Officially attending our first year at the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance offered a showcase of Canada's best classics.
Our first year in attendance at this prestigious Ontario event known as the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance was fueled with eager anticipation for 2016. The venue is said to be glorious for what is often referred to as the Pebble Beach of the North, and as we entered the facility, we had to concur. Based on our preview from the 2015 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance the event was a must see this season.
The picture-perfect setting is an elegant golf course situated alongside the calming waters of Georgian Bay, with architectural designs purposely leaning toward the historic. It's hard to imagine a more grandiose and idyllic canvas on which to spread the beauty and elegance of the automobile.
Unfortunately, the first views came through the wiper blades of my vehicle, and this was set to continue for the entire day, so things were wet for the first day of the event. With enclosed trailers lined as far as the eye could see (boasting licence plates from all over North America), we wondered just how many of these golden oldies would actually venture out of their cozy, dry closets.
We didn’t have long to ponder this, as a steady stream of vehicles came trundling back from their first tour of the local byways. To say we were astounded they were driving in the rain is an understatement. Yes, we’ve been to a number of these perfectionist events over the years, even taken part in a few, yet this was the first time we’d ever witnessed rolling art of the roaring 20’s and 30's sloshing through boot-covering puddles with their antique wiper systems actually functioning.
A 1967 Maserati Mistral 4000 coupe lost its entire wiper arm on the morning drive, and that’s not exactly something your local Canadian Tire store carries.
Yes, we’ve all heard the words "Trailer Queen" bantered around, yet we have to applaud the owners of these fine machines for their bravado in facing the torrential downpours we were encountering. One poor chap in a superb 1967 Maserati Mistral 4000 coupe lost his entire wiper arm on the morning drive, and that’s not exactly something your local Canadian Tire store carries. Hopefully, he wasn't penalized, as that would be somewhat unfair under the circumstances.
Even the Cadillac-supplied museum pieces (including the incredible 1959 Cadillac Cyclone, which we simply fell in love with) under cover of the marque tent didn’t come out totally unscathed. What with the wind howling and rain lashing down, visitors had to step through water inside the tent. But the show prevailed and Sunday weather improved greatly to crown the Best in Show, a 1932 Auburn Boattail Speedster. Owned by Gerry Hockin who drove the car from Burlington, Ontario, this spectacular classic also won the Best in Class and People's Choice awards making the Auburn the first triple crown winner of the event.
Unfortunately, no mortal can control the weather at this time of the year, and organizers just have to make the most of what is dealt out. Fortunately Cobble Beach entrants are a hardy bunch, so we’ll end by thanking them for being such good sports, and look forward to a magical time at the 2017 Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Photos: Jordan Lenssen