Americana Manhasset to host 11th annual auto contest

Bill San Antonio

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

Rare and exotic cars of nearly every make and model will be displayed, demonstrated and judged on Oct. 11 during the Americana Manhasset’s 11th annual Concours d’Elegance.

The contest’s “Best in Show” prize, won last year by North Hempstead town Historian Howard Kroplick and his 1937 Chrysler C-15 LeBaron Town Car, will be competed for by 150 privately-owned automobiles, as well as “Best in Class.”

“Hosting the Concours at a leading fashion destination ties in nicely with the art and form of automotive design and function,” said Deirdre Costa Major, president of the Castagna Realty Retail Group, which runs the Americana Manhasset. “Just as fashion designers often draw inspiration from the past to project a modern view point, the same can be said for automotive design.”

Judging is set to begin at 9 a.m., with an awards ceremony scheduled to take place around 2 p.m. on the north side of the luxury shopping center.

Howard Krimko, former national director of the Rolls Royce Owners Club, will again serve as the event’s chief of judges.

“It is great to see how cars have changed and evolved, not only technically but also from a design point of view,” Krimko said. “When a car from the 1930s is next to a car from the 1950s, and in turn you see a car from the ‘70s and then a car from 2000, you can begin to appreciate the evolution of automotive design.” 

Cars expected to be featured include a 1908 Oakland and the latest Porsche 919 Le Mans race car, as well as a 1965 Ford GT 40, a 1967 Aston Martin DB6, the 1963 Ford Mustang III concept show car and a Ferrari P4/5 by Pinifarina. 

“I enjoy showing my cars at this event because the field is always diverse,” said Jim Glickenhaus, who owns the P4/5 and added he has attended the event each year. “You can almost trace the history and lineage of certain cars when you see an older model next to its new incarnation.”

Glickenhaus’ 1967 Ferrari P3/4 Chassis 0846 took “Best Competition Car” last year.

Proceeds from a raffle during the event for a 2016 Porsche Macan S* will benefit Sunrise Day Camp in Wyandanch, which supports children with cancer and their families.

Raffle tickets start at $100 or $500 for six tickets and the chance to win a hole-in-one contest at the new Lands’ End Sands Point real estate development for a cash prize.

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