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Corning Concours d Elegance, Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix Festival

Corning Concours d Elegance, Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix Festival

Cayuga Health System Sponsor, Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix Festival

A Judged Exhibition that was started in 1948.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Watkins Glen State Park, located between 10th and 11th on Franklin Street.

Eligibility and Class Categories:
Concours quality condition and true unrestored "survivor" vehicles, that are factory built spec before 1996, will be considered. There will be two judging classes, Class One manufactured before 1973, and Class Two 1973-1995.
Mandatory: Fire extinguishers present in car

Either class can compete for Corning's Best of Show; Best of Class; Judges Choice and People's Choice. The International Motor Racing Research Center will recognize the Historical Award. There will be two Honorable Mention(s) in each class,
1) Best Domestic, 2) Best Foreign.

$120 Includes lunch for driver and guest, a commemorative bottle of Glenora wine, a dash plaque, and two Cayuga Health System Laps of the old circuit. Optional trailer and tow vehicle parking is available near the event site for an additional $25.

To Enter:
Click Here to print out an entry form. To enter by phone, call Michaela Christensen at Watkins Glen Promotions, (607)535-3003. Or you can mail in your entry form with payment.
Registration for all events is limited and events fill up fast.

For more information, contact:
Steve Butchko (607)342-0084 or Email

Sponsored by:
Many thanks to our generous sponsor CORNING INC..

Concours at Clute Park 1955 by John H. Hood

"Every Car has a Story"

by Steve Butchko

What does a princess, a military man and a businessman have in common? One particular car. It seems a prince married a common girl and the royal family dis-owns him only to find out he is bitten by a monkey and dies not knowing the princess is pregnant with his son. The royal family takes the princess in and she takes on royal duties. In 1954 she purchases a car in Paris and is chauffeur driven in and around Italy and Greece, visiting the royal families homes for the next ten years after which she trades the car in for a Mercedes-Benz at Mercedes-Benz Venice.

A United States military man buys the car at the dealership where the princess traded it in and begins driving this car all around Europe when his duties did not call. After some time when his military tour was over he has the car shipped to America. He then travels around with his family with this car for the next FIFTY years!

Fast forward to 2014 when the businessman is able to acquire the car and all of its historical documentation. Now he is making history with the car and it seems that the son of the military man has discovered some headlights in his father's attic that were original to the car while in Europe, but were replaced with sealed beam bulbs by his dad stateside. The son sends the original headlights to the businessman and the story telling begins. The grandson of the princess is a prince and was raised by the princess his grandmother, so he grew up with the car. After the car went to the military man he had kept in touch with him and subsequently in touch with the military man's son. So, the princess's grandson the prince, the military man's son and the businessman are all in communication around this car sharing its stories and developing friendships, to the day.

Try taking the time to stop by at our Corning Concours d'Elegance located at the old start finish line on Franklin Street across from the Courthouse. Take a look at the cars, and see if you can guess which one is, "one particular car", because every car has a story.

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