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.

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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

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Who We Help

Learn more about the beneficiary of our event, Thorncroft Equestrian Center.

Sponsors

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Our Beneficiary

Thorncroft Equestrian Center

Thorncroft Equestrian Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Malvern, PA, whose mission is to develop the physical and emotional well-being of all people regardless of their individual challenges. Thorncroft is committed to personal growth and education in an equestrian environment of respect, love, and inclusion.

Board Members

Who We Are

Michael G. Tillson III
Chairman and Founder

The career of Michael Tillson’s grandfather spanned two eras – although he was deeply involved in horse transportation, he also entered the automobile business. In the next generation, Michael’s father extended the family’s involvement in the world of cars. Michael G. Tillson III, today one of the most highly regarded authorities in the country on classic and sports cars as well as a lover of fine horses, began his career ferrying cars from one of his father’s facilities to another – at the age of 12. The world of very special and exotic cars opened when Michael became associated with the Derham Body Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania – a firm that had crafted the finest custom bodies for chassis supplied by manufacturers such as Packard, Cadillac and Duesenberg. During Mike’s tenure, Derham was still hand-crafting custom work for clients on Philadelphia’s famed Main Line as well as armor-plating limousines for diplomats and dictators. For Michael Tillson, it was then on to the position of service manager for the legendary Ferrari dealer, Algar of Rosemont. Tillson’s encyclopedic knowledge of Ferraris and Alfa Romeos owes much to this experience. By now, he had entered another phase of the automotive scene – he had become a serious and respected sports car racer, appearing regularly on the SCCA and IMSA tracks. He burned rubber at Daytona, Sebring, and Lime Rock as well as courses in Mexico and Canada. Among his treasured memories of this period are the races where he was co-driver with such legends of the track as Innes Ireland, Al Holbert, and Bruce Jennings. In 1997, Michael decided to bring together two of his great loves – 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. In a way, this is a happy synthesis of the two passions that have characterized three generations of the Tillson family – Michael is a governor of the Hunt and an avid horseman. Since then, the Concours has continued to grow and is now a recognized prestige event that showcases the most elegant Packard, Cadillac, Du Pont, Bentley, Duesenberg, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes Benz automobiles from around the nation. The sporting marques that have graced the show field include Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Porsche. His hard work and dedication have produced an event that brings great pleasure to many classic car enthusiasts and has resulted in significant gifts to various charities and, for the past several years, has focused on Thorncroft Equestrian Center and the local troops of the Boy Scouts.

Thomas H. Ross (Tobey)

President | Car Selection Committee Chairman

About

International Engineering executive with 40 years of involvement in all forms of automobile racing, collecting and restoration specializing in vintage Porsche cars. He was formerly Secretary of the Fairmount Park Vintage Grand Prix and has been associated with the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance since the first show in 1997. Tobey serves as President, Chairman of the Car Selection Committee, and liaison to the Vintage Sports Car Club of America.

Philip Tegtmeier

Judging Chairman Emeritus

About

European exotic car specialist and car show judge. Began his automotive career with the Derham Coach Company of Rosemont, Pennsylvania which became ALGAR, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo dealer. Later joined Kirk F. White organization and was involved with sports cars raced by Roger Penske. Handled such exotics as Ferrari 250 GTOs and many one-off Ferraris. Since 1982 nationally recognized classics and vintage car consultant and concours judge. Phil has been the Judging chairman since the first event, and has now taken the role of Judging Chairman Emeritus.

John P. Lawless

Vice President /  Motorcycle Committee Chairman 

About

John P. Lawless serves as Vice President of the Radnor Hunt Concours and has been the Motorcycle Committee Chairman of the Radnor Hunt Concours d’ Elegance since 2007. His infatuation with motorcycles and old cars began as a child, a hobby passed down from his father and brother. For more than 30 years, he has been actively involved with racing, restoring and collecting classic motorcycles. John was the creator of the Chadds Ford Classic Motorcycle Auction and has authored many articles for motorcycle magazines. He also curated an annual motorcycle exhibit at the Simeone Foundation Museum for nearly a decade in addition to judging at other Concours events. John also has a passion for classic Italian, French and English automobiles. 

Dr. Max King

Finance Committee Chair | Concours Treasurer

About

Max restored his first antique car at the age of 16 and has done dozens over the years. His automotive passion is in the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg family, Mercedes-Benz, and British cars, especially sports cars. He is a member of STAR, the Sunbeam Talbot Alpine Register. He is an AACA Senior Master Judge and a Chief Class Judge at Radnor Hunt. He serves as Chair of the Finance Committee, as well as being the Concours Treasurer. Max is retired Associate Vice Provost for Health and Academic Services, University of Pennsylvania.

Joanne Piraino-Simmons

Board Member

About

Joanne is a seasoned veteran of the promotional items industry who has managed the selection and production of the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance items for sale in the Concours Shop, such as the shirts, hats, neckties, and other concours branded merchandise. She is now the lead manager of the Shoppes d’Elegance vendor tent. She also oversees the production of trophies for the road rally and the concours classes. Joanne started as a volunteer in 2010 and now holds the position as Vice President on our board.

Jane Altmann

Board Member

About

Jane is a life-long auto aficionado and was active in SCCA, SVRA, and HSR with her late husband Eric. She has served as a Radnor Hunt Concours Judge since 2004 and is an enthusiastic owner of Italian cars, including Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. She volunteers her time for many charitable organizations and has been employed for many years as a banker for BB&T. Jane is responsible for our Charity Auction. When not working or volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her faithful companion, Ruger the German Shepard.

Timothy J. Zupko (Tim)

Volunteers Committee Chair

About

Tim is not only a classic car enthusiast, but an active participant in the community and has competed in the Saturday Chester County Road Rally for numerous years. Already a longtime volunteer for the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, who better to chair the Volunteers Committee than he? Tim was elected chairman of the Volunteers Committee in 2014 and assists with coordinating the staffing needs of the Logistics Committee as well as the other committees to help the show run smoothly.

Brian P. Bowie

Board Member / Secretary

Co-Chair, MotorSport Park

About

A retired executive with a major academic healthcare center, Brian now divides his time between consulting and a variety of volunteer activities. Like several other members of the Board, his interest in automobiles took firm hold in his youth, and the attraction to “old cars” may have had its genesis even earlier, when, as a newborn, he was driven home from the hospital in a 1928 Willys Knight! Brian is a member of the Porsche Club of America. He has been a Volunteer at the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance for many years, and was appointed to the Executive Board in 2012. Along with his son, Mark, he is responsible for MotorSport Park and liaison with car clubs.

Andrew Goodman

Board Member

About

Andrew has spent his entire life around sports cars, and has been a Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance attendee since the very first year. Currently, Andrew coordinates the concours Marketing efforts in print & online, maintains RadnorConcours.org, and edits our Program.

Pat Oilveto

Board Member

About

Pat Oilveto is a member of the Radnor Hunt Concours Board of Directors.

Tim McNair

Chief Judge

About

Tim McNair is a member of the Radnor Hunt Concours Board of Directors.

Mark Bowie

Board Member / Co-Chair, MotorSport Park

About

Mark Bowie is a member of the Radnor Hunt Concours Board of Directors.

Michael Perrot

Board Member

About

Michael Perrot is a member of the Radnor Hunt Concours Board of Directors.

Vicki O'Connell

Board Member

About

Vicki O’Connell is a member of the Radnor Hunt Concours Board of Directors.

Craig Kandravi

Board Member

About

Craig Kandravi is a member of the Radnor Hunt Concours Board of Directors.

Over the Years

History

Michael Tillson and several of the present board members of the Concours played major roles in the organization and supervision of the Fairmount Park Vintage Grand Prix events that were held from 1990 to 1995. Featuring several hundred vintage sports racing cars, these four-day racing weekends honored the memory of the famous Fairmount Park races that took place in Philadelphia’s vast Fairmount Park system during the period of the First World War. At the time, the Fairmount Park races were the premier racing events in the United States, comparable in scope and reputation to the later Vanderbilt Cup races and the Indianapolis races of the 1920s and 1930s.
It was Michael Tillson’s concept to stage an elegant invitational classic car event on the spacious, historic grounds of the Radnor Hunt in Chester County that would compare to the elegance and quality of such national events as the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.

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.

To recall the great traditions of the classic French Concours d’Elegance originally held in the Parc des Princes, Paris, there would be a automotive art, high-style fashion, and jewelry shows to compliment the latest fashions in motor 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.

Previous Winners

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.

2019
For the 23rd Annual event in 2019, Best of Show was awarded to the 1927 Mercedes Model K Roadster by Fleetwood of Michael & Joannie Rich. The Best of Show Sporting Marque honors were taken by the 1933 Alfa 8C 2300 Monza of the Simeone Foundation Museum. The Best of Show Motorcycle honors were awarded to the 1939 Crocker 61 cu in Twin Small Tank of David Markel.
2018
For the 22nd Annual event in 2018, Best of Show was awarded to the 1932 Rolls Royce 20/25 Saloon by Gurney Nutting of Forrest McClain. The Best of Show Sporting Marque honors were taken by the 1956 Corvette SR2 of Irwin Kroiz.
2017
For the 21st Annual event in 2017, Best of Show was awarded to the 1928 Auburn 8-88 Speedster of Richard and Helen Harding. The Best of Show Sporting Marque honors were taken by the 1983 Lancia-Abarth Rally 037 of John and Suzanne Campion.
2016
In 2016, the Best of Show was awarded to the striking 1931 Marmon 16 Convertible Sedan of Vintage Motor Carriage. The Best of Show Sporting Marque went to the outstanding 1958 Ferrari 250 LWB Berlinetta of Dr. Roy Brod.
2015
The 2015 Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance Best of Show titles were awarded to two spectacular cars. The Best of Show was won by the strikingly elegant 1934 Pierce Arrow 840A Convertible Sedan LeBaron of Charles Gillet, and the the Best of Show Sporting Marque was won by the very original 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Touring of Gordon Barrett.
2014
Joseph and Margie Cassini took their third Radnor Hunt Best of Show trophy in 2014 for their beautiful 1933 Chrysler CL Imperial 5 Passenger Phaeton which had also taken the Best Classic Chrysler Award as that year’s featured marque. Oscar Davis returned to the winner’s ceremony with his magnificent 1954 Maserati A6G-2000 Zagato Spider chosen for the Best Sporting Marque Award.
2013
In 2013 Peter Boyle was a double winner with Best of Show for his magnificent Issotta Fraschini 8ASS Boattail Convertible Coupe LeBaron, and the People’s Choice award went to his 1938 Steyr 220 Glasser Roadster. Best Sporting Marque of the Show went to Radnor Hunt’s newest regular participant, Lammot DuPont, for his striking gold and blue 1957 Ferraro Boano Sestriere Rally car.
2012
First time Radnor Hunt entrants Sonny and Joan Abagnale took top honors with great enthusiasm winning Best of Show in 2012 with their beautiful white1929 Deusenberg Murphy convertible. The stars must have been uniquely aligned because another first time entrant, Kenneth and Keith Sherper won the Timeless Elegance custom made cuff links for their 1937 Roll Royce Phantom III Roadster. However, Best Sporting Marque of the Show went to Radnor Hunt veteran Bill Marriott for his 1957 Ferrari TRC 500 in a year when Ferrari was the featured marque.
2011
After taking the tenth annual Best of Show with his 1938 Talbot Lago Cabriolet, the 2011 fifteenth annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance saw the second repeat Best of Show winner with Bill Marriott’s 1937 Talbot Lago T150CSS Coupe. Timeless Elegance was seen in multiple Radnor Hunt winner Joseph Cassini’s 1927 Issotta Fraschini Tipo 8AS Roadster, and the Best Sporting Marque of the Show was Jack Rich’s stunning black 1937 Jaguar SS100.
2010
Best in Show In 2010 was awarded to the 1932 Packard 902 Sport Phaeton of Frank Buck, while Morton Bullock returned to the awards platform to collect the Timeless Elegance Award for his 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental Drop Head Coupe with body by Mulliner. A new tradition began with the Best Sporting Marque of the Show going to the Simeone Foundations’ Ferrari 375MM Spyder.
2009
A new trend was started in 2009 by Radnor Hunt featuring a collector instead of a single marque, and Jack Rick was so honored. His 1906 National Model E 7-Passenger Tourer was selected as the best from his six cars on display. The traditional Best of Show was won by Morton Bullock for his 1929 Issotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Limousine by Castagna, and the Timeless Elegance Award went to Marty & Pat Weber’s 1933 Packard 1005 Convertible Coupe.
2008
Jack Rich finally won Best of Show in 2008 with his perfect 1947 Delahaye 135M Figoni Falaschi 3 Position Drophead, while the Timeless Elegance Award went to James Caldwell’s stunning 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom I Convertible Sedan.
2007
In 2007, first time entrant Oscar Davis of Elizabeth, New Jersey made it two-in-a-row for Talbot-Lago with his stunning T150C “Teardrop” Coupe. The Timeless Elegance award was presented to Jack Rich for his dramatic 1939 Rolls-Royce Phantom III by Labourdette.
2006
The Figoni Falaschi bodied Talbot-Lago is one of the most striking designs of the coachbuilding era. Bill Marriott’s beautiful 1938 T150C Cabriolet features sweeping pontoon fenders, low windscreen, and intimate seating for two. The car appears in motion while standing still. We are most proud that this wonderful rolling sculpture was honored as our tenth anniversary Best of Show in 2006.
2005
In 2005, Joseph Cassini became the first multiple Best of Show winner with his 1930 Bentley Speed Six by Gurney Nutting. This great car was originally built for Lt. Cmdr. Glen Kidston so that he could compete in the 1930 Monte Carlo Rally. Commander Kidston was one of the famous “Bentley Boys” who achieved a kind of immortality for his spirited adventures with Bentley cars.
2004
For 2004, Best Of Show went to the famous 1933 Pierce Arrow Silver Arrow of Tom Derro. Both the duPont Homsey Award and The Timeless Elegance Award Presented By Govberg Jewelers went to Dean Edmonds for his fabulous 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster.
2003
The tradition of excellence continued in 2003 as the green and black 1937 Lagonda LG 45 Rapide, presented by Judge Joseph Cassini, III swept the top spot. John Rich took home a beautiful IWC wristwatch from Govberg Jewelers for winning the Timeless Elegance award with his 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet B by Norrmalm.
2002
2002 saw John Moir’s popular 1925 Voisin C3L Berline Transformable win Best in Show, while Jerry Saul’s won the Timeless Elegance Award for his stunning red and blue 1939 Delage D8 120 Roadster.
2001
In 2001 Radnor honored the 100th anniversary of Rolls-Royce and fittingly, the 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Salamanca of Baltimore’s Charles Gillet took Best in Show. In the first year of the Timeless Elegance Award, Wendy Garthwaite DeMarco won a beautiful watch presented by Govberg Jewelers for her 1938 Bentley 4 Litre Coupe by Van Vooren.
2000
The 2000 event was captured by a 1939 Bugatti 57SC Roadster by Saoutchik and proudly presented by Jerry Sauls of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
1999
In 1999 George Hahn won that honor with his 1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Sport Phaeton.

Who Supports Us

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Partners

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Sponsors & Vendors

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Tony Sikorski Auto Art

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Volunteer Information

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 volunteers@radnorconcours.org and we will add you to our volunteer list.

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E-mail: info@radnorconcours.org

Event Address
Radnor Hunt Club
826 Providence Road
Malvern, PA 19355

Mailing Address
Radnor Hunt Concours
P.O. Box 326
Edgemont, PA 19028

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