A very deserving 1937 Delage was named Best In Show at the annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance on July 20.
The Mari Hulman George award for Best of Show went to the 1937 Delage D8 120 SS Aerodynamic Coupe presented by The Patterson Collection of Louisville. The French car also was named top car in its class, Coach-built Classics. The Best of Show Award is presented by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Keeneland Concours in honor of Mari Hulman George.
Truly a work of art, the Delage coupe is resplendent in black livery with ostrich-leather upholstery and chrome wire wheels. It is one of the most stylish and elegant prewar coupes ever built. This exceptional one-off short chassis coupe with a body by Letourneur et Marchand was originally ordered for a European prince and is the only known short chassis D8 120.
"The Delage was celebrated for its elegance when it was new, and it's still an exquisite piece of rolling sculpture all these years later," said Tom Jones, Keeneland Concours co-chair.
The Iacocca Award, in honor of Lee Iacocca, considered one of the fathers of the Ford Mustang, was given to Mike Scanlon, a Lexington business leader and a well-known car collector.
"Mike has been a long time supporter of not only the Concours, but of many schools, churches, social programs and hospitals," Jones said. "He has been a lifelong car enthusiast and shares the hobby with anyone that will listen from age 8 to 80."
This year's Concours also featured the Ford Mustang, in celebration of the 50 years of Mustang in 2014. Hundreds of Mustangs flocked to the grounds, and several were honored including the 1967 Shelby American GT500 Convertible that won the Junior Judges Award and the 1965 Mustang Convertible that won the People's Choice Award. The Children's Choice Award, chosen by children representing Kentucky Children's Hospital, went to a 1936 Auburn 852 Boattail Speedster.
The show field also included classic cars, muscle cars, motorcycles, and perhaps a first for any concours, helicopters were on display as well.
The 10th anniversary Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, July 17-20, 2014, will feature "The Best of the Best" as class winners from previous events will be invited back to display their cars.
Each year proceeds from raffles, auctions, sponsorships and ticket sales help the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance raise thousands of dollars in support of Kentucky Children's Hospital.
The Keeneland Concours d’Elegance showcases the finest in automobiles and the attractions of Central Kentucky as, each year, more than a hundred exquisite examples of automotive history from across the U.S. gather on the lush grounds of the Keeneland Race Course. The event draws thousands for this one-of-a-kind experience unmatched in the collector car community. Activities include a Bourbon Tour, Hangar Bash and the Tour d’Elegance of scenic Kentucky back roads. Proceeds support Kentucky Children’s Hospital to help bring better healthcare to the children of Kentucky. For more information, visit www.keenelandconcours.com.