May 17, 2017
By Marni Prichard Manko | September 6, 2016 | Culture
Now in its 20th year, the Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance takes spectators for a real ride with marques from Lancia and Mercedes-Benz.
Each September, the world’s most coveted cars—plus motorcycles and vintage horse-drawn carriages—roll into town for the Radnor Hunt Concours D’Elegance.
The Radnor Hunt is best known for being where the blue-blooded horsey set bands together to don their best reds and chase foxes up and down Chester County’s bucolic rolling hills. But come September, the sound of stomping will make way for the sweet purring of some of the world’s priciest and most envy-inducing cars at the 20th annual Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, September 9-11. Like the more understated sister of the versions held at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island (sans the ocean and golf course), the three-day event is part car lover’s dream, part Main Line social scene. Besides the my-motor-is-bigger-than-yours auto competition between the country’s biggest car collectors—with a focus on this year’s marques Lancia and the 300SL Mercedes-Benz—there’s also a 150-car road rally and a black-tie gala. And if you’re okay with slumming it, you can drive your Rolls into the backfield for some tailgating (all catered, naturally). But don’t get any ideas about taking the cars for a spin. “Even the judges can’t touch the cars,” says Mike Tillson, chairman and founder of the Radnor Hunt Concours. “At $30 million for a Ferrari, it’s probably not a good idea.”
PhotograPhy by timothy m. Jack