My Car Quest

July 24, 2017

The 60th Hillsborough Concours D’Elegance Was Excellent

by Mike –

This past Sunday I attended the 60th Hillsborough Concours D’Elegance – the longest continuously running Concours D’Elegance in the world.

It has developed into one of the finest events of its kind in Northern California and in my opinion the best in the San Francisco Bay Area.

1968 McLaren M6GT

1968 McLaren M6GT

1952 O.S.C.A. 2 Door Coupe

1952 O.S.C.A. 2 Door Coupe

1955 Lancia Aurelia B20

1955 Lancia Aurelia B20

I had planned to drive my newly acquired 1971 Lamborghini Espada from Carmel and show it as I did last year with the 1966 Iso Grifo but unfortunately the Espada brake boosters had other plans and are now being rebuilt.

1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K

1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K

1949 Dodge Power Wagon

1949 Dodge Power Wagon

This is approximately a 240 mile round trip drive, with a stop that I make to pick up a friend, and I think the brakes should be in top shape especially driving over the mountains.

1963 Ferrari 250 GTL

1963 Ferrari 250 GTL

In addition to winning the Exotics Class last year with the Iso Grifo I also won the Owner’s Choice Award in 2011 with the Bizzarrini GT 5300 Strada.

By a strange coincidence the newly acquired Lamborghini Espada won the People’s Choice Award at the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in 1981!

Lamborghini Espada

Our newly acquired 1971 Lamborghini Espada at the Hillsborough Concours in 1978

I have published many photos from past Hillsborough Concours D’Elegance events – here.

I hope to be there next year with the Lamborghini Espada.

Changes at the Hillsborough Concours D’Elegance

Rob Fisher is stepping down after a terrific seven year run as Chairman and turning over this event to Rich Kelaita who has been involved for more than ten years.

This was also the last time for John Joss to be the Master of Ceremony after thirty years!

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

 

 

Hillsborough Concours D'Elegance Logo

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 COPO

1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 COPO

1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre

1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre

1954 Chrysler Ghia

1954 Chrysler Ghia

1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal

1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal

1956 Maserati A6G 2000GT Zagato

1956 Maserati A6G 2000GT Zagato

1961 Aston Martin DB4

1961 Aston Martin DB4

1966 Shelby GT350

1966 Shelby GT 350

Hillsborough Concours D'Elegance

2016 Hillsborough Concours D’Elegance – photo by Michael Menetto

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The 60th Hillsborough Concours D'Elegance Was Excellent
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The 60th Hillsborough Concours D'Elegance Was Excellent
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I attended this year's Hillsborough Concours D'Elegance as a spectator instead of showing a car - that was not the original plan.
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Comments

  1. No Iso or Biz?

  2. Wallace Wyss says:

    The Bentley you show is a modern day rebody that was done by a former
    GM design executive who worked under Chuck Jordan. He was copying the styling
    of some prewar Bentley prototype that was bombed by the Germans while
    sitting on the dock in France, only that was a coupe. This newly bodied one
    has a great ostrich skin interior…..

  3. The 6th picture down — the Ferrari 250 from 1963… Anybody able to identify the baby blue colored car in the background? Kind of looks like a BMW to me…

  4. CJ Madson says:

    Mike — very nice commentary, and it was another solid HC with cars I hadn’t seen before and so many nice owners and visitors. I had a fun tour group that asked great questions and enjoyed the diversity. (I did get one question as to why the customs/hot rods were so far away up the hill. Don’t know the answer.) And you’re right about Rob — he did a super job handling the transition up to Crystal Springs and was always a gentleman. I thanked him for encouraging me to come to the 2010 HC — that was a special show for us. Rich is experienced and great to work with, so I’m confident they’ll keep producing a very high quality show for all.

    • Thanks CJ, I have some good photos from Hillsborough 2010 where I brought the 1966 Bizzarrini GT 5300 but that was before I started publishing My Car Quest.

  5. Mike,
    When you first started this blog, I never imagined that you could provide such entetaining and informative stories for over 2 plus years(?), and EVERY DAY!
    I just want to congratulate you on a job well done. I look forward to reading the Car Quest every morning.
    Cheers,
    Philip

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