Toronto Section Meets at Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance
The September 13,14th Concours at Cobble Beach Golf Club which is located just outside of Owen Sound Ontario on the shores of Lake Huron is their second annual event. Inspired by Pebble Beach, although at a northern location, this classic event has many similarities to Amelia Island and Pebble Beach in terms of location on the water, beautiful scenery and of course fine exotic cars.
This year over 125 cars in 22 classes were on display from the first known Canadian Seth Taylor steam car of 1867 to a beautiful 1928 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS with ostrich skin upholstery owned by Peter Boyle of Oil City Pennsylvania which graced the main entrance to the show. Packard, Mercedes -Benz and Rolls Royce were also on display, all of which had to be invited to show their workmanship. A British built Daimler with a Knight sleeve valve engine completed the early brass entries.
A 1936 Delahaye Type 135 Teardrop coupe swept the top two awards People’s Choice and Best of Show. The 1930s was well represented with a 1930 black and red Auburn boat tail speedster and the 1960s with many Corvettes and muscle cars.
Margaret Dunning of Plymouth Michigan who is 104 years young brought her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster again this year for display and was made an honourary judge for this year’s Concours. She presented the Margaret Dunning Spirit of Driving award although she stopped servicing her car herself only 10 years ago.
This was her second appearance at Cobble Beach and was at Amelia Island earlier this year meeting and met with MBCA members.
Judges from 15 states and 5 provinces attended in their blue blazers and beige trousers to judge the various makes. Of particular interest were the minicars such as a tandem seat Messerschmidt and a Vespa car as well French and English three wheelers such as Raleigh.
Cars came from as far away as Denver Colorado, Florida and Italy and many museums such as Hershey and the Canadian Automotive Museum loaned cars for the display. A 1939 Mclauglin Buick limousine that was used by the Royal tour by King George VI was also on display.
Toronto members met on the previous evening at Blue Mountain Resort for dinner and drinks in the village. The following morning we met up with other members for breakfast and had a scenic drive to Cobble Beach.
Although the weather did not co-operate on Saturday September 13th, the Sunday was better although the wind was brisk along the lake. The 190SL group was there with 7 show cars including some MBCA members. Next year the Toronto Section plans to have an official delegation there with reserved Mercedes-Benz parking and display at the entrance so we can recruit more members. The Cobble Beach Concours is particularly interested in prewar Mercedes-Benz, so keep your eyes open.
For those MBCA members in the northern US and in eastern Canada, this is an ideal opportunity to see Pebble Beach, Concours of America or Amelia Island cars in a unique setting. Next year the cars will not be the same as they can only return in four years similar to the Pebble Beach rules.