Sep 08 2015

Highlights from the Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance at Lime Rock Track

At Lime Rock Park’s Historic Festival 33, its Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance saw 264 entrants in 29 classes vying for honors.  Ralph Lauren's 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi” was awarded Best in Show and the 1937 Chrysler's Chrysler was awarded People's Choice.

Link to Concours winners.

Link to Concours entry list.

Highlights are posted below.


Howard Kroplick

Chrysler's Chrysler on Display

Heading to the awards ceremony

Awarded Lime Rock's People's Pick (People's Choice)

Sampling of Concours Automobiles

1929 AC Acedes Magna Tourer

1957 Maserati 300S

1911 Packard 30 7-Passenger Touring

1908 Locomobile Model I 4-Passenger Sport by Durham

George Dragone and his 1932 Chrysler Imperial Convertible Sedan by LeBaron

Best in Show

1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi” owned by Ralph Lauren. Originally built with a competition “spyder” body by Carrozzeria Touring, between 1931 and 1933 this SSK was campaigned in the Mille Miglia, various hill climbs and other local events by original owner Trossi and following owners. The Italian count re-purchased the car and commissioned new bodywork in 1934. Willy White, an unknown American coachbuilder, is presumed to be the designer of the spectacular coachwork but that’s never been confirmed.

The Lauren SSK previously won Best of Show at the 1993 Pebble Beach concours and at Italy's Villa d'Este concours in 2007.


Sep 09 2015 Ted 8:41 PM

Howard   Congratulations on peoples choice,you’re always a sure winner,no matter what it is,with any of your cars.
From Howard Kroplick

Thanks Ted!

Sep 10 2015 Ted 2:36 AM

Howard.  Only wish that I could be their to enjoy it with you

Sep 13 2015 Walt Gosden 12:42 PM

Interesting note about the body builder for the 1908 Locomobile - Durham. As far as I know the only body builder by that name built sidecars for motorcycles and some speedster bodies for model T chassis. Derham was a well know body builder from Rosemont , Pa. and was one of the last custom coachwork firms that saw their roots in the carriage trade to exist, going out of business in the early 1970s. Often car owners in print or else where refer to the DUrham body rather that what it really is by the DErham body company. There was a bull durham tobacco but they didn’t design and build coachwork for motor cars.
I think it is wonderful that your Chrysler received the people’s choice award, perhaps even more significant than the Best in Show since the venue was really a sports car showcase with all the boy racer machinery far out numbering the pre war classics and the majority of the crowd had to be enthusiasts of the sports cars there. They voted for a most formal car as their choice - way cool.

Sep 14 2015 Greg O. 9:58 PM

Howard- Always enjoy seeing the cars. The Chrysler looked great on Sunday. Congrats on the People’s choice again, you’ll get Count Trossi next time!

Jan 04 2016 Ryan McIntosh 11:10 PM

It was a pleasure to have a vehicle in your care at the event again, Howard. I hope your group was treated well. It goes without saying the the Chrysler is a stunner, and I was honored to get to help get it in front of lots of people who clearly appreciated seeing the machine!

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