Concours d’Caffeine classic car show slated

The Concours Consulting Partners will present an event that combines the excitement of a Concours d’Elegance and the relaxed atmosphere of a Sunday morning car and coffee gathering of motoring enthusiasts, Concours d’Caffeine, on Sunday, May 17, at 8:30 a.m., on Railroad Place, Franklin Street, and Luciano Park adjacent to the Metro-North Westport station.

The event is an informal gathering of car enthusiasts, where drivers congregate and have a cup of coffee. Area owners of domestic and foreign sports cars, classic and collectible cars and those interested in viewing vehicles and talking with their owners are welcome.

The event is free to owners and show guests alike. Area businesses and restaurants will be open for coffee and lunch.

The special theme of this “pop-up” Concours d’Caffeine will be an exhibit of Connecticut’s significant role in automotive history in the US as well as the role Saugatuck played in this history. (In 1905, the Saugatuck-based Toquet Motor Car and Construction Company, a manufacturer of automotive parts, built a few 5-seater touring cars.) We have invited a dozen examples of classic vehicles designed and/or manufactured in Connecticut. From the classic Pope Hartford, to the exciting Bridgeport Locomobiles and classic Trumbulls to the more recent Fitch Phoenix and Sprint and especially the Cunningham C3, designed by Briggs Cunningham, a race car driver and sportsman from Westport.

When the Concours has concluded at about 11 a.m., those owners who have registered for the Sunday tour will depart, following a route designed by Rich and Jean Taylor of Vintage Rallies of Sharon, Conn., meandering through lower Fairfield County and finishing at the Redding Roadhouse, where the drivers and their passengers will enjoy a special lunch the Roadhouse will have provided for us. Participants in the tour will receive a commemorative license plate and a gift bag from Hagerty Insurance and other sponsors. The fee for the tour and lunch is $50 for car and two people. Additional lunch vouchers may be purchased. For information on how to register for the tours, visit concoursdcaffiene.com.

Chairman Bill Scheffler said, “We want to offer a special thanks to Westport Police Deputy Chief Koskinas and Lt. Belile, Fire Marshal Zygmant and Parks & Recreation Operations Supervisor DeVito for their assistance in planning the event to meet Westport’s requirements and the merchants of the Saugatuck area for their support.”

About Concours d’Caffeine

Represents a new automotive event concept combining the elements of a Concours d’Elegance and a Sunday cars and coffee gathering. The focus of the event in Saugatuck is to provide an enjoyable Sunday morning event for owners and guests highlighting the historic Saugatuck section of Westport. Principals of the Concours d’Caffeine include founders Bill Scheffler, John Shuck, Tim Walsh and Frank Taylor and co-sponsor Weston Westport Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matthew Mandell.

About Concours Consulting Partners

The team consists of the organizers of the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance who conducted the event in Westport for 9 years. When the event closed after its 2011 event, they conducted a vintage car rally and fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services finishing on the Veterans’ Memorial Green with the tour cars on display. They are: Bill Scheffler, Co-founder and Chairman, John Shuck, Co-founder and President, and Frank Taylor, Executive Director.

About Vintage Rallies

Since their first rally event in 1993, Vintage Rallies has grown into an extended family group of thousands of car-enthusiasts who come back year after year to see their friends, enjoy their cars and share another 1,000-mile adventure. In 2014, they celebrated their 85th national event. They have held events in the Northeast US, Canadian Rockies, Southeast US, and Southwest US. Their 2015 schedule includes the New England 1000 in CT, NY, MA and VT, the Southwest Passage in NM, CO and UT and the Mountain Mille in VA and WV. Principals in Vintage Rallies are Rich and Jean Taylor.

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