For those of you who have never been to a Concours, here's a link to a slideshow of the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles at the Glenmoor Country Club in Canton Ohio. It's one of our favorite venues. The people make it great. These shots were mine and my friend Glenn's. He was very busy being the lead volunteer, so I'd grab his camera when he was tied up.
The series of 300 pictures starts with the welcoming party on Friday night. Many of the judges are automotive journalists and historians mixed with leaders and designers in the automotive industry. They mingle and schmooze as the cars start to arrive. In the hotel is a silent auction, another way to raise money for their charity. Historically significant CCCA (Classic Car Club of America) automobiles, some of the finest in the world, are lined up on the club's front drive for a CCCA Grand Classic judging held on Saturday. There is a fundraiser dinner attended by the local gentry, judges and exhibitors. After a hearty meal and thankfully short speeches, we retired for the evening. As the sun rose, I drove from Glenn's house where our car displaced his for a couple of evenings. I arrived at 7:30 as a matter of habit as our other cars had to look perfect for judging. The nice thing about showing the car as a survivor is that I didn't stress over its condition like I would with the other cars. There's something to be said for that. The show opened to the public at 10:00. At 1:30 Glynette sang the NA in harmony with Glenn's wife, Debbie. Once again, their sweet voices were met with absolute silence and thunderous applause. It was about that time that I started taking pictures of the cars lining up for awards. I was called back to the car to get in line for a trophy. I really couldn't believe it.
As soon as I got the award, I put the car back and took over the picture taking again. When the show ended at 4:00 I put the car back in Glenn's garage and went to the afterglow party, one of my favorite parts of the show. These shows have a bad reputation as being snooty events. Judge for yourself.