Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance
Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance has grown from its humble beginnings to a three-day event that includes a Friday Night Barbecue, the Bill O’Connell Memorial Road Rally, and Black Tie Gala on Saturday evening which all culminate in the main event on Sunday; the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance.
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All attendees will be required to have a General Admission ticket with the exception of the DRIVER for MotorSport Park & Chairman’s Club.
Ticket pricing for the Friday Night Barbecue, Bill O’Connell Memorial Road Rally and the Black Tie Gala remain as stand-alone events, and no physical tickets are issued for these events (a guest list will be utilized). Tickets for Sunday events will also be available at the gate on the day of the Concours, Sunday beginning at 9:30 AM based on availability.
All ticket prices per person except for the Bill O’Connell Memorial Road Rally which includes driver and navigator.
Twenty-Five Years of Distinction
In the early 1990s, a small group of automobile enthusiasts banded together to organize the Philadelphia Vintage Grand Prix which was held in Fairmount Park. The event was well attended, and the roster of vintage competitors was impressive. However, several factors caused the event to end after a few years of operation. That enthusiast group then considered another way to bring these wonderful vintage vehicles together for the public to enjoy. The idea was to create a Concours d’Elegance, inviting only the most interesting and significant automobiles for display and judging on the concours show field.
Michael G. Tillson III was one of those organizers. In 1997, Michael and his fellow enthusiasts decided to bring together classic cars and the world of horses and fox hunting – by staging a benefit Concours d’Elegance at the Radnor Hunt in the rolling country of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Over the years, the event has grown from it’s humble beginnings with a handful of exceptional cars, to a showfield of one hundred entries chosen by the Car Selection Committee. In 2005, vintage motorcycles were added to the show field, making Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance the first nationally ranked event of its type to include motorcycles. The addition of horse drawn coaches and carriages in 2007 made Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance the only concours to feature the earliest forms of wheeled transportation.
Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance has grown from its humble beginnings to a three-day event that starts off with a Friday Night Barbecue, followed Saturday by the Bill O’Connell Memorial Road Rally and Black Tie Gala, culminating in the main event on Sunday; the Concours d’Elegance.
Today, this is an event with show field entries from all over the country, and vehicle nominations that exceed the capacity of the grounds. The Marketplace features vendors of both automotive and lifestyle interests to round out the Sunday activities. Proceeds from the event benefit two local non-profit organizations; Thorncroft Equestrian Center in Malvern, PA and the local Boy Scout troops.
Who We Are
Find out more about the people that have made this event a success year after year, our board members.
History & Results
Check out the history of our event and the results of previous events.
Who We Help
Learn more about the beneficiary of our event, Thorncroft Equestrian Center.
Please support our sponsors that help us make this event a success every year.
Thorncroft Equestrian Center
Who We Are
Michael G. Tillson III
Chairman and Founder
Thomas H. Ross (Tobey)
John P. Lawless
Vice President / Motorcycle Committee Chairman
Dr. Max King
Timothy J. Zupko (Tim)
Brian P. Bowie
Board Member / Secretary
Co-Chair, MotorSport Park
Board Member / Co-Chair, MotorSport Park
Over the Years
The concept of the event was far removed from the typical “car show.” It would be invitational, the cars would be carefully and individually selected and each car would represent an educational and aesthetic experience for guests. There would be a balance between historic, classic, sports and performance racing cars.
Plans included a black-tie dinner party the night before the Concours to benefit a worthy charity, Thorncroft Equestrian Center and the Boy Scouts of America.
Most important it would have its own unique ambience, combining the most relaxed qualities of an English garden party with a celebration of the cars that have written memorable chapters in the history of the motor car. Over the years, motorcycles were added in 2004 and horse drawn coaches and carriages joined the Sunday field in 2008.
The Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance has faithfully held to those standards. Surveying carefully the progress of the Concours, the committee elected to restrict the number of entries in order to maintain very high standards and to allow the best possible display of each car. Thus evolved the concept of Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance. For 2021, Radnor Hunt Concours will honor Bugatti, Chrysler Imperial, and Ferraris (that are not red). The Motorcycle class is Superbikes of the 1970s.
Best Of Show
Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance has been fortunate to display some of the best motor cars in the United States. In its history, Radnor Hunt Concours’ reputation has grown, and major collectors from as far as Florida, California, and Maine have sought to win Best of Show.
Who Supports Us
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Sponsors & Vendors
Are you interested in helping the event? We can always use assistance! We need volunteers for the following activities:
- Event setup and breakdown for Thursday through Sunday
- Friday Night Barbecue greeters
- Saturday morning rally registration, dispatching cars, checkpoint staff, gathering score sheets at the conclusion, Cars and Coffee event organization and rally scoring/tabulation
- Sunday car registration, parking, security, car placement, MotorSport Park registration and parking
- Assisting in the new car tent and The Marketplace, judging sheet scoring runners, etc.
Sunday shifts are organized to ensure that there is plenty of time to enjoy the show.
If you would like to volunteer please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to our volunteer list.