Concour Corner

The last judged concours of the season was held at Lewis Morris Park in Morristown.  This event on October 9 was going to take place, rain or shine. Up to 24 hours before the event the weather forecast changed three times – not for the better. Nevertheless, all plans were made, food and trophies ordered, etc., and looking out the window at 5 a.m., the morning featured drizzle. We arrived at the venue by 7 a.m., set up the tent, and got ready for the event. Lo and behold, the weather looked good when Murray Kane showed up, driving his more than spotless 911 Turbo. Maybe this was a good sign. Oh well, Murray must have dried his beloved Porsche nine times before the next entry arrived. This second Porsche was a great surprise: Vic Ingram showed up in his 356 Continental. This must have been its first time in rain. The drops just beaded off the Porsche and not even the whitewall tires were dirty. Dennis and Marlys Thovson arrived to help with the registration and hit the coffee and donuts to keep warm. They had an easy job for the day since only 6 cars attended for judging. A few spectators and NNJR members helped to make the event fun. The only obstacle was keeping spectators from a baseball game nearby from parking
among the Porsches. Even with Jeff’s BMW blocking the entrance they still tried to sneak in.  Everyone won a trophy, and Vic Ingram was the big winner as co-chairs choice. Murray finally stopped drying his car and won the masters class. Ellen and Bruce Hayes, Walter and Nadine Sliwa, Charles Rothwell, and Kevin and Ann Fitzsimmons were the other winners.  Kevin’s dog Shadow also had a lot of fun and was a big hit. Since a lot of food was ordered, entrants received doggy bags and three platters were donated to the Morristown Homeless Shelter. In conclusion, the light turnout in the rain made for a fun time. You should have seen the closeness of around 20 people snuggling under a 10 x 10 tent, eating deli sandwiches. You do not need hundreds of people to have a good time. All attendees agreed that Concours is fun. Chris and Jeff thank you for a great year of concours judged events. We would also like to thank the judges and volunteers for their dedication and support of the NNJR concours program. We hope everyone, novice, veteran, judge, volunteer or enthusiast, will come out again and participate in 2017.