Greenwich Concours d'Elegance - Day 2

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Day two of the 2007 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance was dedicated to cars built in Europe, and after a terrific Day 1, my expectations were sky high. I wasn't disappointed. The mix of cars was equally varied, including a wonderful white-tired 1905 Renault, a '48 Tatra T-87 sporting a huge fin on its sloping rear, a passel of Jaguars that included a Ghia-bodied XK140, and jaw-dropping stunners like a '37 Bugatti Type 57C Roadster and down by the harbor, a spectacular one-off 1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith Roadster.

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John FitchIt didn't end there, either. Outside the Mercedes tent sat John Fitch (right), greeting well-wishers and signing copies of his book, Racing With Mercedes-Benz (I bought a copy, and I'll review it here once I'm through reading it.) Not thirty feet away from Mr. Fitch sat the 300SL Gullwing he drove to the GT class victory in the 1955 Mille Miglia. It was on loan from the Mercedes-Benz Museum, gleaming in its black paint with "417" in white on the bodywork.

Where the musclecars sat a day earlier, a circle of Ferraris had taken up residence. Many eras were represented, with everything from a 250 California Spyder, to a killer yellow '74 Boxer, to the prettiest 308 I'd ever seen -- completely original in a medium green finish. A row of Bimmers ranged from the Isetta to an '88 M6 Coupe, and a group of competition cars included a rally-prepped Saab 96, an '87 Porsche 944 Turbo Cup car in Rothman's livery, and a 1963 Alfa Romeo TZ1 coupe. As was the case with Day 1, I'll stop jabbering now and let the photos do the rest of the talking.

The two-day carnival of cars was enormous fun, as Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom put on one hell of a show. The fans were knowledgeable and down-to-earth, and the same could be said of the owners I chatted with. It was easy to get along, you see. There wasn't a person in the place who didn't love cars. I can't wait 'till next year's edition.

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