Michael Furman Automotive Photographer
HERSHEY, Pa. — On June 12, 2011, some 60 rare, seldom seen automobiles will converge on the magnificent lawns of The Hotel Hershey© for The Elegance at Hershey. Many are one-of-a-kind custom built cars, such a trio of 1950s concept cars of Chrysler, Mercury, and Plymouth and the wild Rolls-Royce Phantom III by the Parisian firm Labourdette. Other iconic limited production vehicles include a 1931 “Blower” Bentley (1 of 50 built), and another supercharged sports racer, the 1931 Mercedes-Benz SSK Roadster (1 of 38), along with a crowd favorite Tucker 48. It’s a rare opportunity to view just one of these great examples, but to be able to see an entire lawn of these four-wheeled sculptures is truly breathtaking!
The celebration will kick-off Saturday with the Grand Ascent. This homage to the history of racing in Hershey will feature the vehicles charging up the winding back road of The Hotel Hershey. This spectacle of vintage race cars in motion will consist of open wheeled cars, sleek envelope bodied sports cars, small displacement sports racers and classic home built creations.
The highlight of the weekend’s events is The Elegance, an invitational showing of the finest cars will occur in and around the formal gardens and reflecting pools at the rear of The Hotel Hershey. The cars on display will be representative of what many consider the formative years of the automobile through the immediate post-World War II golden age. All manner of cars including brass, vintage, classic, sports and exotics and even race cars will fill this exclusive display of hand picked automobiles.
When it comes to rarity and history, this show will feature cars that are second to none. One-of-a-kind masterpieces, celebrity owned cars and the most desirable of collectables will dazzle spectators. The display will be the automotive equivalent of the finest display of master works of art at one of the world’s greatest museums.
The Elegance at Hershey is more than a celebration, it is also about causes. The entire weekend is for the benefit of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the AACA Museum and AACA Library & Research Center.
For more information, visit www.TheEleganceAtHershey.com.
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