More than One hundred and fifty of the finest vintage automobiles in the U.S. converged upon LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) for the annual Pacific Northwest Concours d ’Elegance.
Featured classes for the concours included early and significant BMWs and Ford Mustangs as well as flathead hot rods, “American tail fins,” pre-WWII classics, pre-1920 Brass Era cars and others. After judges scrutinized rows of cars on ACM’s Haub Family Show Field, a 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo SASS owned by Peter Boyle of Covington, Ohio, emerged as “Best of Show.”
“This Isotta is among the best of its breed,” said Madeira. “Given the stiff competition, we recognize how well-earned this award is.”
During the weekend, ACM presented its annual “Master Collector Award” on Peter Hageman, Al McEwan and Glenn Mounger – all renowned members of the international vintage vehicle collector community. “Each of these Master Collectors has made major contributions to the collector community through their involvements with the Pebble Beach Concours d‘Elegance, the Classic Car Club of America and countless other automotive events and organizations. They have also provided great service to the Museum helping us create the largest private auto museum in the country and major tourist destination in the Pacific Northwest,” said Madeira. “It is with their counsel, advocacy and support that ACM has become more than just a car museum; it’s a cultural hotspot.”
The concours also featured a 100-mile “Tour du Jour” around Puget Sound’s scenic back country. During Saturday evening’s sold-out Dinner d‘Elegance, ACM hosted a charity auction with a 2015 BMW i3, a new electric car donated by Supporting Sponsor BMW Northwest, as its centerpiece.
“America’s Car Museum works very hard to preserve the history of the automobile industry and embrace its future and we are proud to participate by providing the all-electric BMW i3 for auction at this event,” said Manfred Scharmach, CEO and president, BMW Northwest.
The auction raised funds for the Museum’s Hagerty Education Program which provides scholarships and grants to young people pursuing an education in collector car restoration. The Concours weekend raised $227,446, and its net proceeds will support the Hagerty Education Program at the Museum.