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The three-day event hopes to raise $1 million, with proceeds donated to the Barrington Area Conservation Trust (BACT). Awards will be given in 12 separate categories for vehicles, dated 1973 or earlier, that were nominated for the Concours competition. The cars will be judged by cleanliness, fit and furnish, level of restoration, paint choices for components, interior condition and the presenter’s attempt to present the vehicle’s ‘period correctness.’
Co-Chair and Barrington Consours d’Elegance COO Patty Dowd Schmitz has directed BACT for the past seven years. This year, Ms. Schmitz will co-chair the fete with Barrington Consours d’Elegance CEO David Cooper. “We believe we’ve assembled one of the finest groups of important automobiles and motorcycles in the Midwest this year,” says Mr. Cooper. “From Duesenbergs to Delahaye and Vincent motor bikes, vehicles selected for the show field represent key milestones in design and engineering. The breadth will range from the brass period and great classics to post war works of art.”
“Each of these vehicles is held in high esteem for their contributions to automotive history,” shares Mr. Cooper. “We’re thrilled to tell the story of vehicles that span several generations. It’s as important to recognize the impact of iconic cars like the Ford Mustang as it is to celebrate the greats like Auburns and Packards.”
On Friday, July 12, a couple of invite-only events include the Legacy Club & VIP “Car-B-Que,” along with sponsor Northern Trust Celebration of Speed at the Autobahn Country Club, featuring the Porsche Sport Driving School where guests get to race on the track.
On Saturday, July 13, a 1920s Great Gatsby garden party and dinner will be hosted by Mike & Ivy Guarise along with Dave & Susan Nelsen, members of the exclusive “Legacy Club,” at the Barrington Hills Country Club. Festivities begin with a cocktail reception 5:30-7:30pm following with dinner, dancing and gambling and a live auction. The fete will benefit Legends and Legacies Foundation, who has chosen BACT as their recipient this year.
On Sunday, July 14, tickets to view the cars are available to the general public for $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Kids 12 and under are free.
About the Barrington Concours d’Elegance
The Barrington Concours d’Elegance is a charitable event that supports the Legends & Legacies Foundation, with proceeds supporting The Barrington Area Conservation Trust in 2013. Located just 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago, the Barrington Concours d’Elegance is a premier automotive event that celebrates the rich international automotive heritage. A series of events are scheduled throughout the year, culminating with the Concours’ move to Chicago in June 2014. For more information about the Concours or to purchase tickets, call 847.381.4291 or visit www.barringtonconcours.org.
About Legends & Legacies Foundation
The Legends & Legacies Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization (in process), aims to raise money for local charities through a continuing series of educational events focusing on automotive history, design and technology. Since the first Barrington Concours d’Elegance in 2007, the event has continued to work with various charities including Hospice of Northeastern Illinois, Barrington Area Conservation Trust and Cowboy Dreams of Illinois.