A great show!
by Steve Erlichmann
The 2022 Radnor Hunt Concours was held for the 25th time at the Radnor Hunt Club in suburban Philadelphia. This event is one of the best kept secrets on the show scene. Each year there are themes such as race cars, classic cars, motorcycles or personality cars.
This year’s themes were 4-Cam Porsches, classic cars bodied by Derham Coachbuilders and the cars of Chuck Cantwell. Other themes this year were 75 years of Scuderia Ferrari and BSA motorcycles. Though the weather was rainy, there was a nice collection on display on the terraced lawn behind the Hunt clubhouse. While the event has opened up to new high end car dealer displays at the entrance a walk through the new car area gets you to the show field as well as the vendor area. Not that there wasn’t anything the see in the new car area.
The local Ferrari dealer brought an F40, a new 296GTB and an 812 Superfast Spyder. Also on hand was a Lamborghini Huracan STO, McLaren Senna, Maserati MC20 and the new R232 Mercedes-AMG SL63. There were also a couple of Cadillac concept cars mixed in with the new cars, the tiny Cyclone from 1959 and the HUGE Sixteen from 2003.
On to the main show
I usually arrive at the opening time and head directly to the far end of the show field while the crowd is distracted by the new car displays. There we saw a lovely selection of 4-Cam Porsches: two 904s, a 550 Spyder, two 356 Carrera 2s, an Abarth Carrera and a 356A Carrera GS/GT. One of the 904s belonged to New Jersey native Tim Kuser. The car finished 2nd in class at Sebring in 1966. The car was in pieces for 50 years but it finally got rebuilt over the last 5 years.
The other 904 as well as the Spyder (driven by Denise McCluggage at Watkins Glen in 1957) and the Abarth were from the famous Ingram Collection in North Carolina. Cam Ingram was on hand to show the judges his cars. The collection suffered a devastating fire 2 years ago which destroyed six of their cars and damaged a few more. The Abarth is one of 20 built by Porsche and Zagato and was a two-time Swedish GT Champion. The car looked perfect despite having suffered some damage in the fire.
Along with the Porsches were some other interesting racers including a Lotus 70 F5000 and a Yenko Stinger Corvair convertible. Yenko only built one convertible and it was on display at this show. The other Yenko Stingers were all coupes made for SCCA DP racing. There were both roadster and gullwing coupe Mercedes-Benz 300SLs on display in a very unusual color. Ferrari was represented by a 250 GT LWB Tour de France which finished 2nd in the 1957 event of the same name. Unfortunately it remained covered for the duration of the rain at this event.
Mustang, Allard and Duesy
Chuck Cantwell once served as the project manager for the Mustang GT350 at Carroll Shelby’s operation. Later on he was the Penske team manager for the Trans-Am Camaro and Javelin programs. He lives locally and brought his own Mustang GT350. The Simeone Foundation sent their Allard J2 and a Bugatti Type 57S Atalante, a new addition to the collection . This was the first Radnor event since the passing of Dr. Fred Simeone in June and his absence was sorely felt.
There some nice big classics. A Duesenberg Model A, Cadillacs V8s and V16s and some nice LaSalles. Very imposing was a 1956 Cadillac Hess and Eisenhart Viewmaster station wagon, one of seven built. Hess & Eisenhart is today’s pre-eminent custom coach builder, specializing in ambulances, limos and hearses, armored SUVs and the presidential limos including The Beast.
Also seen was a nice selection of Derham bodied cars from Packard, Lincoln and Cadillac. The Derham company opened in 1853, building carriages for the gentry and lasted until 1961. They built custom bodied luxury cars for wealthy Philadelphia customers, Hollywood celebrities, heads of state and even a bullet-proof Cadillac for Al Capone.
The 2022 Radnor Hunt Concours was an enjoyable event though the weather this year probably kept some entrants away.
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