Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens announces the 2014 Concours d’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, slated for September 19-21, 2014. Stan Hywet is located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron, Ohio.
The expansive 70-acre estate, America’s 6th largest historic home open to the public, provides a strikingly beautiful and historic backdrop for this re-imagined Northeast Ohio Concours show.
“There are few settings to equal the elegance of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens,” says David Schultz, the Concours executive director who is a nationally-known auto enthusiast, author and Concours judge. Schultz previously served as executive director of the Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, which was a precursor to this new event.
Given Stan Hywet’s patriarchal connection to the automotive industry — Seiberling also participated in the establishment of the Lincoln Highway — automobile events are not new to the Estate. Every June for more than 50 years, Stan Hywet has hosted an annual Father’s Day Car Show in collaboration with the Ohio Region Classic Car Club of America, which attracts thousands of casual car enthusiasts, hobbyists and collectors.
“The two shows have very distinctive characters and qualities, and they occur in different seasons, allowing the Father’s Day edition to continue, and making the introduction of the Concours d’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens a lovely enhancement to our annual events line-up,” notes Linda Conrad, president and executive director. “The Father’s Day Car Show has been a tradition for three generations of northeast Ohioans,” says Conrad, “with a typical display of more than 400 vintage automobiles. By contrast, the Concours is one of the nation’s most iconic celebrations of rare and unique automobiles, featuring approximately 175 of the invitation-only ‘rolling sculptures’ from throughout the United States.”
“We are in the process of selecting our feature classes for 2014,” says Schultz, “but one of our cornerstones will certainly be the great American and European automobiles of the 1920s and ‘30s.”
The motorcars will be the centerpiece of a weekend of time-honored events that are also open to the public. Exhibitors, sponsors and guests will be treated to a variety of cultural experiences that truly represent the art of fine living, including uniquely designed insider’s tours of the garden, grounds and Manor House; the elegance of high tea, special wine tastings and fashion events; gourmet food selections; and a symphony of musical entertainment set against the historic backdrop. Also on the roster is a countryside automobile tour for exhibitors.
According to Schultz, several key members of the former Glenmoor Gathering team will be involved with the Stan Hywet Concours. Schultz notes that Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens has a strong and creative events team with a proven track record. “Simply stated,” he says, “this is something they do very, very well. They are experts at events!”
Stan Hywet offers not only a spectacular venue, but a wonderful history and a legacy dating back nearly 100 years. The name is Old English for stone quarry. Three English country homes —Compton Wynyates, Ockwells, and Haddon Hall —served as the inspiration for Stan Hywet’s 65-room Manor House.
For more information visit www.stanhywet.org or call Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens at 330-836-2626.