Antique Boats & Motorcars: Channel Gatsby at the Concours d'Elegance

The lawn of the Inn at Perry Cabin will serve as the backdrop for a celebration of all things classic and luxurious, at this month’s St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance.

James Parkin’s 1940 Hacker-craft 21, Lil Angel , will be one of the antiques on display.

The 12th annual event is described as “an elegant weekend of Grand Classic Motoring, fine wines and gourmet food, classic wooden speed boats, fashion, and casual elegance on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.” It’s being held September 21-23.

Beautiful wooden boats will be prominently displayed on the pier at Inn at Perry Cabin, too. Hinckley is a main sponsor of the event. The Chesapeake Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society is bringing Chris-Crafts and other beauties from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Chesapeake Bay Magazine is proud to sponsor the weekend’s festivities.

The Classic Motor Museum will host a motoring tour, and a gala and dinner dance will benefit the museum’s budding educational program. If all of that’s not enough, there’s also a high-end fashion show.

Antique car enthusiasts will enjoy the lawn and field show that features rare, pre-war (1900-1942) European and American coach-built automobiles as well as post-war (1946-1969) sports cars. There will also be a classic car auction, and an appearance by former stock car racer and stunt driver Sonny Abagnale, who has his own significant private collection.

 Photo: Joe Evans
Photo: Joe Evans

Concours d’Elegance Chairman, Luke L. Phipps, says St. Michaels is the perfect place for an elegant event, because the Eastern Shore town is “home to galleries and museums, award-winning dining and accommodations, luxurious spas, and an upscale collection of boutiques.”

The Concours d’Elegance began in 2007 on the grounds of the Inn at Perry Cabin, put on by George Walish, a former general manager of Rolls Royce of North America.

For full details of the event and to buy tickets, click here.

-Meg Walburn Viviano