• May 28th 2010 at 7:00PM
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Classic Chevrolet Corvette barn find – Click above to enlarge

Are there any among us that don't dream of that elusive barn find? As far as we're concerned, locating an ancient board track racer, Shelby Cobra or even the odd Bugatti at the bottom of a lake would be a life-changing event. For attendees of the upcoming Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance on September 12, 2010, such a find will at least get you entrance into a renowned classic car event.

So... just what is an eligible barn find? Says Tom Cotter, widely recognized enthusiast of the genre and author of several books on the subject including the evocatively named The Cobra in the Barn and The Hemi in the Barn, that would be "a vehicle that has been previously unknown, or known and unattainable, or discovered through obscure means; all with a great story." Such an example (in this case a classic Chevrolet Corvette and apparently the subject of Cotter's next book, named... well, we'll let you figure that one out) can be seen above.

Have such a machine in mind? No problem, just be sure that the car is in the exact same condition as it was when you found it; no 100-point restorations allowed in this category. You've got until July 1 to get your submission in, and only 20 vehicles will be chosen for the show. Now, if you'll excuse us, we've got some serious scavenging to do...

[Source: The Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance]
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Premier Concours Event Invites America to Join the Search for the Nation's Hidden Rolling Treasures

Westport, Conn. (May 25, 2010) – The renowned Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance is kicking off its celebration of America's Automotive Barn Finds by launching a search to uncover long-lost historic vehicles from across the nation, for display in a special class at its 7th annual event, held on September 12, 2010 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Conn.

Barn Finds can be the stuff of dreams for any vintage car enthusiast. According to Tom Cotter, widely-recognized enthusiast and author of several books on the subject including The Cobra in the Barn and The Hemi in the Barn, a barn find is best defined as "a vehicle that has been previously unknown, or known and unattainable, or discovered through obscure means; all with a great story." Indeed, the Fairfield County Concours hopes to uncover some of the best.

Of course, finding an old classic car that has slumbered for years, untouched, not having seen the light of day can be quite an adventure – sometimes it can require an exciting, but extensive search, perhaps in pursuit of a car that's been heard of, but never seen; other times it can be an heirloom vehicle that's been passed down from generation to generation; often, it's the car that's been sitting in an old garage, passed by many, just waiting to share its story. There's no telling when or where these special cars turn up, but the Fairfield Concours is asking that America join the search.

Those who wish to submit a vehicle for consideration can do so by sharing their story and uploading photos of the vehicle here: http://fairfieldcountyconcours.com/barn/. Eligible vehicles can have already been "discovered" and dragged out of storage, but must not be substantially changed from the condition in which they were found.

A committee of well known authorities in the collector vehicle community including Tom Cotter, Wayne Carini, Rupert Banner, Miles Morris, Kevin MacKay and Donald Osborne, will choose up to 20 vehicles from submissions received prior to July 1, 2010. From that group, committee chairman Cotter will choose the finalists, which will be on display at the 2010 Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance. Transportation assistance will be provided for any finalists from more than 100 miles from Westport, CT. Anyone who submits a vehicle for consideration and makes it to the display field will also receive a professional photo portrait of their vehicle at the show, along with a poster of the event.

The 1st and 2nd place prize winners will be determined by spectator guests who will vote for the Best Story-- the "Auto-Biography" of the vehicle -- by ballot during the Concours on September 12.

"In a perfect world, the Barn Find is a surprise to everyone. It can be any intriguing vehicle, regardless of vintage," said Bill Scheffler, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance. "While everyone might like to find a Hemi 'Cuda or Ferrari California Spyder, it's more about the human story - the length and depth of the search; why the vehicle's been hidden all these years."

The 7th annual Concours will take place September 12, 2010 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Conn. The annual car and motorcycle club celebration day will take place Saturday, September 11, 2010. The event will be a showcase for both the best of automotive and motorcycle design and engineering excellence. It will also serve as a forum for the education of its guests.

This year, the event's featured judging classes will include Porsche, Bugatti and Period Hot Rods and Custom Cars from 1948 – 1964. Special exhibits will include the 24 Hours of LeMans, "Styled by the Wind" celebrating automotive aerodynamics, and a collection of the elegant coachwork of Howard "Dutch" Darrin, including five special Packards from the collection of Ralph Marano.

Sponsors of the Concours include: Porsche Cars North America, Tiffany & Co., Sports Car Market, Westport Resources, Bonham's, Moffly Media, Miller Motorcars, Fairfield Motor Cars, Callari Auto Group, FedEx Auto transport, Bridgestone, Victorinox, Rubin Worldwide, Gartner, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Meguiar's, Hagerty Insurance, St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, Automotive Restoration Inc., American Iron Magazine, Roadbike Magazine, Vintage Rallies, Automotive Valuation Services and DBS Helicopters.

About the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance

The Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance is one of the nation's premiere classic automotive events, annually featuring a collection of more than 200 rarely-seen classic automobiles and motorcycles. The Concours is scheduled for September 12, 2010 at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, Conn. The show has generated more than $100,000 for its charity The Drive to Treat Autism Fund, providing support for diagnostic and treatment services for adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. For more information, visit www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a lumina Z-34 sitting in an empty lot next door to my house. It might be a collector's item soon. After all they were on the clunker list.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like how the rest of the junk has been blurred out in the photo to protect it's identity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love the style of the 1960~ Corvette. Red with the white sides. Pure hotness.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a lumina Z-34 sitting in an empty next door to my house. It might be a collector's item soon. After all they were on the clunker list.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This event sounds cool! Thanks for the info!
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      DAMN! Makes me wish I didn't wash the '94 Voyager I just came across for free. It sat under a tree for the past two years and its white paint was mottled black with sap and dirt, and several pounds of twigs and leaves were scattered along the drip rails and window channels. The bee hives in the door jambs and spider eggs in the wheel covers would look right at home at Concours d'Elegance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL, you probably removed $1,000 of value from that Voyager!

        I'm now rethinking of how to sell my 1960's classic muscle car. FInd a barn, add chicken feathers, toss in some vintage beer cans, scatter a few 8-tracks in the backseat, heap piles of dust on the car, place a crown and a pair of white ladies gloves on the front seat, then make up a "provenance" about the car.

        For Sale: 1968 Pontiac GTO convertible, originally purchased new by the Queen of England. Recently found at a Pahrump, Nevada chicken ranch with only 2,345 miles on the odometer, hear Wolfman Jack on the factory original AM radio. An excellent, unrestored original specimen with a fascinating fictional history.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      All the big auction houses should have this category, as well as an "unrestored" category.

      It seems like in the last 5 years the collector car world is starting to look at cars the same way art and antique (furniture, guns, dishes, musical insturments, etc) collectors look at the objects they specialize in.

      like they say on Antiques Roadshow........"this civil war rifel would have been worth $50k, but you refinished the wood, so now it is worth $3k."
        • 5 Years Ago
        What I meant was that they should have this category at the big auction houses.
        As well as a category for unrestored cars.

        I agree with you that Concours are for show cars and glitzy perfection.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I disagree.

        I think it's cool, but Concours events don't draw your typical car enthusiast crowd. It's a fun category, and cool that they are including it, but a roped off section of relative beaters will look worse next to the acres of the usual fare.

        The story prerequisite is a good save. They're playing it smart. It sets them apart, but this should not be universal. I lived on Amelia Island, and have been to concours events. I can't see trashed classics fitting in with the others getting the white glove treatment.

        Concours is not for everyone. 99/100 I'd prefer a parking lot car show, but they are unparelleled also. Seeing museum quality rides getting driven (albeit, slowly) and out in the open.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would a Yugo in the backyard qualify?
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