On Feb. 9, the first “Concours in the Park” was held in Straub Park, next to the Museum of Fine Arts on the water in downtown St. Petersburg, Fla. Sponsored by the duPont REGISTRY™, the “Concours” was a fabulous display of automotive art that was supported by the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum, Ferrari of Tampa Bay, Crown Automotive Group and the Dimmitt Automotive Group. In addition, Tim Raines of the Tim Raines Gallery in St. Petersburg exhibited his fabulous automotive portraiture and illustrations.
After days of cold, clouds and rain, the weather broke for a sunny, warm and cloudless day in downtown St. Petersburg. More than 60 automobiles were displayed under the spreading banyan trees and before the sparkling blue waters of the St. Petersburg Harbor. Downtown was busy, as the usual Sunday brunch crowd was accentuated by auto-enthusiasts and art connoisseurs who walked through the Concours and all around Beach Drive.
Guests and exhibitors all received wrist bands and gift bags with issues of the duPont REGISTRY™ Luxury Living in Tampa Bay and duPont REGISTRY A Buyers Gallery of Fine Automobiles®. Also, Gratzzi Italian, PureLife Medispa and TruWell, a New Life provided gift bag items. A collection of vehicular masterpieces had been arranged in horseshoe rows and divided according to five categories: Pre-War, Post-War Early, Post-War Late, Modern and Exotic cars. Winners were selected Best in Class awards with a Best in Show finale.
Once the doors opened to the public, the owners of the cars mingled with the automotive and art enthusiasts that came to enjoy the display. The temperature climbed up into the 70’s and the clouds were gone, and a perfect day was enjoyed by hundreds of attendees.
In addition, a large crowd grew around the edges of the fence as curious passersby snapped pictures with their cell phones, and everyone waited for Tom duPont, Publisher of the duPont REGISTRY™ to announce the Best in Class awards and the grand Best in Show winner. Each was awarded a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne decorated with a charm stating their award and class. There was also a People’s Choice award.
The Concours field was filled with a magnificent array of classic, luxury and exotic automobiles that spawned more than 100 years of extraordinary examples of “motoring.” The judges were charged with the following: “Choose those automobiles that, for reasons of aesthetics and history, belong in a museum of fine art.” It was a difficult task as there were many fine examples of design, performance, and significance. The winners were:
BEST IN SHOW
- Maggie Newman’s 1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
- Sharon & Michael Cobb’s 1965 Porsche 365C
BEST IN CLASS
- Pre-War – Maggie Newman’s 1911 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost
- Post-War Early – Brenda & Walter Ercius’ 1957 Buick Caballero
- Post-War Late – Daniel Zajac’s 1970 Plymouth Super Bird
- Modern – James Parrott’s Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
- Exotic– Steve Woodrough’s Ford GTX1 Roadster
A special thanks to The Cerf Family of the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum (www.tbauto.org) for their efforts and for four beautiful, rare and collectible entries, including a 1934 Stoewer V-8 Greif, a 1937 Peugeot Darl’Mat, a 1937 Cord Beverly 812 Sedan and a 1950 Talbot-Lago Record Sedan.
The duPont REGISTRY™ is deeply indebted to Rob and Michelle Myrick and their team, and JP Fatseas, the staff and volunteers from the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, all of whom made this event a terrific success.