Milwaukee Concours Readies for 15th Event

Milwaukee, WI — Organizers of the Aug. 4 Milwaukee Concours are preparing for the 15th installment of the event by bringing back some of the previous Best of Show winners, as well as showcasing Bentley as featured marque and highlighting cars from the 1980s and ’90s.

Hagerty Insurance’s youth judges score an entrant at the 2018 Milwaukee Concours. Photo: Milwaukee Concours

One example is a 1992 Lancia Integrale HF EVO1 Delta that Ken and Nancy Arlen of Evanston, Ill., will bring — highlighting the achievement of Lancia winning six WRC World Championships in six years (1987 to 1992). The car, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, features a 1995cc turbocharged 4-cylinder 16-valve engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox and offers a top speed of 136.7 mph.

Next is a dynamic “his and hers” duo of two entirely different approaches to performance from the Class of 1985 being exhibited by Cana and Colin Comer of River Hills, WI.

The first is Colin’s 1985 Saleen Mustang hatchback, the 9th car Saleen built — although serialized as #16 to give the impression of a much more “robust” production run. The car offers many unique early features only found on the first handful of cars, including a 3-piece fiberglass front air dam and huge rear spoiler (Big Wing) that was later changed to a much more subdued design for the production cars.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is Cana Comer’s 1985 Toyota MR2, the car’s inaugural year. It features a DOHC 1.6L engine featuring a 7,400rpm redline, a suspension designed with the help of Lotus and track testing by Dan Gurney. Cana’s pristine MR2 shows the purity of the original design without spoilers, T-Tops, and other additions that soon appeared as the model matured.

And for the fourth consecutive year, youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee will review the show field at the Milwaukee Concours to select their favorite vehicle. They will use forms and an evaluation process outlined by Hagerty as part of its Youth Judging program.

In addition to interacting with car owners, the youth will meet Chief Judge Colin Comer, one of the foremost authorities in the collector car hobby and a noted automotive author.

And the concours is preceded by the Aug. 3 Style & Speed Social — open to all — offering food, beverages and a silent auction. The concours runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.