 1951 Delahaye Model 235 Cabriolet.

There were a number of superb cars from Delahaye, a French car manufacturer that ceased production in the 1950s. These cars are works of automotive art. They speak of another era of design, long gone.

More than one had custom bodies and interiors produced by Saoutchik. This French coachbuilding firm was known for its extravagant automobile designs for luxury brands, including Delahaye and Bugatti.

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This 1937 Delahaye 135 M Competition Roadster won first place in the Luxury Meets Sport category at last year's Concours Audrain Newport.  It was Delahaye's sportiest chassis at the time.

American cars also caused a stir last year. It was a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that won the people’s choice.

A 1959 Rambler Rebel won second place in one of the history classes. This car was the only mid-size American car available at the time.

A 1959 Rambler Rebel won a second place last year in the Concours.

Comedian and Newport resident Jay Leno, as honorary chairman of last year’s Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week, was among the crowd admiring the cars. Audrain Group CEO Donald Osborne also mingled with other car fans.

General admission to the Concours does not come cheap. Tickets are $150 for on-court access from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. VIP admission includes coffee at the Concours from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and access to the VIP tent, with food and drinks served all day.

Looking for a bargain? That would be a $60 ticket for the two-hour cafe at Courcours only. Guests enjoy light refreshments and the sunrise as competing cars take to the field.

Donald Osborne is CEO of the Audrain group.

Other automotive events lead to the Concours

In the days leading up to the Pageant, there are other events, including The Gathering, a lawn party at Rough Point, the former home of heiress Doris Duke. Motorsport enthusiasts will have access to rare collections of fine automobiles and will be served food with champagne and specialty cocktails.

Full-day ticket holders have access to the grounds starting at 11 a.m. ($300) while half-day ticket holders ($180) have access starting at 2 p.m. The event runs until 5 p.m.

The 1952 Ferrari 342 America Vignale Cabriolet won a special design prize last year at the Concours d'Elegance.

There are also many interesting seminars that reflect on art and design and explore the role of forensics in historic vehicles. And there’s the annual gala at Audrain’s automobile museum.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame Concours Village is free and open to the public Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It offers concessions from local restaurants, vendors, and a family zone.

Three free events on Saturday, October 1

Three events will be free and open to the public on Saturday, October 1.

Cars & Coffee is 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Fort Adams State Park. It was the busiest event of all of Motor Week last year, with 1,000 cars and almost 5,000 people attending.

The Audrain Tour d’Elégance is the meeting place for all the cars taking part in the Concours. It starts at 6:30 am at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett and runs through downtown Jamestown with a stop at Beavertail State Park. The tour will continue through Aquidneck Island before stopping for coffee and photos at Fort Adams State Park in Newport. It continues along Ocean Drive.

The Bellevue Car Show is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All competition cars will be parked together on the closed street for the public to view.

Visit audrainconcours.com/2022-week-at-a-glance# for a list of all events. This is also the place to buy tickets.

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