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Keeneland Concours d’Elegance

By Ben Moment
Photography: Ben Moment

Based upon yearly attendance, the Keenelend Concours d’ Elegance is one of the top-10 tourist attractions in Kentucky. With more than 700 cars on display, 120 took part in the judged Concours. After seeing all of the fine historic vehicles, it is no small wonder how the success of this fine automotive event has raised over $500,000 for the Children’s Hospital over the past eight years. This year featured a double event, in which the National Alfa Romeo Convention teamed up with the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance to bring a greater collection of some of the world’s finest collectable cars.

A field of fine classic automobiles from a bygone era drove onto the Keeneland grounds to compete in 16 judged classes. Bugatti, Delahaye, Duesenberg, Auburn, Cord, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo and other notable automotive titans graced the hill country landscape for spectators to lust over. The underlying cause for the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance is to help raise funds for the Children’s Hospital in Kentucky. Wells Fargo played a key roll by being the presenting sponsor for the event and participated with the display of the original Wells Fargo coach, including horses.

Competing cars and their current proud owners drove on the Keeneland lawns real early, at six am, to take their designated display spots on this foggy summer morning. Considering the event is only in its eighth year, the Concours is very well produced, as it offers one of the finest and most diverse car collections to display in one place in Kentucky.

The Keeneland Concours d’Elegance came together without a mistake. As the Concours came to a close, Tom Jones and his panel of 16 judges passed out the last of the awards with the Judge’s Choice Award going to the 1937 Delahaye 135 M. All ended in the most poetic of finishes to a fine Concours d’Elegance.

Happy Ending for the 1937 Delahaye M-135

To experience the rest of the Keeneland Concours d’ Elegance, visit the gallery and appreciate some of the cars that we thought were particularly Concours captivating. We bet you’ll be so enthused you’ll want to make the trip to Kentucky next year in July for the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance. If you do, come and say hi to the crew of Redline Review. We’ll be the ones with the high tech cameras and the awesome collection of classic car photos accumulating on our flashcards.

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