The New York City Concours d'Elegance - took take place in the Wollman Rink in Central
Park from 30 September to 2 October 2005 - some of the world's most significant classic
and vintage cars were on display.
Notable inclusions at this spectacular event attracting more then 30.000 enthusiasts from
around the globe include the Jaguar D-type, the Jaguar C-type, a Ferrari 125 (the first ever
sold), a 1949 Ferrari 166MM, a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, a 1957
Maserati 300S, an Aston Martin DB4 GT Bertone as well as a selection of Ferraris shown on
a special Ferraris-only day.
The Jaguar C-type was designed expressly to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in its very first
race in 1951 - and it did! This victory established Jaguar's racing tradition, that now stands at
seven overall Le Mans wins.
The Jaguar C-Type XKC-009 displayed at the New York City Concours d'Elegance was one
of the first two C-Type Jaguars imported to the U.S. in 1952. XKC-009 was delivered to the
Jaguar dealer Max Hoffman on Park Avenue. This car was raced in major Eastern road
races, while the other car (XKC-007) was raced on the West Coast by Californian Phil Hill.
The Jaguar D-type on display at the New York City Concours d'Elegance was the car which
won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1957, entered by the Scottish Ecurie Ecosse team.
The Aston Martin DB4 GT Bertone was first shown in 1961 at the Geneva and Turin Motor
Shows and was an adaptation of the DB4 GT which had been raced by Stirling Moss at the
1959 International Trophy Meeting at Silverstone. It remains one of the last examples of what
the art of coach-building was all about in the first 60 years of motoring.
The New York City Concours d'Elegance attracted sophisticates as viewers. Celebrity classic
car owners have been invited to participate and confirmed judges include Malcolm Barber,
Rick Carey, Chris Current, David Davis Jr., John Fitch, Dick Fritz, Christian Philippsen, Chuck
Queener, Gerald Roush, Larry Smith, Roger L Werner Jr. and celebrity car enthusiasts Nick
Mason (Pink Floyd), Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Anne Hathaway ("The Princess Diaries"),
Malcolm McDowell ("Clockwork Orange") and Thom Filicia ("Queer Eye for the Straight Guy").
Alain de Cadenet from London, an ex-race car driver and TV-commentator who will preside
as Master of Ceremonies.