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04/05/17 Announcing the Ultimate Pebble Beach Motorsports Week Raffle.

               ~ The Ultimate Pebble Beach Motorsports Week Raffle ~
                                       $100 per Ticket or 2 for $175

This is the ultimate automotive dream vacation to the greatest car show in the world, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, along with all the premier car events surrounding it for five fantastic days. The winning raffle ticket holder and a guest will receive the following which has been put together by someone who has attended these events over many years. The total value of this package is $8,000.

Delta Roundtrip Domestic Airfare for Two
You will fly roundtrip coach airfare to San Francisco on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

Car Rental
You will pick up your rental car from the rental agency of your choice at the San Francisco International Airport (Gift Card provided at $80 per day) and drive south on US 101 to Monterey.

Portola Hotel & Spa, Monterey, CA
Check in at this beautiful hotel in the center of Monterey as guest of RM/Sotheby’s for 5 days departing Monday, August 21, 2017. Includes room & taxes only.

RM/Sotheby’s Monterey Auction
Check in at the RM Sotheby’s Auction Desk at the Portola and pick up your auction package and credentials allowing you to attend the previews, receptions and auctions as a bidder (bank credit reference required) or as a spectator at one of the nation’s top auction houses on Friday and Saturday evenings August 18 & 19.

McCall’s Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center
On Wednesday evening, August 16 you will attend this signature event with VIP tickets to see the finest automobiles and aircraft while dining on a gourmet dinner by the bite from some of the area’s best chefs along with cocktails and wines from the finest Monterey wineries.

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
Thursday, August 17 gives you a chance to drive down Highway 1 to Big Sur for lunch and along the way preview some of the cars in Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance as they participate in the Tour d’Elegance. Lunch at Sierra Mar at the Post Ranch Inn is highly recommended (not included in package). Or, drive into downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea to watch the tour cars arrive on Ocean Avenue for their lunch stop.

The Quail – a Motorsports Gathering
On Friday, August 18 you will be attending this 10 AM to 4 PM, invitation only event at the Quail Lodge which is one of the toughest tickets in town. In addition to the wonderful collection of automobiles in the center of one of the largest fairways, five different themed food and wine/beer/cocktail areas surround them leaving you with the difficult task of choosing what to look at or sample next.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca
On Saturday morning, August 19 drive out to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to view historic cars racing like the F1 championship is on the line, and walk through the Paddock area to watch owners and mechanics tear apart their cars hoping to add just a bit more horsepower. Check out Jay Leno interviewing them for his next show. Wander through the market area for the best car stuff on the planet.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
On Sunday morning, August 20 avoid the traffic and take the Portola shuttle to the big show at Pebble Beach. There’s nothing like it on planet earth! Too beautiful and amazing to put into words. You just have to be there. This is why you bought the raffle ticket. The rest was just gravy!

                                                  Buy your raffle tickets today at:
                                                https://cincyconcours.showclix.com/


02/08/17 Announcing the 2017 Hagerty Youth Judging Program at the Cincinnati Concours.


Hagerty and the Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance (formerly the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance) have formed a multiyear “Partnership for Youth”, with the goal of involving more young people in the automotive hobby. We implemented the program in 2011, so this year is our seventh year of our Youth Judging Program.

Hagerty provides the official judging gear including T-shirts, hats and scorecards; and helps teach our young judges about the cars and evaluation criteria.

A small group of cars are pre-selected to be scored by the Youth Judges, who also present awards to their top three vehicle choices. Participants have the opportunity to interact with car owners, carefully inspect each car and make the determination of their favorites based on the scoring criteria. The program continues to grow in popularity, with multiple children requesting to return as a judge.

This program has room for 25 children between the ages of 8 and 15. If you know of a young person who would be interested in taking part in the 2017 Hagerty Youth Judging Program on Sunday June 11 starting at 8:45 in the morning, please contact Michael Kelly at Mkelly11@cinci.rr.com or John Mereness at johnmereness@aol.com. We’ll have light refreshments to start the day and lunch for the young person and a parent.

12/26/16 50 Years of the Firebird – Behind the scenes story.

Photo courtesy of Gary Kessler Photography

Pete & Betty Zink brought their 1973 Pontiac Firebird for our 2017 Concours advertising photo shoot. When asked about the story behind their car, Pete shared that his interest in Firebirds traced back to his high school years in the early 1970’s. Muscle cars were popular and my favorite was always the Firebird. He liked the twin scoops and clean lines of the Firebird Formula. A typical production year saw about 45,000 Firebirds – 10,000 of which were Formulas and 5,000 were Trans Ams.

About 15 years ago, Pete began his search for a Formula with the largest engine (the Pontiac 455) and a four speed transmission. He finally found what he was looking for in Las Vegas. With no salt on the roads, the body of the car was in good shape. The car did need everything else. The faded red paint was blasted off to reveal a history of red then black then cream and finally the original celery green metallic color. The factory combination of slate green and a black interior looked great.

Pete acted as the general contractor throughout the restoration process, parting out the various jobs to subcontractors near and far. His wife, Betty’s, only input was to leave off the rear spoiler. We went back and forth about it, but finally left it off. She was right. The car looked better without it and truer to the intent of the Formula’s designer.

During the project, Betty told Pete that the first car she ever bought new was a 1973 Firebird Formula! It was Florentine red with a white interior. Who knew! Pete thinks this fact points to a potential study for a PhD dissertation on the correlation between attraction to specific car models and attraction to potential mates!

Pete’s takeaway – “Cars are memories and worth preserving”.

11/21/16 The Ault Park Concours is now the Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance

We proudly announce the change of our event name to the Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance. Ault Park will continue to be our host location and Juvenile Arthritis will remain as our recipient charity. As we celebrate our 40th show in 2017, we wish to promote our city and the location of Ault Park for their long-running tradition of celebrating automotive excellence.

11/16/16 50 Years of the Camaro – Behind the scenes story

Photo courtesy of Gary Kessler Photography

My 1969 Camaro Z28 was built in the Van Nuys, California plant. It was purchased by a Marine coming home from Vietnam and taken back to Ohio, where it was driven daily. In 1976, the car was painted and the engine was overhauled. It was not reassembled, but instead put into storage.

In 1998 due to financial hardship, the owner was forced to sell the Camaro. After sitting so long, it wouldn't run. A friend of the owner offered to help get it running again. After some necessary repairs, they advertised it in the antique section of the Sunday Cincinnati Enquirer which I watched religiously! The advertisement read - “1969 Camaro Z28 Blue/White Stripes”. I said, “Oh my God”!

Unfortunately, my first day off wasn’t until the following Saturday, and I knew the car would be gone. When Saturday morning finally arrived, I went to Hamilton, Ohio where the car was stored. There were many people interested in the Camaro. The car was still disassembled with parts in many boxes.

I could hear the confusion from the other potential buyers wondering where the parts belonged. I said to myself , “I know where these parts go”! Someone asked if it had the right carburetor. Again I said to myself, “It’s in that box over there”!

As the other buyers faded off, I made an offer on this numbers matching car. I asked the owner to take me for a ride. He said it has a slight header gasket leak. During the test drive, it kept stalling. He had trouble shifting and stopping the car. After we made it back to the garage he looked at me and I said, “I'll take it”!

Soon after taking delivery, I started a 3-year restoration process that produced the car of my dreams!

Mark A Schwarte

11/01/16 Hear the story of the 1928 Auburn Speedster, one of the stars in our 2017 Concours ads.

Photo courtesy of Gary Kessler Photography

Helen & Dick Harding are the proud owners of this 1928 Auburn 8-88 Speedster which will be featured in some of our 2017 Concours print advertising. Dick had first learned about the Auburn speedster in 1992 when his dad called with the news he had pulled one “out of the weeds” in New Paris, Ohio. Having inherited the “build something” gene from his dad and spent years in the model-making industry, Dick became involved in the restoration of his dad’s field find.

Several years into the project, Dick received a call from a gentleman regarding another 1928 speedster with an 8-88 wheelbase that he wished to sell. It was one of only 173 ever produced. It could reach a speed of 85 mph when the speed limit was only 45 mph. With two Auburns to now restore, the plan was to give both a concours-quality restoration beginning in 2007. Not knowing how much time this would take, Dick worked continuously on his car until its completion in the fall of 2014.

New to the hobby, Dick and Helen first showed their Auburn at the Stan Hywet Concours d’Elegance where it won Best in Class and received the Dave Holls Award for Design Distinction. The car continued the Concours circuit including Amelia Island, St. John’s, MI, Boca Raton, Pinehurst, NC,Keeneland, KY, Ault Park and Dayton, winning awards at each event.

The car was also shown at the Auburn Cord Deusenburg Club’s annual “Labor Day” meet where it received a 1st place award. In CCCA judging it received 1st Primary and 1st Senior with a perfect 100 points. In AACA judging, it earned Senior status as well as a first Annual Grand National Meet award. It was also presented with the AACA Presidents Cup at the 2015 annual meeting in Philadelphia.

We thank Helen and Dick for sharing their story. The Ault Park Concours is so pleased to once again feature their outstanding automobile!

05/24/16 New this year at the Concours - Craft Beer Garden!
We are happy to announce that the Ault Park Concours will be hosting a Craft Beer Garden to be held atop the hill at the historic pavilion. Tickets for the Beer Garden are $15.00 and can be purchased by cash or credit at the car show ticket booth or by cash only in the Beer Garden. Your purchase includes six tastings and a 16 oz. serving of a beer of your choice in a souvenir cup. Breweries represented in the Garden include Rhinegeist, Taft’s Ale House and Sam Adams. Each will be bringing four of their special brews for your enjoyment. We look forward to seeing you there!



05/23/16 WWII Warbirds coming to Lunken Airport
Rare warbirds of World War II are coming to Lunken Airport on June 10-12, offering rides in the iconic P-51 Mustang fighter of the air war over Europe and the heroic SBD Dauntless dive bomber of the carrier wars in the Pacific. And, on Saturday evening, June 11, these two beauties will be appearing at the Ault Park Concours’ Hangar Party at Executive Jet Management. If you are interested in a ride in one of these legendary planes, information is available at http://www.cincinnatiwarbirds.org/caf.html. For tickets to the Hangar Party, available until 8 p.m. on June 5, click here.



05/03/16 New Remote Parking for 2016
Our free public parking with shuttle service to Ault Park has changed location this year. Parking is now available at the Fifth Third Complex located at Duck Creek Road and Eastwood Drive, Cincinnati. For directions click here.



04/07/16 Concours Committee Member Chairs 2016 International Ferrari Meet

Each year, the Ferrari Club of America holds an International Meet in a different location in the United States or Canada. The Annual International Meet typically attracts 200 to 400 participants and approximately 100-250 Ferraris. This year the Meet will be held in Columbus, Ohio on June 18 – 22, 2016. For more information and a list of events go to www.fca2016.org.

We are very proud of one of our longtime and hard working committee members, Michael Kelly, who is a Ferrari enthusiast and is this year’s Chairman of the Ferrari Club of Americas’ International Meet. The Board and Committee of the Ault Park Concours wish Michael much success with the 2016 Meet!



03/29/16 Sign Up Now for the 2016 Hagerty Youth Judging Program

Hagerty and the Concours have formed a “Partnership for Youth”, with the goal of involving more young people in the automotive hobby. This event marks the sixth year of our Youth Judging Program. Hagerty provides the official judging gear including T-shirts, hats and scorecards; and helps teach our young judges about the cars and evaluation criteria.

A small group of cars are pre-selected to be scored by the Youth Judges, who also present awards to their top three vehicles. Participants share a sense of camaraderie as they interact with car owners, carefully inspect each car and make the determination of their favorites based on the scoring criteria. The program continues to grow in popularity, with multiple children requesting to return as a judge at this year’s show.

This program has room for 25 children between the ages of 8 and 15. If you know of a young person who would be interested in taking part in the 2015 Hagerty Youth Judging Program on June 12, please contact John Mereness at johnmereness@gmail.com.



03/08/16 “GOLDIE” Re-visits Cincinnati
In July 1958 an Austin Healey 100-Six (BN6) was quietly sent from the BMC production line to the Donald Healey Motor Company, where it disappeared until October of that year.

During this three months time, all the chrome was removed from the car and Gold plated. The wheels were entirely disassembled and each spoke was gold plated. The black plastic knobs and steering wheel in the interior were replaced with Ivory.

The seats we’re reupholstered in mink and Chinese kid. The car was beautifully painted in an off-white to complement the ivory. The first showing of this unique and beautiful car was at the 1958 Earls Court Motor Show, in London England. The Daily Express newspaper had financed the modifications of this car, as a very special advertisement for their newspaper. All attendees to the Earls Court Motor Show received a coupon within their program which might enable them to “win” this beautiful car at the end of the show.

HISTORY:
1. In 1958 the winner sold “GOLDIE” almost immediately.

2. The car went to San Moritz, Switzerland where it was used during ski season.

3. The car was sold to a film star in England.

4. The car was resold and used as a daily driver.

5. In 1983 the car was offered for sale with 36,000 miles and had deteriorated but was still complete.

6. Later in 1983 the car was imported to Maryland and very carefully restored to the quality it was in 1958 by “Healey Surgeons”.

7. In 1986 “Goldie” was shown at the Cincinnati Austin Healey Conclave.

8. In 2013 the car is carefully dismantled and all parts cleaned, polished or re-gold-plated.

9. In 2014 “Goldie” won BEST OF SHOW at the Texas Concours.

10. In 2015 “Goldie” won BEST RESTORED at the Kuwait Concours. This will be part of the 2016 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance Special Display of The Cars of Donald Healey which will also include a rare Healey Speedboat, Nash-Healey #1, Healey Silverstone and a WSW.



02/18/16 1970 Plymouth AAR ‘Cuda coming to the Concours
Making its debut Concours appearance, is this great example of a 1970 AAR ‘Cuda owned by Chris & Rebekah McDonald of Bishop, Georgia. The car was produced to race in the SCAA road racing circuit. The AAR ‘Cuda was different from the regular ‘Cuda in many ways. All AARs had a 340 6 barrel engine. They also had a unique stripe called a strobe stripe, which held the AAR ‘Cuda logo. Unlike a standard ‘Cuda, the AAR’s exhaust came out the sides near the back wheels. The hood design on the AAR ‘Cuda was also different. It was made of lightweight fiberglass and had a hood scoop which was highly functional as it drew in fresh air. This model is one of only 2,724 produced in March/April of 1970



01/25/16 1967 Ferrari 330 GT/S Spider showing at the 2016 Concours
This beautiful car in original condition was one time owned by Italian-born racecar driver, Luigi Chinetti. Luigi was a driver in 12 consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans races, winning 3 times. He also won the Spa 24 Hours race twice. He was a long-time American importer of Ferrari automobiles to the United States.

This car was specially ordered without a radio or air conditioning. This was done to reduce weight and add speed. It is equipped with Daytona Inlet Manifold with 6 carburetors and produces over 400 horsepower. Luigi also ordered a 3rd seat in the car for his granddaughter.

Car owner Scott Isquick shares an interesting story on how he came to buy this car. His wife, Pamela, was racing their 300SL Gullwing at Lime Rock in Connecticut and saw the 330 parked across the paddock. She remarked that it was a cute car. Scott approached Luigi about buying the car. Luigi was getting ready to send it back to Europe because he couldn't sell it. He offered it to Scott for $10k. Scott balked because he had to pay OH sales tax. A few weeks later Luigi countered with a price that discounted for the OH sales tax. They flew to NJ to pick up the car and drove it back at 55 mph



01/08/16 Thanks to all who purchased holiday tickets to the 2016 Ault Park Concours d'Elegance and for helping support local area children in the fight against Juvenile Arthritis!
We are pleased to announce the lucky winner of our special prize drawing of two tickets the Concours Hangar Party, Doug James of Dayton, OH. Doug and his guest will enjoy an evening of spectacular cars and planes along with food, drink and an opportunity to bid on a great variety of silent auction packages.

       

11/19/15 1964 WSM Coupe showing at the 2016 Concours
One of the spectacular vehicles on display this year will be a 1964 WSM Coupe. This car is # 13 of 14 that were produced. It is the only one currently in the U.S. WSM 403 was built with left-hand drive for the USA market. This car incorporates a 1964 chassis and a 1275cc engine. The lightweight fiberglass construction and aerodynamic shape combine to make an excellent GT. It will be part of the Cars of Donald Healey Special Display.

       

10/28/15 Announcing Ault Park Concours d’Elegance Call For Nominations!
Our October email campaign & postcard mailing formally kick off the 2016 Call for Nominations. The Car Selection Committee will be reviewing nominations beginning in November. The deadline for nominations will be April 30, 2016.

       
       

05/28/15 Enter to win a VIP prize package from Ault Park Concours d’Elegance!
This VIP package is valued at over $300 and includes 4 tickets, 4 framed and signed collector posters, 4 souvenir t-shirts, and more. Click this link to enter to win: http://a.pgtb.me/HDlSQf. Ault Park Concours d’Elegance is Sunday, June 14, 2015. Get your ticket to this nationally recognized car show highlighting some of the most spectacular automobiles and motorcycles of all time.

       

05/19/15 A Special Contest for JA Families
We are happy to announce that this year we are holding a very special drawing for JA kids and their families. One lucky family will be treated to a ride in the Countryside Tour in a beautiful 1938 Packard Super 8 Convertible Coupe. (This car can hold 2 adults and up to 3 small children.)

The Tour begins at Mariemont Square at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 13th and departs at noon to begin a 48 mile drive along a scenic route to the Shandon & Okeana Grandscale Railroad. Upon arrival you and your family will be able to enjoy a train ride through a miniature village and view the car collection of owner, Don Guill. Afterwards lunch will be served before you head back to Mariemont Square. As a special treat the winner will also receive a poster of this beautiful car.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Please contact Kelly Case at 513-399-8094 or email at kcase@arthritis.org. The drawing will be held on May 29th. All families will be notified of the results.

   

03/26/15 Check out another masterpiece from the Lane Motor Museum
Coming this year to the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance is a replica of the Dymaxion, a car originally designed by US inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller in 1933.

The Dymaxion car was a concept car that boasted a fuel efficiency of 30 miles per gallon and could transport 11 passengers. While Fuller claimed it could reach speeds of 120 miles per hour, the fastest documented speed was 90 miles per hour.

The Dymaxion car was a three-wheeler, steered by a single rear wheel, and could do a U-turn in its own length. However, the rear-wheel steering made the car somewhat counterintuitive to operate, especially in crosswind situations. The body was teardrop in shape and aerodynamically efficient. Drive power was provided by a Ford V8 engine, rear-engine, front-wheel-drive layout which produced 85 brake horsepower through the front wheels. The front axle was also a Ford component, being the rear axle of a contemporary Ford roadster.

An accident at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair damaged the first prototype badly, killing the driver, and seriously injuring the two passengers, one of whom was William Sempill, aviation pioneer and Japanese spy. The Dymaxion had rolled over, and although the driver was wearing a seatbelt, the prototype's canvas roof had not offered sufficient crash protection. The cause of the accident was not determined, although Buckminster Fuller reported that the accident was due to the actions of another vehicle that had been following the Dymaxion closely.

There were only 3 cars built, each a bit different. Of the original cars: car #1 was badly damaged; car #2 survives in the Harrah Collection of the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada; and car #3 changed hands many times but was lost, presumed scrapped, in the 1950’s.

This faithful replica was built by Czech restoration company Ecorra, for the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee and will be on the field at this year’s Concours.

   

03/24/15 Sign Up Now for the 2015 Hagerty Youth Judging Program
Hagerty and the Concours have formed a multiyear “Partnership for Youth”, with the goal of involving more young people in the automotive hobby. We implemented the program in 2011, so this year is our fifth year of our Youth Judging Program. Hagerty provides the official judging gear including T-shirts, hats and scorecards; and helps teach our young judges about the cars and evaluation criteria.

A small group of cars are pre-selected to be scored by the Youth Judges, who also present awards to their top three vehicles. Participants have the opportunity to interact with car owners, carefully inspect each car and make the determination of their favorites based on the scoring criteria. The program continues to grow in popularity, with multiple children requesting to return as a judge at this year’s show.

As an added bonus the day before the Concours, interested Youth Judges may tour a motorcycle collection and restoration shop, have lunch and ask questions of the restorer. This is an optional additional activity and attendance Saturday does not affect the ability to participate in Sunday’s program.

This program has room for 25 children between the ages of 8 and 15. If you know of a young person who would be interested in taking part in the 2015 Hagerty Youth Judging Program on June 14, please contact Michael Kelly at Mkelly11@cinci.rr.com.

   

03/19/15 Ault Park Concours d'Elegance Announces Fundraiser Co-Chairs
Announcing The Ault Park Concours d’ Elegance, an annual classic car show at Ault Park in its 38th year. The weekend of events kicks off on Friday, June 12, at 7pm with “Cruisin for a Cure” fundraising event at The Anderson Pavilion at John G. & Phyllis W. Smale Riverfront Park, featuring Carol Ann’s Carousel, a glass-enclosed carousel with all carousel animals and insects made by hand. This will be the first major public event at The Anderson Pavilion, which opens in late May. The event, benefiting Juvenile Arthritis, is being co-chaired by Ann M. Keeling and Jillian Fischer.

   

02/05/15 1954 Ferrari 375 MM to appear at 2015 Ault Park Concours
Ferrari designed the 375 Mille Miglia from the ground up for endurance racing. Its first public appearance was at the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans. According to various sources, Pinin Farina built 16 open-coachwork 375 MM cars with serial numbers from 0360 AM to 0460 AM. This car was exported with chassis frame stamped 0362 AM., and was delivered from Ferrari to Southern Californian construction magnate Anthony Parravano in early 1954.

Shortly after the car’s arrival, Parravano prepped the car in his Los Angeles shop and hit an unbelievable top speed of 172 mph (276 km/h) on the dried-up bed of Lake El Mirage in the Mojave Desert. Its first organized race came on June 6, 1954 at the Guardsman Campership Road Races in San Francisco, which it won. From 1958 to 1961, 0362 was a regular entrant in major racing events and SCCA races.

The car was then fully restored to its original appearance from when it left Maranello in 1954. Today it boasts many original parts, including the interior lights, switches, and instruments. Make a point to see this spectacular car at this year’s Concours.

  

02/04/15 Make Plans to see us at the Cincinnati Auto Expo
Once again, Cincinnati’s Ault Park Concours d’Elegance will be exhibiting a special display of vehicles at the Cincinnati Auto Expo, February 18-22, at the Duke Energy Center. The display will reflect our show’s themes and include a 1956 Ford Thunderbird, 1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet B, 1961 Herbie the Love Bug Volkswagen Beetle and a 2015 Porsche Turbo S Cabriolet. The Concours display will be located in the lobby at booth L-12 & 13 near the Fifth Street entrance. We look forward to seeing you there!

     

01/18/15 The Enquirer reported today the sad news of Concours founder Helen Williams’ passing on Saturday, January 17, 2015.
                                             
In 1978, William and Helen Williams founded the Concours d’Elegance at their Cincinnati estate in honor of Helen’s good friend Bill Rudd, who had severe rheumatoid arthritis. Helen supported the Concours throughout its 37 years of annual shows, and presented the Founder’s Trophy in person at the 2014 event. Helen will truly be missed by her Concours family. We will proudly continue her mission of celebrating automotive excellence and raising money for the Arthritis Foundation. Her obituary follows:

Helen DeCourcy Williams, age 93, born and raised in Hyde Park and lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, peacefully passed away, at her home, Saturday, January 17, 2015. Loving wife of the late William Williams. Mrs. Williams was a leader, a worker, a giver and most importantly to her, a mother to her six beloved children; daughters, Mary Clauder, and Sharon Frisbie; sons, W. Joseph and Thomas, and the late Richard and Carol Williams. Also survived by 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Williams was committed to a lifetime of service, and touched a lot of lives with her service to the community. Helen shared her love for Cincinnati through her service and through her passions. Mrs. Williams was a prominent voice to several Cincinnati-based organizations throughout her lifetime. She was a trustee of St. Margaret Hall, the Nation Conference of Christians and Jews, Mercy Hospital Foundation, Wilberforce University (the nation's oldest, private historically black college and university) and Summit County Day School. Mrs. Williams was also a trustee and president of the Beechwood Home for Incurables, a nursing home providing senior citizens with high quality long-term care and advanced rehabilitation. She also served on the advisory board at Mt. St. Joseph College and Christ Child Day Nursery. For 25 years, Mrs. Williams worked in a release-time program, teaching religion to students of Washington Park Elementary School in Over-the-Rhine. She and her husband also established scholarships at several institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Xavier University and Summit Country Day School. A Funeral service for Mrs. Williams will be held 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 24 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel at Summit County Day School, her alma mater.

05/31/14 GREAT NEWS for Car Enthusiasts!!!
We are very pleased to announce that the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance in partnership with Porsche of the Village will host the U.S. DEBUT of the PORSCHE 919 HYBRID LEMANS CHALLENGER originally unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Switzerland Motor Show along with the 911 RSR (Type 991) racecar.



05/30/14 Make plans to see the all new 2015 Mustang!!
This year we are excited to announce that the 2015 Mustang will be making a special appearance at the Concours Mustang Seminar, the Hangar Party and the Car Show.



05/08/14 Tickets now available for FREE Mustang Seminar!
We are pleased to announce that the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance will once again be hosting a free automotive seminar for all Mustang enthusiasts. This year's speaker is Jack Telnack, retired corporate vice president of design for the Ford Motor Company.

Since his retirement as an automotive designer, Jack has been ranked with Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca as one of the most pivotal figures in Ford Motor Company's history, and is recognized as the godfather of Ford's signature 1980s aero look. Before retiring in 1997 as Ford's vice president in charge of worldwide design, he created the New Edge look as typified by the fourth-generation Mustang.  Click here for tickets.



04/15/14 The Ault Park Concours and Executive Jet Management partner on an exciting new Hangar Party.
Ault Park Concours d’Elegance announces today a partnership with Executive Jet Management, a NetJets company, and its hosting of the first annual Executive Jet Management Ault Park Concours Hangar Party on Saturday, June 7th, as part of the Ault Park Concours weekend of events.

The Ault Park Concours d’Elegance is celebrating its 37th year, making it the third-oldest Concours event in the United States. This year, the Ault Park Concours will be featuring “Art of the Automobile: Great American Design”, the 100th Anniversary of Maserati, 50 Years of the Mustang and Microcars. Including thirteen other classes of exotic automobiles and motorcycles, over two hundred special cars will be displayed on Sunday, June 8th, in the formal gardens of Cincinnati’s historic Ault Park. Over the event’s history, the Concours has raised over a million dollars to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, and most recently, its Juvenile Arthritis programs.

Saturday night’s Hangar Party will be held at the Executive Jet Management (EJM) facility at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport. The event will include a display of significant historical million-dollar vintage cars and aircraft, contrasted with a selection of luxury Maseratis and private jets.

EJM executives Robert Molsbergen and Mike Tamkus state that their employees are excited about hosting the Hangar Party at their facility. A number of exclusive guests will be in attendance including regional celebrities and politicians. Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance Foundation staff and volunteers are working diligently with EJM to make this new signature event a must-do Cincinnati activity.

For tickets and additional information regarding all Concours weekend events, click here or call the Cincinnati Concours Foundation at 513-321-1951.



04/02/14 1964 ½ “shorty” Mustang
At the dawn of the Mustang era, Ford shipped a pre-production car to the Dearborn Steel Tube Company to experiment with it, and they decided to shorten it by 16 inches, fit a custom fiberglass body and turn its 260-cubic inch V8 into a 302, creating probably the most unique pony car ever built. It's so small, they had to move the fuel filler opening to the trunk lid.

After taking it on a promotional road show, Ford planned to send this one-off to the crusher. But its designer, Vince Gardner stole it and walled it up inside of the back of a warehouse. He didn't try to sell it and he didn't leave a trail. He also didn't pay the rent for the warehouse where the Mustang was discovered six months later. Since they already paid out the claim for it, an insurance company took possession and one of its executives purchased it from the firm.

Today it's owned by Bill Snyder, who first saw it on a Ford travelling show and fell in love the moment he laid eyes on it. Why Ford never put it into production it is still a mystery.



03/13/14 Check out this Sears, Roebuck and Company 1909 Motor Buggy
Just accepted into the 2014 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance is this Sears 1909 Motor Buggy. As with everything Sears sold, this vehicle could be ordered directly from the catalogue. Pictured below is the Model L that included such amenities as fenders, a top, running boards, and pneumatic tires. This automobile was manufactured by the Sears Motor Car Works factory in Chicago, Illinois.

The engine has a 2-cylinder air cool, direct-opposed engine with 4” diameter bore and horsepower of 14. Top speed is 20 MPH.

According to searsmotorbuggy.com, the Motor Buggy could be picked up in Chicago or delivered by rail to your closest railroad depot. All that a new owner needed to do was uncrate it, do some minor assembly, add fuel and oil and drive it home.



03/05/14 Another show stopping car has been accepted to the 2014 Ault Park Concours
A 1952 Allard J2X (#3067) has been accepted into the 2014 Ault Park Concours. This car has been owned since 1974 by Mr. & Mrs. Wilmer from Basking Ridge, NJ. It is one of 83 of this racing model that were produced between 1951 and 1953. In August of 1952, this car was shipped to R/P Imported Car Co. in NYC where a Cadillac engine was installed. Two previous owners were well-known East Coast competitors and achieved extensive success with this vehicle in SCCA National and Regional races and hill climbs. In early 1957, the original Cadillac engine was replaced with a much lighter McCulloch supercharged 283 C.I. Corvette engine. While many surviving competition J2X’s have been modified and updated for vintage racing, it is extremely rare to find an example of this automobile that is in its original condition. Except for a repainting over 40 years ago, this JX2 is in the exact configuration that it was in when it last raced in 1958, including the original SCAA Racing Car License/Registration on the dashboard.

In the early 70’s, Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer were fortunate to obtain comprehensive documentation on their J2X from the second owner’s family, in addition to 26 trophies awarded this vehicle during three years of racing from 1956 to 1958. In later years, they also met with the first owner/driver shortly before his death at the age of 91, and received written materials from his family documenting the J2X’s early competitive successes from 1952 to 1955.                   



02/09/14 Check out the Concours in Express Magazine
We are delighted to share the March edition of Express Magazine. Click on the photo below and navigate to page 34 to read about our call for nominations and be introduced to this year’s Concours Co- Chairs Click here.

                  

01/23/14 Preview the SCM guide to the 2014 Concours d’Elegance Season
We are pleased to share the new SCM Insider’s guide to the 2014 Concours d’Elegance season. This guide includes a complete calendar plus features 21 of the nation’s top Concours. Click on the image to open up an interactive edition of the guide and be sure to check out the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance on pages 13 and 24. Click here.

                            

01/22/14 We are proud to announce the 2014 Ault Park Concours featured artist
This year’s featured artist is Roger Warrick. Roger has been a car enthusiast for most of his life and an artist and illustrator since 1989. His original paintings and prints have been commissioned by Autoweek, Watkins Glen International, Ford Racing, the Dayton Concours d'Elegance and Bristol Motor Speedway as well as by many private collectors. Roger has also been chosen as poster artist for the Petit LeMans three times, and has created the official event poster artwork for the 12 Hours of Sebring each year since 2005.

You can check out Roger's artwork at www.rogerwarrick.com, and find him on Facebook. Stay tuned for further updates on our other participating artists.



01/07/14 Put your eye on this Microcar!
In 1957, Automotive designer Robert Cumberford and cartoon artist/creative visionary Stan Mott created the very first Cyclops II. It was made from a single rectangular piece of metal bent into a “U” shape. Sections were cut out for windshield and backlight. It had a huge Lucas P-100 headlamp centered in the front. The Cyclops was introduced in Road and Track's March 1957 issue in an article titled 'Beyond Belief.' The car was road tested in the September 1957 Road and Track issue and in the last fifty three years has been featured in twenty two articles. Part microcar and part go-kart the Cyclops II has become a fixture of American motoring history.

In 2010, father and son team, Glen and Matt Thomas built a representation of the Cyclops II from scratch. It was a project, which started with the picture of Stan Mott in the original, a three view drawing of the Cyclops II and the road test article with the overall dimensions. Glenn developed a layout using a go-cart drive and steering type system. They built the car in their garage using simple tools such as circular saw, drill press, hand jigsaw and a 110 Mig welder. The rolled panels were accomplished using a homemade roller, which consisted of a pipe sitting on wood. The basic materials are 16-gauge steel and 3/4-inch plywood for the floor.

The Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance Foundation is proud to announce that this faithful reproduction of the iconic Cyclops II has been accepted into the 2014 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance to be held on June 8, 2014.



12/26/13 Check out this 1937 Cord 812 SC
We are pleased to announce that a 1937 Cord 812 SC has been accepted into the 2014 Ault Park Concours on June 8,2014. Some specifics about this beautiful automobile are as follows:

• First supercharged Cord ever shown to the public

• Sold at the International Auto Show in Canada to an architectural engineer, moved from Quebec across Canada to Vancouver, and finally to Washington State.

• Purchased in 1972 in Washington, in poor condition, after collision with an elk.

• Restoration work was started and stopped numerous times due to various family requirements

• Completed in 2011. Won Best Cord, Auburn 2011 and 2012; Most Perfect Cord ever shown 2012; Best in Class, Amelia; Best in Class, Louisville ; Special Judge Award, Glenmore

This sleek classic owes its beautiful lines to designer Gordon Buehrig, who is revered in the auto world as the man most responsible for leading Detroit out of the boxy age of the Model T. His design theory was influenced by Le Corbusier, the French modernist. "That helped me formulate my theory of design," says Buehrig. "Never do anything without a good reason to do it. A beautiful automobile gets its form from its function."

With his retirement from the Ford Motor Co. in July 1965, Gordon Buehrig became the last of the great individual classic era designers to leave active participation with an automobile company. He will best be remembered for his stunning 810/812 series front-wheel-drive Cords, but he was also responsible for the appearance of more examples of cars loved and collected by classic enthusiasts than any other designer. Upon his retirement from Ford, Buehrig was asked to teach a course in plastics at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He taught there five years.

Not only has Buehrig received accolades from nearly every automotive publication in the country, but also he has the distinction of having his 810 Cord recognized by the Museum of Modern Art. In 1951, the museum printed in its catalogue "the originality of the conception and the skill with which its several parts have been realized makes it one of the most powerful designs in the exhibition...." His designs will remain some of the most powerful in automotive history.



11/27/13 Ault Park Concours offers the PERFECT holiday gift for car enthusiasts!
The Ault Park Concours is pleased to offer advance 2014 car show tickets, for a limited time at the holiday price of $15.00 per ticket (regularly $ 25.00 per ticket) with no minimum purchase required.

Each ticket comes in a holiday envelope for gift-giving. As a thank-you gift from the Concours, each Holiday Ticket purchased will be receive a 2014 souvenir poster day-of-show.

This holiday offer is available until December 31, 2013, but in order to receive these tickets for gift-giving, orders must be submitted by Sunday, December 15, to ensure delivery by December 24. To order your tickets today, please go to http://cincyconcours.donordrive.com/event/holidaytix


09/02/13 - Check Out our new YouTube Channel!
We are very excited to announce the creation of the Ault Park Concours YouTube Channel. Check out the latest videos and up to date information about what is going on in the world of great automobiles. A couple of videos that we are particularly proud of are the 2013 Ault Park Concours d'Elegance Car Parade and the Concours d'Elegance Youth Judges at Ault Park Concours in Cincinnati. The link to our channel is here. Links to these videos and more can also be found on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/aultparkconcours . Sign up for Facebook and “LIKE” our page for more great information in the car world.


08/19/13 - The Ault Park Concours mourns the loss of one of its founding committee members, Bill Victor.


William Kelly Victor, (Bill), a nationally recognized authority on classic, sports and collector cars and an organizer of Cincinnati's premier annual car show, the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance, died Thursday, August 15, 2013, at the age of 64, after fighting a rare form of cancer for more than a decade.


In 1978, Bill helped launch the inaugural Concours d'Elegance, which raises money for the Arthritis Foundation. During the show's 36 years, Bill volunteered on many committees, including car recruiter, judge, and was chairman twice. However, he was best known for the role of Master of Ceremonies during the awards ceremony. His exceptional knowledge of every make and model of car made him the ideal presenter of a first place trophy to a car owner. In a friendly, informative manner, Bill discussed each winning car's history and distinctive qualities, often surprising a car owner with tidbits of new information. As of last year, the top car is now presented with the "William K. Victor Best of Show" trophy, in honor of Bill and his long-standing support of the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance car show.

Born May 8, 1949, Bill was raised in Mt. Washington, graduated from Withrow High School in 1967, and was a walk-on basketball player his freshman year at the University of Louisville. He left school before finishing to start a career selling electroplating chemicals to industrial firms. He got married during this time period, but it was brief as his wife was tragically killed in a car accident. Eventually, he returned to college and graduated with a business degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1977. He bought a small company, Abrasives Specialties Inc., which he ran for several years, but then sold to a friend.

In the mid-1980s, Bill learned of a new business model/concept that was being applied to the age-old junkyard car business. With the backing of investors he started Sportscar Recyclers, using the new approach of buying wrecked cars, disassembling them, saving and cleaning parts of value, shrink-wrapping and re-selling them. A customer could find a needed part inside a clean building, rather than outside buried in a field of junked cars. Bill selected a few models of sports cars to start with knowing they were the types of cars most likely to be restored. Even though he gave Sportscar Recyclers his best effort, Bill realized the concept was ahead of its time and moved on.

Bill's next career found him in his dream job. Through his long association with the Concours d'Elegance, he was hired to manage a private car collection. He helped research, restore and maintain a unique collection of foreign sports and racing cars. Taking select cars to prestigious car shows across the country, from the iconic Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in California, to the Cavallino Classic at the famous Breakers Hotel Palm Beach, Florida, were just a few of the perks and highlights.

In 2002, Bill was diagnosed with chordoma, a rare form of spinal cancer. He endured many surgeries, radiation treatments, and a variety of complications. His final legacy is the donation of his chordoma tumors for research to help advance the search for a cure. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill's name can be made to the Chordoma Foundation, PO Box 2127, Durham, NC 27702. www.chordomafoundation.org

Bill is survived by his wife Helena Latkiewicz Victor; children Max, Alexis, and Jack; parents William W. and Patricia K. Victor; sister Jill (Norbert) Buelsing and their children Kelly (Blake) Schnebly and Michael: brother Greg (Rekha Shukla) Victor and their children Nikhil and Peter, all of whom loved him dearly. He was predeceased by his first wife, Carole Jo Fox, in 1972.

A Celebration of Life /Memorial service will be held at a place and date to be determined.

  

06/12/13 - Another Great Show
The Cincinnati Concours Foundation would like to thank all who helped make this year's show a huge success.

This year we were blessed with great weather, well attended fundraiser parties and the highest attendance in the history of the show. Over 6000 people chose to spend their Sunday attending one of the country's premier car shows.

We would like to express a special thank you to our Master of Ceremonies, Ed Lucas, who did a wonderful job. Another big thanks to Rookwood Pottery for partnering with us in creating the unique Best of Show trophies and to CCI Design for sponsoring these amazing works of art.


We were pleased to once again have the prestigious Best of Show awards presented by Bill Victor. No one involved with the show has a broader or deeper knowledge of all vintages and makes of automobiles than Bill.

Pictured are our two Best of Show winners and the trophies presented to them. The Best of Show Concours d'Elegance winner is Peter T. Boyle from Oil City, PA and the Best of Show Esprit de Sport winner is Robert A. Ingram from Durham, N.C. Please check back for the photos of all our winning classes of this year’s show. We'll begin posting them soon under the Gallery link.


The dinner and live auction held this year at the Crosley Estate was a huge success as was the garage party and silent auction held at Porsche of the Village. Those participating in the Countryside Tour brought a great selection of cars both old and new and enjoyed viewing the American Sign Museum.

An added feature of the weekend festivities was a seminar presented by Dave McLellan, Corvette Chief Engineer from 1975 - 1992, and featuring the new 2014 C7 Corvette. This was held at the Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum.

All of our efforts to raise money for Juvenile Arthritis would not be successful without the support of our very generous sponsors, our loyal attendees and our dedicated volunteers. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of all those touched by this disease.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year over the Concours weekend scheduled for June 6, 7 and 8th, 2014.

06/10/13 - Announcing the winner of the Porsche Sport Driving School Experience.
Congratulations to Mark Kosobud of Cincinnati, OH, winner of the Porsche Sport Driving School Experience! Mark will enjoy the ultimate driving experience during his two-day course conducted by one of the nation’s finest professional driving instructors. He will also receive $1,500 toward travel expenses and lodging at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa in Birmingham, AL. To complete the experience, Mark and his guest will visit the famed Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

The Ault Park Concours wishes to thank everyone who purchased tickets for this fundraiser raffle. Your support will make a real difference in the lives of children with juvenile arthritis and their families.


06/04/13 - Corvette C7 Photo-op From our friends the Tri-State Chevy Dealers comes this:
Your Tri-State Chevy Dealers are proud sponsors of The Ault Park Concours d'Elegance - a nationally recognized car show that highlights some of the most spectacular automobiles and motorcycles of all time.

Don't miss this spectacular event June 7th - 9th. See the special display: “Corvette: 60 Years of An American Icon”, get this awesome Corvette poster by stopping by the Chevrolet display and get your photo taken with the new Corvette C7!

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05/14/13 - Porsche Driving School Instructor, Owen Trinkler will be at the Porsche display on Sunday to talk about the “Ultimate Driving Experience”  This second generation driver has followed in his father’s footsteps, and began his racing career at the age of ten. He is a proven winner with over 19 years of racing experience ranging from formula cars to sports cars and even NASCAR Supertrucks.

One of his many of accomplishments includes being chosen out of hundreds to be one of the twenty-five young drivers in the USA to participate in the distinguished Team Green’s Indy Car Academy Scholarship in 1996. In 1997, Owen finished in the top ten in the prestigious Rolex 24 hours of Daytona and at the 12 hours of Sebring. With his return to road racing in the American Le Mans Series in 2001, he competed with a Chevrolet Corvette in LMGT at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Owen captured victories in 2002 and 2003 in the Rolex Sportscar Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series.

Throughout his many years of racing and instructor experience, he brings a tremendous amount of knowledge along with youth and enthusiasm to the Porsche Sport Driving School.

For your chance to win a trip for you and a friend to this exciting experience (click here) to purchase a raffle ticket. $50 / 3 for $100




04/11/13 - ATTENTION: As of today, 16 States and one European country will be represented at this years’ Ault Park Concours d'Elegance.  We are very excited to announce that as of today cars and motorcycles from sixteen states and one from Munich, Germany have been invited to the 2013 Concours.

One of the cars you can expect to see is a 1957 Fuel Injected Corvette coming in from Dedham, Massachusetts. 1957 was the first year for Rochester Ramjet fuel injection. Only 1040 fuel injected 1957 Corvettes were made out of a total product run of 6339.

Another great vehicle coming in from Pennsylvania is a 1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Cabriolet . The Austrian based Steyr-Puch Company produced the 220 from 1935 through 1941. This vehicles features a streamlined body designed by Karl Jenschke and manufactured by Glaser in Dresden.

Our German attendee will be showing a 1978 Monteverdi High Speed Sedan. The Monteverdi is a Swiss brand of luxury cars created in 1967 by Peter Monteverdi. Only about 30 of this particular Monteverdi were built.

We are looking forward to over 200 cars and motorcycles participating in this year’s show.


04/09/13 - Ault Park Concours and Rookwood Pottery announce partnership on two Best of Show trophies beginning in 2013
                                             
Ault Park Concours d’Elegance is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Cincinnati based Rookwood Pottery Company. Rookwood has been commissioned to create two Best of Show trophies for this year’s event. Rookwood Pottery was started in Cincinnati and has a long history of being a company that carries an international reputation for ceramic excellence. Cincinnatians are very proud of Rookwood as an extraordinary piece of our heritage and the Concours is honored to present our top collectors with a trophy that is such an iconic piece of Cincinnati history.

Our Best of Show trophies are sponsored by another Cincinnati company, CCI Design. Dan Cotton, owner of CCI Design and a member of the Ault Park Concours committee, explains his interest in sponsoring these one of a kind trophies is rooted in his life long passion for car design as well as his more recent professional focus on designing heirloom quality homes for clients..

CCI Design is focused on the design and documentation of new homes as well as the rehabilitation of significant existing homes throughout Cincinnati. In this pursuit, Dan has come to appreciate the tradition of excellence and inspiring designs that Rookwood continually creates. CCI incorporates this same philosophy to each project it accepts. Dan appreciates the opportunity to be involved in the remaking of the Concours d’Elegance trophies that serve to highlight beautiful and timeless examples of automotive design.

The process used to produce these amazing works of art begin with artist renderings based on the concepts given to him by the Concours. The artist then uses his creative vision to come up with a design that expresses the essence of how we at the Concours want to honor our top collectors. After the design is approved, the artist/craftsman then sculpts the tile in clay to generate a mold that will yield the final product. Rookwood’s glaze chemists will work closely with the artist to develop a different color scheme for each of the two Best of Show trophies. The artist will hand paint the trophy tile, giving each trophy its own unique characteristics. We are honored to award the Best of Show Concours d’Elegance and the Best of Show Esprit de Sport with trophies that are historic as well as artistic.




02/28/13 - Sign up now for the Hagerty Operation Ignite! Youth Judging Program. In 2011, we implemented the Hagerty Operation Ignite! Youth Judging Program at our Concours. In partnership with Hagerty Insurance, we are sparking the interest and excitement in future generations of car enthusiasts and owners. We once again will be privileged to have the program in 2013 and are seeking up to 20 Young Judges to take part. The age range is 8-15 years old, and no prior experience is necessary.

Hagerty provides the official judging gear including t-shirts, hats and scorecards and will help teach the young judges about the cars and basic judging skills. A small group of cars will be pre-selected to be evaluated by the young judges, who will also present awards to their top three place finishers. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with car owners, carefully inspect each car and make the determination of their favorites.

This is a supervised activity which takes place from approximately 10AM-1PM on the day of the Concours, June 9, 2013. Each young judge will receive two complimentary admission tickets - one for themselves and one for a parent/guardian. They will also have their pictures taken for promotional purposes, participate in the Concours award ceremony and will get to keep all provided judging gear. Both the 2011 and 2012 programs received highly positive comments from the young judges, their parents, owners of judged cars, Concours personnel and the Youth Judging team and we look forward to another successful program at the 2013 Concours. rs.

If your child is interested in participating, please contact Michael Kelly at 513-232-1129 or mkelly11@cinci.rr.com. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis until we reach our maximum of 20 participants. Additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list in case one of the earlier applicants is unable to judge on the day of the Concours. For more information on the Youth Judging program and other Hagerty Operation Ignite! youth initiatives, click herehere





02/25/13 - Reliable Carriers signs on as 2013 Ault Park Concours official car transport sponsor.  
Reliable Carriers returns as the official transport sponsor for the 2013 Ault Park Concours. Reliable Carriers will be partnering with the Concours to bring some prized vehicles from multiple museums in the Midwest region for display at the June 9th show. The Ault Park Concours is proud to be associated with Reliable Carriers, the country’s largest enclosed auto transport company serving auto collectors for over 50 years.

Reliable Carriers invites Ault Park Concours exhibitors to entrust shipment of their outstanding vehicles to Reliable’s superior fleet. Reliable Carriers has been serving the 48 contiguous United States and the farthest reaches of Canada. Whether it’s for a Concours event, auto auction transport, antique auto transport, classic car transport, a relocation, corporate event, or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another Reliable Carriers, Inc. provides fully enclosed, door-to-door auto transport, in our air-ride equipped transporters with $5 million worth of insurance on every single load – standard, and GPS satellite tracking.

The Reliable Carriers trailer will once again serve as the site for the Ault Park Concours exhibitor hospitality center. Be sure to visit the Reliable drivers for continental breakfast and refreshments throughout the show. See firsthand why their state of the art equipment should be your preferred choice for future transport needs. ds.

We are Reliable Carriers – Vehicles taken seriously – Request an auto transport quote on-line today  or call toll free: 800-521-6393.

02/20/13 - Porsche of the Village sponsors the opportunity for one lucky driver to live their automotive fantasy at the Porsche Sport Driving School USA.

“Ultimate Porsche Driving Experience” Raffle Sponsored by
http://www.porscheofthevillage.com/

Porsche Sport Driving School USA - Birmingham, AL     www.porschedriving.com

Feel What a Porsche Can Really Do…
Purchase tickets (click here) $50 / 3 for $100 for your chance to win:

PORSCHE SPORT DRIVING SCHOOL USA
• One 2-day driving course for one driver
-Or -
• Two 1-day courses for two drivers - Both men and women are encouraged to attend.

• $1,500 for travel expenses & lodging at Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa, Birmingham, AL

• Complimentary hotel transportation to/from Birmingham International Airport & Barber Motorsports Park

• Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Tour

What You Can Expect at Porsche Sport Driving School…
You will pilot the latest Porsche models; Carrera S, Boxster S, Panamera GTS and Cayenne S and experience the incomparable Porsche 911 Turbo. PSDS isn’t just for novices, and it isn’t just for veteran drivers either; it’s for anyone with a love of performance vehicles and a desire to learn something new and exciting. At PSDS, you will enjoy more track time than at any other school and leave with a newly found addiction to performance driving.

The most intensive and comprehensive curriculum available- le-
Whether you drive a Porsche or not, you will be exposed to the most highly refined performance training methods and techniques available. You will become a more efficient and safer driver whether you are interested in formal racing or just participating in club events.

PSDS features Porsche Certified professional instructors-
The staff of 50 instructors, are the some of the most qualified, patient and knowledgeable in the business. All of the instructors are top professional drivers who are certified by Porsche and who earn their living in this business.

The best facility in North America-
Barber Motorsports Park host the IndyCar Series, the GrandAm Series and the AMA Superbike Series and is regarding as being one of the most beautiful race tracks in the world. Often referred to as the Augusta of racetracks, it is exciting and challenging to drive, making it a great place to learn high performance driving and racing skills. With 2.38 miles, 16 turns and over 80 feet of elevation changes, its demands will keep your attention. The Barber Vintage Museum, located at the circuit, is a world class facility with over 1000 vehicles on display.

A fleet of over 45 new Porsche vehicles-les-
As the only Official Porsche driving school in North America, PSDS offers you the opportunity to experience all of the current models available. Learn more about your current Porsche or experience the capability of these incredible machines in the ultimate test drive.

More track time No other school even comes close!
PSDS believes that you should learn from behind the wheel. Each day starts with a brief classroom session, but then it’s off to the track and training facilities for the rest of the day. : For more details go to: www.porschedriving.com.

02/19/13 - Ault Park Concours to preview 2013 show at the Auto Expo. Cincinnati’s Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, one of the most anticipated annual automobile events in the region, will be exhibiting a special display of vehicles at the Cincinnati Auto Expo. The display will include a 1963 Porsche 356B Cabriolet and a 2012 McLaren MP4-12C. The Auto Expo is February 20-24, 2013, at the Duke Energy Convention Center, Downtown, Cincinnati. The Concours display will be located in the lobby at booth L-5 next to the Auto Expo main entrance and ticket booth.



01/08/13 - Ault Park Concours announces the 2013 co-chairs. The 2013 Concours co-chairs are Dave Sheehy and Mark Fisk. Fisk and Sheehy have co- chaired the Ault Park Concours together on three previous occasions.

Mr. Sheehy is a life-long car enthusiast, with nearly twenty-five years of volunteer service to the Ault Park Concours. Sheehy has served as Chairman of the Ault Park Concours Car Selection for nearly twenty of those years, and has co-chaired the Ault Park Concours on eight occasions. His board leadership includes the Board of Trustees for The Arthritis Foundation, the Show’s beneficiary. In 1996 Mr. Sheehy was recognized with the Ohio River Valley Arthritis Foundation Chapter Chairman’s Award for his commitment to the Ault Park Concours and the Foundation’s mission. Sheehy is currently Board Chairman of the Cincinnati Concours Foundation, the 501(c) 3 organization which operates the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance.

Mr. Fisk has been involved with the Ault Park Concours in a variety of capacities for over two decades and is currently serving as Vice-President of the Cincinnati Concours Foundation Board. He is passionate about Porsches, having owned and restored a number of vintage Porsches throughout his life. He is currently restoring a 1961 Porsche 356. Left to right: Mark Fisk, resident of East Walnut Hills; Dave Sheehy, resident of Hyde Park.


Photo credit: Dennis Cohen

11/14/12 - Ault Park Concours announces the 2013 co-chairs for “Cruisin’ for a Cure” Dinner & Live Auction The Ault Park Concours d’ Elegance is pleased to announce the 2013 co-chairs of the “Cruisin’ for a Cure” Dinner & Live Auction. Ann Keeling of Anderson Township returns for her third year as co-chair accompanied by Kathy Beechem of Mt. Adams. The fundraising event benefiting Juvenile Arthritis will be held at 7pm, Friday, June 7, 2013, at The Pinecroft Mansion on The Crosley Estate.. A limited number of tickets at $145 per person will be available starting in early spring.

Pictured left to right: Event Co-Chairs Kathy Beechem of Mt. Adams and Ann Keeling of Anderson Township. Photo taken at Porsche of the Village, Plainville Road, near Mariemont.



10/18/12 - 1938 Lincoln admitted into the 2013 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance Be sure to see this 1 of 416 Lincoln Model K’s built in 1938 and one of very few with custom coachwork. The car is the third example built for the 1938 model year. It was shipped by boat to Buffalo on October 11, 1937 and delivered to the Brunn workshop one month later. It was originally built for Walter Weiss, founder of the Sterling Drug Company in Pittsburgh. Details like the teardrop shaped running boards, rear wheel skirts, and V windshield accent Brunn’s custom design and are sure to catch the eyes of many car enthusiasts. This car is full of luxurious “extras” including: roll down rear quarter windows, chrome covers which drop over the window slots when the windows are down, fold down rear seat armrest, swing out brackets for an extra luggage trunk, a heater, beautiful interior woodwork and art deco instrumentation.

The car was in the collection of several prominent east coast collectors until the late 1970’s when it was acquired by Ernest Stern of Pittsburgh. While in his care, the car was treated to a complete restoration, and remained in his collection until his death in 1996. It was purchased by Colorado collector Roger Wilbanks in 2000, and was shown by Mr. Wilbanks at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2003. It has since been freshened with a new top, new upholstery, a thorough detailing of the engine bay, rebuilt carburetor and new fuel tank .

A CCCA National First Prize winner, the car recently won First-in-Class at the 2012 Amelia Island Concours. It has been brought home to Pittsburgh where it previously resided with both Mr. Weiss and Mr. Stern.



10/09/12 - Another Peek at the 2013 Ault Park Concours Photo Shoot oot Two weeks ago we gave you our first behind-the-scenes look at our photo shoot with Gary Kessler at Ault Park Pavilion. Here’s another sneak peek of what you might find in this year’s ads and poster!

1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Super Speedster

Fun facts:

• Light-weight model for road and racing
• The windshield is removable for racing
• 2911 were produced in 1956-1958
• Has the Super 90 engine giving it 90hp instead of the standard 75hp
• This is a numbers matching car and was delivered with white wall tires and an extra pair of side curtains

In 1979 Kurt Niemeyer’s parents traded in a VW Super Beetle Convertible and a ’66 Mustang Convertible for this beautiful red Porsche 356. The car had two previous owners, who kept it in great condition, in the mild weather of Tennessee. The only restoration work done has been to re-paint the outer shell. When we asked Kurt what he likes most about the car he said, “Everything! It is just a joy to drive. Very nimble and light.”

This 356 has been to our show several times and was even featured on the 2001 poster. Thanks, Kurt, for sharing this great example of Porsche’s road car heritage with us!


09/20/12 - Sneak Peek at the 2013 Ault Park Concours Photo Shoot This year the featured marque is Porsche: From Road to Racing. The Concours was lucky enough to have two local car owners allow Gary Kessler to photograph their beautiful cars at the idyllic Ault Park Pavilion. Here’s a sneak peek of what you might find in this year’s ads and poster!

1964 Porsche Carrera GTS 904
Fun facts:

• Only 116 904’s were produced
• First fiberglass race car. The body is glued to the frame to increase rigidity.
• The original owner raced it in Germany

A U.S. serviceman brought it back to the states sometime in the 1970’s and the car somehow made it to North Carolina, where in the late 80’s Ken Allison found it wrecked and in pieces. Growing up, Ken always thought this was a very attractive car. He was not alone. It is sometimes known as the “prettiest Porsche” and another admirer said, “If you can’t see hips and legs in that car there is something wrong with you!” Ken put the car away for 12 years, until 2000 when with the help of the internet he was able to contact the factory to get blue prints for the frame. The first shop to start restoration was Die Werkstatt in Dayton, Ohio, and the restoration was completed by Coachwerks in Cincinnati.

In 2008 the car won the Race Car Class 1960-1970 at Amelia Island. Thanks, Ken, for sharing this great example of Porsche’s racing heritage with us!


08/21/12 - First car admitted into the 2013 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance. This Chevrolet Corvette from Maine is a great fit for the CORVETTE: 60 Years of an American Icon Special Display. It is a very rare Vette, 1957 being the first year that fuel injection was offered for any American car. What makes it even more special is that it came loaded with every option Chevrolet offered for early 57 Corvettes. While most "fuelies" were stripped down racers with no options, this particular car features a power top and windows, a radio, courtesy lights and more. This car has won either Best in Class or Best in Show each time it has been displayed, including a few big wins at the Greenwich, Newport, and North Shore Concours events last year. How will it place at this year’s Ault Park Concours? Join us June 9th to find out!



08/17/12 - Venue for the 2013 Cruisin’ for a Cure Dinner and Live Auction Announced! The Pinecroft Mansion, located on the 16.9 acre Crosley Estate, was built in the 1920’s and has recently been opened to the public. Surrounded by hundreds of established oak, maple and evergreen trees and a lovely lake, this Tudor revival style home is the breathtaking venue of the 2013 Cruisin’ for a Cure Dinner and Live Auction. Many exciting features are being planned for this event, including guided tours of the home, a festive cocktail party featuring hors d’oeuvres and open bar, and a sit-down dinner followed by an exciting live auction. Be sure to join us June 7th 2013 to view this exclusive Cincinnati treasure!



08/02/12 - More photos are on line!ine! We have added photos of the Motorcade, Friday Gala, Countryside Tour, Garage Party and Around the Concours. We have also updated the artists pictures to include all of the artists.

07/12/12 - Ault Park Concours d’Elegance celebrates 2012 event & announces 2013 show.Click here to see the press release.

07/06/12 - Winning artists' photos are on line! We have added photos of the first, second and third place winners in the Will Sherman Art Show to the Illustrated Entry list. Pictures of the rest of the artists will be posted soon. click here

07/03/12 - Photos are coming on line! We are starting to put photos in our 2012 Gallery. First up are the Awards show and the illustrated entry list. Others will follow soon. click here

06/11/12 - Congratulations to Rob Thornton of Cincinnati, winner of the Ultimate L.A. Car Experience Raffle Rob and three friends will receive a private tour of Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage; access to The Nethercutt Museum and Collection including a tour of the museum’s restoration shop; a behind the scenes tour of The Petersen Automotive Museum; and a private tour of the new Mullin Automotive Museum.

06/01/12 - Free off-site parking available for Sunday's event. Remote parking for the June 10 event will be located at 3650 Redbank Road with shuttle service to Ault Park every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. sponsored by AAA. On site parking at Ault Park and surrounding areas will be extremely limited; visitors are encouraged to park at the nearby remote location.

05/16/12 - Ault Park Concours Concours d'Elegance discounted tickets are available online. Click here to see the press release.

05/07/12 - Effective today, the VIP Brunch is sold out for 2012. Due to the overwhelming demand all of the tickets for the VIP brunch have been sold.

05/07/12 - Reserved parking available for Ferrari Club Owners. Contact Michael Kelly at mkelly11@cinci.rr.com to reserve your Ferrari’s parking slot as our limited space permits.

04/26/12 - New to the 2012 Concours: Sunday VIP Brunch. We are pleased to announce that we have added a VIP Sunday brunch catered by noted Cincinnati area chef, Jeff Thomas. The brunch will be served on the south end of the historic Ault Park Pavilion. The menu includes a buffet of mixed greens with strawberries, avocado, almonds and feta, ancho rubbed chicken, tilapia tacos, grilled chopped vegetables in salsa vinaigrette with anchego cheese and orzo, as well as coffee and dessert. To buy your tickets to the delicious brunch, only $35, click here.ere.



04/18/12 - The Ault Park Concours adds an additional feature marque class and best of show award.The Ault Park Concours d’Elegance announces the addition of “Dealer Specials” as its sixth class to this year’s featured marque, A Century of American Power. The marque represents an exceptional display of classic high-powered American automobiles, as a tribute to the performance leaders through the decades. The remaining five classes under the featured marque are Brass Era Antiques, Classic Power, Post-War Power, Muscle Car Era and Retro Muscle.<br> <br> New to the show for 2012 is the Best of Show Esprit de Sport designation that will be awarded to the sporting vehicle that best exemplifies the spirit of performance and sports motoring. Cars that are eligible for this designation include competition cars or streetcars designed for speed and performance, which are intended to be driven in a sporting manner.ner.<br> <br> There will also be special displays of historic dragsters, vintage wooden boats and a celebration of Morris Garage, MG. The Ault Park Concours includes twelve other classes of classic, vintage and exotic automobiles and motorcycles. <a class=" links" href="press.asp">click here.

04/12/12 - 1970 Baldwin-Motion Chevy Maco Shark Corvette accepted into the 2012 Ault Park Concours. This might be the most amazing Corvette barn find ever. The car was discovered when the owner was clearing out cars from the auto body shop he was renting. Stashed away was the hulk of an unusual Corvette, one of three yellow Motion Can-Am Spyder Corvettes built. Be sure to check out this restored beauty at Ault Park, June 10th 2012.



04/10/12 - 1959 Stanguellini Monoposto Formula Junior joining the 2012 Ault Park Concours. The Stanguellini is the most successful Formula Junior car ever built. It dominated Formula Junior in its first two years, 1958 and 1959, racking up over 40 national, and international, victories, plus several major championships

The Stanguellini was designed by Ing Alberto Massimino, who modeled it after his famous Maserati 250F Formula One car. Many consider this car to be one of the most beautiful Formula Juniors ever constructed. During the 1990’s Epifani Restorations of Berkeley, California undertook a meticulous six year restoration and it has since been sold twice. Come see this super fast champion at this year’s show!



04/05/12 - 1973 Baldwin-Motion Chevy Camaro accepted into the 2012 Ault Park Concours. The biggest and baddest Chevrolet supercar creator was Long Island's Baldwin Chevrolet, working in combination with Joel Rosen's Motion Performance speed shop located nearby. These cars were rigorously "tested" by the shop crews on the street and strip and the Motion supercar ads once claimed its vehicles let you "take an attitude". Come see this extreme performer as part of the Century of American Power, Dealer Specials at the Concours, June 10th.



04/03/12 - 1931 Mercedes Benz Mannheim 370S from Kemp Auto Museum to be in 2012 Concours. rs. One of the least-seen models of prewar Mercedes-Benz cars, the Mannheim 370S Sport Cabriolet resulted from the merger of Daimler and Benz in 1926. The 370S model was produced in Stuttgart rather than in Mannheim, and because of the increasingly hard-hit economy, only 183 units were built before production was discontinued in 1933.



03/29/12 - 1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra 2-Door hardtop joining the 2012 Concours at Ault Park The car was ordered from Swendson Ford in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1968 for the sole purpose of being a pure racecar. Its life at the races lasted several years and was retired in 1973. Because the car was destined for racing, it was ordered with a very rare set of options. The Marti report defines this car as 1 of 86 with these Paint, Trim, Engine and Trans codes!! After the car was retired, it spent 24 years garaged, and the body and paint restoration began in late 2006. This vehicle is in as pristine shape as any 43-year-old car can be. Come check it out June 10th!



03/27/12 - The Ault Park Concours has redefined the class for Future Classics. The Ault Park Concours has redefined the class for Future Classics, by dividing it into a class for earlier cars (1975 – 2000) and a class for later cars (2000 – present). For a complete list of all of the classes click here.

03/27/12 - 1958 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark III has been accepted into the 2012 Ault Park Concours 1958 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark III has been accepted into the 2012 Ault Park Concours. The original owners ordered the car after a trip to the Gucci store and asked for the interior to be matched to the leather Gucci shoes they had just purchased! The car was used as daily transportation and raced as well. This car was purchased in 1962 by the current owner’s mother who also drove it daily until 1976. After being garaged for years, an extensive restoration was done and now the car is as close to its original appearance as possible. Come see the Gucci Aston at Ault Park!



03/26/12 - A sixth class has been added under the 2012 featured theme. For a complete list of all of the classes click here.

03/22/12 - 1937 Cadillac V16 Custom Imperial Cabriolet by Fleetwood joining our growing list of excellent cars! 1937 Cadillac V16 Custom Imperial Cabriolet by Fleetwood joining our growing list of excellent cars! This particular V16 Fleetwood Custom Imperial Cabriolet was purchased new for specific Hollywood events and delivered to the Beverly Hills home of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Vice President and General Manager Edgar “Eddie” Mannix, as supported by the original delivery card. While less than 50 V16 Cadillacs were built for 1937, this is one of just two Series 90 Fleetwood Custom Imperial Cabriolets built with a modified “V” windshield and, as such, is a very rare car indeed. What’s more, this V16 is understood to be the most expensive car sold by General Motors in 1937, comparable in price to several exclusive private homes. Well maintained its entire life, it remains in remarkable original condition, right down to the luxurious original upholstery enjoyed by top MGM stars. It is an excellent candidate for any show of classic American automobiles



03/21/12 - On-line ticket sales for all Concours weekend events are now available. Check out our updated Schedule page. click here.

03/20/12 - Ault Park Concours announces the acceptance of a 1925 REO T6 Roadster. 1 of only 10 produced! Ault Park Concours announces the acceptance of this 1925 REO T6 Roadster. 1925 was the first year the REO Motor Company made a roadster and only 10 were manufactured and sold that year. This REO has all the original parts from the factory and the paint is restored to the original factory colors, and the restoration won a national first place at Hershey Pa. in the AACA. Don’t miss this rare beauty on June 10th.



03/15/12 - Rare 1948 Cadillac Convertible has been accepted into the 2012 Ault Park Concours. Rare 1948 Cadillac Convertible has been accepted into the 2012 Ault Park Concours. As World War II came to an end, Cadillac again turned its attention on producing cars. Development began immediately on the first all-new postwar Cadillac, led by the Series 61 and 62 models. Cadillac introduced the first rear fins in 1948 and this design theme would remain, in various treatments, for more than a decade. It is estimated that around 100 examples of the Convertible Coupe remain in existence.



03/15/12 - The Ault Park Concours’ official carrier, Reliable Carriers, offers outstanding service and special pricing for Ault Park Concours exhibitors. Getting From There to Here

Should your prized vehicle be selected to be shown at Ault Park Concours d’Elegance, you’ll be participating in one of the country’s most premiere exhibition events. So arranging transportation is one of those tasks better addressed sooner than later so you can enjoy peace of mind and proceed with all the other details that go into attending the exhibition.

With more than 50 years of experience, and a large fleet of enclosed, air-ride equipped transporters commanded by trusted drivers, Reliable Carriers, the official carrier of Ault Park, offers unequalled, dependable service.

Those needing to transport classic and antique cars can rely on Reliable Carriers’ fleet for a complete range of transportation services. They can provide trucks that are fully enclosed, with air-ride suspensions that keep vibration to an absolute minimum. Trucks also feature double drop floors, seven-car capacity with an upper deck for additional storage, nose cone for clearance, advanced lift gates, independent articulating racks, and climate control.

The addition of GPS satellite tracking allows Reliable to I.D. the specific location of any transport, 24/7/365. From the edge of the Arctic Circle straight into the Mexican interior, Reliable constantly monitors the location of its fleet. This allows them to make the best use of time, and keep customers accurately informed. In addition, Reliable drivers maintain frequent contact with their customers along the way.

Reliable also provides $5 million dollars worth of insurance coverage on the contents of every trailer — standard. You’ll get comprehensive coverage that’s designed to instill confidence when important vehicles are under a Reliable driver’s care.

It’s important to feel confident about your vehicle deliveries. That’s why you should fully research the carrier company you’re considering. You can learn more about Reliable Carriers on the web at reliablecarriers.com.



03/15/12 - 2012 Ault Park Concours d’Elegance discounted tickets now available online Individual event tickets & packages are now available at a pre-show discount... click here. A Weekend Event ticket package is available for $230, a savings of $ 40 (and includes Friday night’s fundraising dinner, Saturday’s Garage Party, as well as entrance to Sunday’s Concours and a new VIP brunch catered by Jeff Thomas. ); Countryside Tour tickets are $35 per car; Sunday-only pre-show individual tickets are $ 20 or 4 for $ 60; a new VIP show ticket with brunch is $50; day of show individual tickets are $ 25 each, student ticket $ 15 (with student ID). Children 12 and under are free.

03/05/12 - The Ault Park Concours and AAA launch the “Ultimate L.A. Car Experience" raffle featuring a private tour of Jay Leno’s Garage. The 2012 Ault Park Concours d'Elegance presents a rare and unique VIP car-lover's opportunity for a private tour of Tonight Show host Jay Leno's Big Dog Garage in Los Angeles, where his exclusive automobile and motorcycle collection is housed.Only 300 raffle tickets priced at $100 each are to be sold, with proceeds benefiting Juvenile Arthritis.

The winner of The Ultimate L.A. Car Experience will receive the following for four people: a private tour of Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage; exclusive access to The Nethercutt Museum and Collection which houses over 250 domestic and European rare automobiles and access to the museum’s restoration shop that has produced multiple Pebble Beach Concours winning automobiles; a behind the scenes tour of The Petersen Automotive Museum, featuring over 150 rare and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles; and a private tour of the new Mullin Automotive Museum, which celebrates the art deco movement and specializes in spectacular French automobiles such as Bugatti and Voisin (the 2011 Pebble Beach Best-of-Show winner comes from this collection). Click here for tickets and more details.



02/24/12 - The Ault Park Concours and Hagerty Insurance are proud to announce their partnership to promote greater youth participation in the Concours and car hobby. In 2011 we implemented the Hagerty Operation Ignite! Youth Judging program at our Concours. In partnership with Hagerty Insurance, we are trying to build enthusiasm in future generations of car enthusiasts and owners. We once again will be privileged to have the program in 2012 and are seeking up to 20 Youth Judges to take part. The age range is 8-15 years old, and no prior experience is necessary.

Hagerty provides the official judging gear including t-shirts, hats and scorecards and will help teach the young judges about the cars and basic judging skills. A small group of cars will be pre-selected to be evaluated by the young judges, who will also present awards to their top three place finishers. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with car owners, carefully inspect each car and make the determination of their favorites.

This is a supervised activity which takes place from approximately 10AM-1PM on the day of the Concours. Each young judge will receive two complimentary admission tickets - one for themselves and one for a parent/guardian. They will also have their pictures taken for promotional purposes, participate in the Concours award ceremony at 2:00 PM and will get to keep all provided judging gear. The 2011 program received highly positive comments from the young judges, their parents, owners of judged cars, Concours personnel and the Youth Judging team and we look forward to another successful program at the 2012 Concours.

If your child is interested in participating, please contact Michael Kelly at 513-232-1129 or mkelly11@cinci.rr.com. Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis until we reach our maximum of 20 participants. Additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list in case one of the earlier applicants is unable to judge on the day of the Concours. For more information on the Youth Judging program and other Hagerty Operation Ignite! youth initiatives, visit http://operationignite.hagerty.com/



12/08/11 - Announcing the Concours co-chairs for 2012. The 2012 event co-chairs are Michael Kelly and Rick Bieser. Michael Kelly chaired the 2011 Ault Park Concours, has been a member of the Ault Park Concours car selection committees for 7 years and has been exhibiting cars with the show since 1995. Michael is a Ferrari enthusiast and is the local representative for the Ferrari Club of America Ohio Chapter.

Rick Bieser has been involved with the Ault Park Concours as a car exhibitor since 1996. He is also involved with the Alfa Romeo Owner’s Club and the Ohio Valley Region Porsche Club.

Left to right: Rick Bieser, Indian Hill resident; Michael Kelly, Anderson Township resident.

Photo credit: Dennis Cohen



11/16/11 - Rare 1933 Duesenberg SJ will return to its Cincinnati roots for 2012 Ault Park Concours. One of the first cars accepted to represent A Century of American Power under the category, “Classic Power – Large Displacement & Supercharged 1925 – 1948”, is a rare 1933 Duesenberg SJ. One of only 45 Duesenbergs produced with a factory-installed supercharger, this beautiful closed coach was first ordered by Powell Crosley, who resided in Cincinnati, Ohio, and made his fortune in radio and electronics during the 1920s. He took delivery July 1, 1933. Of the 45 Model SJs produced, this is one of only five which were sold with enclosed bodies. This model sports a unique, highly placed and radically embossed belt line which drops down after the windshield. It is further highlighted by a small but dramatic triangular window that is located between the windshield and A-pillar. Unlike some, the model SJ-512 has always retained its original engine and its body has not been replaced or altered.
Photo and car history courtesy of ConceptCarz.com.



11/10/11 - Announcing the 2012 co-chairs for the “Cruisin’ for a Cure” dinner and live auction The Cincinnati Concours Foundation is pleased to announce Ann Keeling of Anderson and Diane Little of downtown Cincinnati as 2012 Co-chairs for the “Cruisin’ for a Cure” dinner and live auction to be held Friday, June 8, in the Club East Lounge at Paul Brown Stadium. Both Ann and Diane have been involved with the Ault Park Concours for many years and look forward to growing the event at this new location for the fundraiser party benefiting Juvenile Arthritis.



11/9/11 - Nominations for the 2012 Concours now underway A “Call for Nominations” was emailed to our car owner database today, initiating positive responses and numerous nominations. Car owners are encouraged to submit nominations early via our website. Click here for our convenient form and to email your electronic photos.

10/18/11 - The Cincinnati Concours Foundation mourns the loss of dear friend and supporter, Mr. Carl H. Lindner, Jr.  The Cincinnati Concours Foundation board and Ault Park Concours committee extend their sincere sympathies to the family of Carl H. Lindner, Jr. Carl was a true auto aficionado and friend of the Ault Park Concours. He enjoyed exhibiting his cars at the show, and his love for Rolls-Royces and Bentleys is celebrated with the annual Carl H. Lindner, Jr. Trophy awarded to the best Rolls-Royce / Bentley. Carl & Edyth’s generous sponsorship has played a key role in the success of the Concours. Posted below is one of the many fine automobiles Mr. Lindner exhibited at the Ault Park Concours – a 1979 Bearcat Stutz Convertible We will continue to honor Carl as an important member of the Concours family.



9/16/11 - Announcing the 2012 Ault Park Concours d'Elegance:  A Century of American Power. Click here.

7/13/11 – We are starting to post links to online articles about this years show. – Each year we get great coverage from local, regional and national publications. Click here.

7/8/11 – 2011 Concours Additional Galleries Now Online – We have added galleries of photos from the Motorcade and some from the Friday Night Gala here. Additional Gala photos and other galleries to follow soon.

7/7/11 - 2011 Ault Park Concours d'Elegance Celebrates Success – 34th Annual Event Boasted Record Attendance and the announcement of the 2012 show Click here.

6/29/11 – 2011 Concours Illustrated Entry List Now Online – We have posted the photos of all of the particpants in this years show. It includes all of the cars, fire trucks and new this year the artists! It is available here. Other galleries to follow soon.

6/23/11 – 2011 Concours Awards lists updated to include the Will Sherman Automotive Art Show winners are now available. – Complete lists of all al the Award Ceremonies winners as well as all of the Class winners are available here.

6/22/11 – 2011 Concours Photo Gallery Open for Viewing – We have started posting of the photos from each of our events this year. The first of our Galleries, the Award Ceremonies, is here. Other galleries to follow soon.

6/15/11 - Sadly we mourn the passing of one of our long time supporters, Mr. Charles Koch. Press Release Source: The Boston Beer Company On Wednesday June 15, 2011, 2:21 pm EDT BOSTON

It is with sadness that the Board of Directors of The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (NYSE-SAM) announces the death of one of its longest serving members, Charles Joseph Koch, Jr. at the family farm in Georgetown, Ohio on June 13, 2011.

The elder Mr. Koch was a guiding light for his oldest son, Jim, in the creation of The Boston Beer Company. He contributed his immense knowledge of brewing, as well as his sound business advice. But his greatest gift lay in an old trunk stored in his attic. That trunk contained family brewing memorabilia and beer recipes dating back to the 1800's. Indeed, he handed over to his son what he considered the best of the family beer recipes. That beer was first brewed in 1984 and soon appeared in taverns and restaurants in Boston under the name Samuel Adams Boston Lager. The success of Samuel Adams Boston Lager is widely credited as a catalyst for the American Craft Beer Revolution.

Mr. Koch was born in Cincinnati on November 14, 1922. He graduated from Withrow High School and the University of Cincinnati, where he majored in chemical engineering and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He became the fifth generation of eldest Koch sons to become a brewer. His career in brewing began in the beer industry's pre World War II time of many local small breweries and reached all the way to today's resurgent craft beer revolution. Mr. Koch apprenticed in some of Cincinnati's leading breweries of the day, including Wiedemann, Hudepohl, Burger, Bavarian and Schoenling Brewing Company. He also graduated from America's oldest brewing school, the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1948 and served as Brewmaster at the Wooden Shoe Brewery in Minster, Ohio. In coming full circle, The Boston Beer Company bought the Hudepohl-Schoenling Brewery in Cincinnati in 1996. At the conclusion of a major renovation to the renamed Samuel Adams Brewery in 2005, one of the brewery's two, new copper brew kettles was named in honor of Charles Koch.

Mr. Koch reluctantly left the beer business when he saw that the taste for full-flavored beers was on the wane. In 1958, he co-founded Chemicals, Inc., a distribution company of brewing and industrial chemicals in Cincinnati, Ohio and retired in 1987. He served as a member of The Boston Beer Company's first Board of Advisors and then on the Board of Directors from its initial public offering in 1995 until his death. In 1945, Charles Koch married Dorothy Kautz; they were married for 63 years. They have four children: Charles James (Jim), William, Lisa Green, and Susan Koch. He leaves 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his role in the American beer business, Mr. Koch was an avid collector of automobiles, both antique and modern. Every year he was a sponsor and supporter of the Ault Park Concours d'Elegance, one of the premier classic car events in the Midwest. Funeral services for Charles Joseph Koch are private. Donations in his memory can be made to the Georgetown High School Scholarship Foundation (c/o Eric Toole, 987 Mr. Orab Heights, Georgetown, Ohio 45121) or to the Cincinnati Concours Foundation (347 Stanley Avenue, Suite One West, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226).

6/12/11 - Winner of the Muscle Cars at the Mansion raffle. Congratulations to the winner of our Muscle Cars at the Mansion Raffle, Perry Johnston of Shelbyville, Kentucky, who held ticket number 0067. Thanks to all those who participated in the Raffle for helping the Concours in its mission to support the Arthritis Foundation and its Juvenile Arthritis programs.

5/25/11 - Don't forget, parking will be VERY limited at Ault Park. Due to increased planting, new construction within the park and our fire engine display, the number of parking spaces will be even more limited this year. Off site parking will be available. For maps to parking and all other venues click here.

4/20/11 - WNKU to broadcast live from the 2011 Ault Park Concours. WNKU’s “Big Red Racer,” a self proclaimed “red hot ride, ”makes its “official” season debut during the 34th Anniversary weekend of the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance show in Cincinnati, June 11-12.

The WNKU “Big Red Racer” will be a small part of WNKU’s live broadcast from Ault Park on Sunday, June 12th. WNKU’s Pam Temple and Debra Randall will broadcast live from the park from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and no doubt be playing music written around America’s love affair with the automobile. Both will feature interviews with a variety of attendees as they share the flavor of the event on 105.9, 89.7 and 104.1 – signals reaching to the north of Dayton, parts of eastern Indiana, east and southeastern Ohio, northeastern Kentucky and many western West Virginia counties including the Charleston, WV area.

“Big Red” is a 1957 Chevrolet Belair convertible with a fresh frame off restoration. The Matador Red Chevy features a 383 cubic inch small block Chevy engine with all the internal goodies, a Tremec 5 speed transmission, front disc brakes, and a custom matador red and black interior.

4/11/11 - This years Raffle announced. The annual Ault Park Concours d’ Elegance is offering a VIP travel package to Los Angeles, California, featuring exclusive entry to the annual “Muscle Cars at the Mansion” car show held at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills. Only 499 tickets at $100 each will be sold, with all proceeds benefiting Juvenile Arthritis. Tickets are available now, (click here). Buy your tickets now to secure your chances of winning this unique LA experience. Hollywood, Playboy Mansion, Playboy Bunnies & Muscle Cars: A Dream Weekend, is a four-day itinerary for two people and is valued at over $4,000. The package includes: two tickets to the exclusive Muscle Cars at the Mansion on Saturday, October 15, 2011, which includes VIP guided tours of Hugh Hefner’s game house, zoo, aviary and access to the Mansion pool, as well as all food and open bar; roundtrip airfare (limited to $ 1,000) from any continental US destination to Los Angeles, handled by AAA Travel; ground transportation to and from the airport and all scheduled events and four nights’ accommodations & a special reserved poolside cabana room at the Beverly Hilton. Additional weekend activities include a tour of the Petersen Automotive Museum or a shopping experience at The Grove where Extra Coast to Coast with Mario Lopez is shot live; a Friday evening pre-party at the Stardust Room of the Beverly Hilton, and an excursion to Venice Beach.

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3/28/11 – Countryside tour plans include stop at large private collection of fire engines. The annual Ault Park Concours d’ Elegance Countryside Tour will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011. The event begins with an informal car display at noon at Mariemont Square, followed by a scenic round-trip tour alongside rivers and creeks, stopping to visit a large collection of historic fire engines at 1 p.m. The privately owned collection is spread over several acres and features vehicles that range from pristine to unrestored. Some of the makes represented include: Cincinnati’s own Ahrens-Fox, Seagrave, REO, American LaFrance, Pirsch, and even an International fire tractor. Many were in service with local fire companies, including Cincinnati, Kettering, Oakwood, Campbell County, Mack, Monroe and Norwood. The tour is open to all automotive enthusiasts, but limited to 70 participants. Register online by clicking here or 513-321-1951. The fee per car is $ 35. Sponsor of the Countryside Tour is Dynamat, the premier manufacturer of acoustic control products for car and home audio, and automotive restoration.

1/11/11 – Winners of “Jay Leno Auto Experience Dream Tour” share the exciting details of their trip. Raffle winner Jackie Sweeney, her husband Roy and their guests, Steve and Renee Locker, had a fantastic trip to the Los Angeles area for their “Jay Leno Auto Experience Dream Tour”. Their first stop was the Petersen Museum where they took a leisurely self-guided tour. The museum features many wonderful examples of custom cars and bikes, as well as vintage clothing and related memorabilia. Two displays of special interest, a skeleton style motorcycle and a collection of every Hot Wheels die cast vehicle ever made, were captured in these photos.



On October 7th, the second day of their trip, they began with a two-hour private guided tour of Jay’s garage. A member of Jay’s crew, Bob, drove them around on a golf cart to see the collection of over 100 cars and 100 motorcycles. “Bob had a story about every vehicle”. Each one is licensed and driven at least every four to six weeks. Jay comes to the garage every day to take another car. If he drives the same car two or more days, it’s a favorite.

Jay likes speed and horse power. His collection includes Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Duesenbergs, an 1100 hp Oldsmobile Toronado and even two steam cars. His most famous car is the first one he ever purchased - a 1955 Buick. Jay first traveled to California in that car and it served as his “apartment on wheels”. In the early days of his career as a struggling comic, he slept in that car in alleyways next to comedy clubs.

People often write to Jay about cars they would like to sell him. Sometimes people even want to give him a car. One man willed his 1943 Plymouth to Jay. He had purchased the car when it was new and it is still all original. The group enjoyed many stories and interesting facts such as these during their special tour of Jay’s Garage.

The VIP treatment continued that afternoon during the taping of “The Tonight Show”. Jackie, Roy, Steve and Renee were escorted to their reserved seats. Jackie remarked how interesting it was to see the “behind the scenes” work that goes into taping a live show. During the breaks, the staff would prep Jay for the next segment while the audience participated in games for prizes. Actress Katherine Heigl and singer Meatloaf were Jay’s guests. It was a perfect day catching a closer glimpse into Jay’s personal and professional life.

The final tour stop was the Nethercutt Museum. “The Nethercutt was absolutely amazing!” There were two buildings. The first floor of building one was a beautiful replica of a 1920’s car dealership complete with marble floors and columns. The second floor housed an incredible collection of music boxes and nickelodeons from Germany. The tour guide, one of the museum curators, was also a concert pianist and organist who maintained all of the musical instruments at the museum. One of the nickelodeons was so big that it was the musical equivalent of a 20-piece orchestra. The museum also owns the third largest Wurlitzer organ in the world with pipes reaching 3 stories high.

The second building held the museum’s collection of 200 plus cars. As at Jay’s Garage, each car is licensed and driven every 4 to 6 weeks. Jackie’s husband, Roy, recalled a special one of a kind Duesenberg built for the 1920’s World’s Fair. At that time, the average Duesenberg cost $4,000 to $8,000 while the average annual wage was only $400. When a man who saw the car inquired what it would cost to build the car, he was told “twenty grand”. This name stuck with the car.

Behind the second building was a completely restored locomotive engine and Pullman car from the 1920,s. It was a fantastic finish of an outstanding three-day dream tour.

12/01/10 – The Cincinnati Concours d’Elegance Foundation office has moved. Our new address is 347 Stanley Avenue 1 West, Cincinnati, OH 45226. Our office is located at the rear lower level of the building on the corner of Stanley Avenue and Columbia Parkway across from Starbucks.

11/26/10 – Car nominations for 2011 are officially underway. Nomination packets have been mailed to our car owner database and should be arriving within the week. We encourage all owners to submit nominations and to register their email address via our website. Future communications and show updates will be sent electronically versus direct mail. Many classes will fill quickly so don’t delay in submitting nominations.

10/19/10 – Introducing 2011 Co-Chairs Michael Kelly and John Myers John Myers joins us from Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. He has been with the company for 20 years and as region vehicle field sales manager oversees sales and marketing for 118 dealerships in his region. John is also no stranger to our show. John led Toyota’s promotional efforts as presenting sponsor of the Concours from 2006 through 2008. He was instrumental in bringing some of Toyota’s rare cars to our show such as the 2000 GT. John has also assisted the car selection committee. Michael Kelly has been a member of the Ault Park Concours car selection committees for 7 years and has been exhibiting cars with our show since 1995. He is retired after working at P&G for 28 years in the areas of engineering, manufacturing and finance. Michael is a true Ferrari enthusiast and is the Cincinnati representative for the Ferrari Club.



7/12/10 – Family of Bill Niemeyer Sr. honored with memorial trophy - On occasion the Cincinnati Concours foundation likes to acknowledge individuals who, over the years have contributed to the success of the Ault Park Concours d’Elegance. July 9 at the Car selection committee party was such an occasion. For his many years of service on the car selection committee, as well as exhibiting his own outstanding vehicles and his promotion of the Concours, we presented a trophy to the Niemeyer family in loving memory of William Niemeyer Sr. (See the Around the Concours gallery for a photo.)

7/7/10 – Concours Media Coverage on our New "Links" page page - Check out our revamped Links page. Now arranged by year. Coverage of the 2010 event is already coming in!

7/7/10 – New Concours Photos From Porsche of the Village - The folks at Porsche of the Village have made some additional photos available to us. They have been added to the Gala, Garage Party and Around the Concours Galleries

6/28/10 – 2010 Concours Photo Gallery Open for Viewing – We have completed posting of the photos from each of our events this year. Galleries for the Motorcade, Gala, Countryside tour, Garage Party, Illustrated entry list, Award Ceremonies and Around the Concours are here.

6/15/10 – Ault Park Concours Celebrates Another Successful Show – We are pleased to report another successful Concours with rain free skies and excellence attendance at all weekend events. Exhibitors, spectators and vendors alike gave rave reviews that 2010 was one of the best ever shows. The new remote parking and shuttle service ran smoothly, greatly enhancing the Ault Park Concours experience. We are truly grateful to many sponsors, patrons, exhibitors, attendees, and volunteers who collectively made this year’s success possible. Mark your calendar for next year’s Concours weekend of events scheduled for June 10 – 12, 2011.

6/12/10 – Jay Leno Auto Collection Dream Tour Raffle Winner – Many thanks to all who generously bought tickets for our Jay Leno Dream Tour raffle! All 350 tickets were sold as of the evening of our Saturday night garage party at Porsche of the Village. Scott Whitaker, CEO of Dynamic Control of North America and manufacturer of the product Dynamat, was given the honor of drawing the winning ticket during the party. Scott was instrumental in collaborating with Jay to create this exciting raffle prize. Jackie Sweeney of Cincinnati, Ohio was the ecstatic winner of this rare automotive opportunity. Jackie is already making plans for the trip and has promised to share the highlights of the tour with our Concours fans.

6/7/10 Please join us Saturday, June 12, 9:30am – 11:00am for a FREE “Coachbuilding Seminar & Demonstration” presented by D&D Restoration of Covington, OH and hosted by Porsche of the Village, 4113 Plainville Rd.- around the corner from Mariemont Square. Continental Breakfast will be served. NO RESERVATION NEEDED Call 866-910-3460 or visit www.porscheofthevillage.com
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4/13/2010 A friend has passed - Bill Niemeyer Sr, took his last checkered flag this morning about 9:20 am and slipped the surly bonds of this earth. He was resting comfortably to the end, having spent the last days surrounded by his family. We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, they are very much appreciated.

4/9/2010 Thanks to the Cincinnati Enquirer for their coverage of the Jay Leno Raffle. Click here.

4/3/10 JAY LENO AUTO EXPERIENCE DREAM TOUR RAFFLE TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Jay Leno has donated to the Ault Park Concours VIP tickets to the Tonight Show and a private tour of his garage and car collection for 4 people! We are raffling this rare opportunity along with special “behind-the-scenes” tours of the Nethercutt Museum, Petersen Automotive Museum, and the NHRA Wally Parks Motorsports Museum in southern California.

2/25/10 – Visit our vintage cars display now through 2/28/10 in the lobby of the Duke Energy convention center during the Auto Expo.

2/25/10 – On-line tickets to all Concours events are now available for sale. Just click on “tickets” at the top of any website page. Save 40% on a discount package of 4 car show tickets.

2/25/10 – Order a Weekend All-Events discount ticket and save $40. Call the Concours office to order at 513-321-1951.

2/01/10 – NOW THROUGH 5/1/10 - Register your email address on our website and you will be entered in a drawing for 4 car show tickets. Winner to be selected after May 1st.

10/1/2009 In addition to our other special display classes for 2010 we are proud to add a class commemorating the 100th anniversary of Alfa Romeo!

7/14/2009 The featured marque for the 2010 Concours will be The Great International Designers and Coachbuilders. With special display classes of Historic Hot Rods and "Life's a Beach" - beach cars.

7/8/2009 Photos from the Motorcade, Friday Gala, Countryside Tour, Garage Party and Around the Concours are now on line. Click here.

6/24/2009 Awards photos and the Illustrated Entry list are now on line. Click here.

6/19/2009 From Sue Willis, Director, Cincinnati Concours Foundation: Thank you to all of our exhibitors, volunteers and to the thousands of attendees who made the 2009 Concours a huge success! Photos of the winners and the weekend events will be posted soon. Mark your calendar for next year’s Concours scheduled for June 13, 2010.

6/17/2009 2009 Class award winners and the Awards ceremony presentation list are now on line. Click here.