1953 Abarth 1100 SS Ghia Coupe Best of Show at 2021 Audrain Newport Concours

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After a one-year hiatus, the stars of the vintage automotive world were on full display at the Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week. A very rare 1953 Abarth 1100 Ghia owned by Bradley Calkins brought those gathered for the four-day celebration of automotive excellence, luxury, and sport to their feet when it crossed the podium at The Breaker’s mansion to receive the ‘Best of Show’ award. while Doug Cohen’s stunning 1968 Lamborghini Espada locked up the Concours ‘Most Elegant’ award.

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Shown at the 1953 Turin Salon, Calkins’ rare Italian masterpiece features lightweight aerodynamic bodywork, and its stunning dove gray paint is beautifully complemented by its blue leather interior. What really makes Calkins’ 1100 SS unique is its one of kind shape and design: Its sister car, a Simca, no longer exists and its Ghia bodywork makes it exceptional.

The fact that the 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Spider Vignale owned by Jeff and Frances Fisher took home the Sporting Choice award was no surprise. It was a true star among many in its class.

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“I am proud to say we exceeded even our own expectations for this year’s event and are thrilled with the outcome”, said Audrain CEO Donald Osborne. “It is all about bringing car people together to share their stories and create new memories that will last a lifetime. We are delighted that we could share the island we love with everyone and continue to establish our place in the global concours world.”

With 59 prominent judges from five countries and 180 cars from across the USA, the Concours was held at The Breakers mansion, the most famous of the ‘Newport Cottages’ and former home of the Vanderbilt family. Not only were the Vanderbilt’s prominent Newport socialites but numbered among them Willie K. Vanderbilt, one of the greatest car enthusiasts of the early 20th century.

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The Concours featured 20 classes of vehicles from 1899 to 1970 plus the two ‘30 Under 30’ classes. The brainchild of Jay Leno, Chairman of the Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week, the 30 Under 30 class for owners under thirty years old who have spent less than $30,000 on their car sported two classes in 2021. Matthew Goist’s 1922 Franklin Series 10-A took home 1st in Class in the 30 Under 30 Class and Joseph Cesavo’s 1987 Porsche 944 locked down first in class in the inaugural 30 Under 30 ‘944 class.’

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Other class winners:

Born on the Track Class B-1: 1959 Porsche RSK Spyder owned by Steve Adler
Born on the Track Class B-2: 1984 Lancia 037 owned by The S&T Collection
Corvette: 1963 Corvette Z06 – owned by Phil Cataldo
Pioneer Race Cars: 1901 Winton Race Car 40 HP – owned by the Larz Anderson Museum
Jaguar E-Type: 1969 XKE S2 – owned by Dennis Mamchur
G-1 Sport: 1932 Auburn Model 8-100 A Speedster – owned by Heritage Museum & Gardens
G-2 Sport: 1956 Porsche Speedster – owned by Stephen Serio
G-3 Sport: 1961 Pontiac Ventura – owned by Jeffrey Goldstein
H-1 History: 1938 Jaguar SS 100 – owned by Wayne Carini
H-2 History: 1965 Iso Rivolta GT – owned John Galley
Veteran: 1910 Winton Model 17 Seven-Passenger Touring – owned by Myron Schuster Collection
L-1 Luxury: 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Lebaron Convertible – owned by Peter Boyle
L-2 Luxury: 1942 Cadillac Model 6207 Sedanette – owned by Steve Cooley
L-3 Luxury: 1961 Ghia L 6.4 Coupe – owned by Mark Hyman
M-1 Luxury Meets Sport: 1937 Delahaye 135M Competition – owned by Myron Schuster Collection
M-2 Luxury Meets Sport: 1953 Abarth Ghia 1100 SS Coupe – owned by Bradley Calkins (Best of Show Winner)

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Among the other special awards:

Chairman’s Choice prize – Pete & Merle Mullin, 1951 Delahaye Model 235 Cabriolet
Founder’s Choice trophy – Jim and Nancy Utaski, 1965 Aston-Martin DB-5 Convertible
People’s Choice’ award (chosen by the nearly 3,000 attendees) – Phil Castaldo, 1963 Z06 Corvette.

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Next year’s Audrain’s Newport Concours d’Elegance will be held on Sunday, October 2, as a part of the 2022 Concours & Motor Week beginning on Sept. 28. For more information, log onto audrainconcours.com.