WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — A weekend filled with horsepower, friendships and background — with a tiny social distancing blended in — came to a finish Sunday, if the 1929 Duesenberg Model J Roadster possessed by Dwight C. Schaubach of Hampton Roads, Virginia, was introduced with the Best of Show Award in The 2020 Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance. The Best of Show decoration was made on land at America’s Resort by Virtu Glass.
The first Model J Duesenberg, J112, directed in the Automobile Salon at December 1928 and has been marketed into Humphrey W. Chadbourn for $13,500. Chadbourn had the mill add a spotlight, electrical siren, Martin Cord tires along with an HWC monogram on every door. When the mill closed in 1937, he offered the car to some Yale pupil. Numerous owners later, Mr. Shaaubach purchased and revived the J112 in 1996.
The jaw-dropping Duesenberg was not the only major winner on Sunday. Class winners were appointed in each one of those 10 courses which were showcased on the scenic showfield, enclosing the iconic front entry at The Greenbrier.
“Every automobile in the show was spectacular, which made the judges’ job a difficult one,” stated Phil Neff, Chief Judge, The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance. “The area was filled with amazing automobiles and bikes, and every one may have taken home a trophy. I was honored to have the ability to lead a skilled group of judges from all around the United States and also be a part of this a particular weekend”
Class winners comprised:
- Grand Classics: 1932 Chrysler Imperial Convertible (William Sipko; Windber, Pennsylvania)
- Pre-War Production Cars: 1935 Ford Model 38 Tudor Sedan (Thomas Harper; Bedford, Virginia)
- Post-War Production Cars: 1957 Ford Supercharged Thunderbird (Joseph Mason; Racine, Ohio)
- Sports Cars: 1963 Shelby Cobra (Lewis Pollard; Warrenton, Virginia)
- Italian Sports Cars: 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta (Roy Brod; Lancaster, Pennsylvania)
- British Cars: 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead (Frank Rubino; Pinecrest, Florida)
- Pre-War Cadillac: 1941 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible (Dennis Manieri; Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
- Post-War Cadillac: 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe (Loren Hulber; Macungie, Pennsylvania)
- Muscle Cars: 1966 Shelby GT 350 Fastback (Glenn Randall and Ronnie Randall; Manchester, Tennessee)
- Motorcycles: 1952 Vincent Touring Model Rapide (Gene Brown; Denver, Colorado)
In addition to this course awards, 10 special awards were presented in the decoration ceremony, along with the winners received hand-made decorations made by the craftsmen at The Greenbrier. The awards featured the most iconic Springhouse, that has been a sign of America’s Resort for centuries. The winners comprised:
- People’s Choice: 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan (William and Sonya Miller; Frankfort, Indiana)
- Honorary Chief Judge’s Award (Selected by Paul Sable): 1954 Sunbeam Alpine MKI (Tom Bishop; Westerville, Ohio
- Duke of Windsor Award (Most Elegant Closed Car): 1930 Cadillac Series 452 V16 “Madame X” Sedan (Peter Sanders; Bluefield, Virginia)
- Princess Grace Award (Most Elegant Open Car): 1940 Packard 1806 Convertible Victoria by Darrin (Greg Ornazian; Rochester Hills, Michigan)
- Dorothy Draper Award (Most Stylish Interior, Selected by Carleton Varney): 1963 Chevrolet Corvette (Rare Wheels Collection; Windermere, Florida)
- Sam Snead Award (Best Country Club Car): 1929 Graham-Paige Model 827 Roadster (Bette Hammond; East Lansing, Michigan)
- Eisenhower Award (Best Cold War Era Car): 1973 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine (Jim Elliott; Yorktown, Virginia)
- Artist’s Award (Selected by Heidi Maraz): 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spyder (Rare Wheels Colletion; Windermere, Florida)
- Most Historically Significant Road Car: 1954 Packard Cavalier Sedan (George Wallace; Fairpoint, New York)
- Most Historically Significant Sports Car: 1957 AC Bristol Ace Le Mans (George Baum; Potomac, Maryland)
“We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend,” stated Cam Huffman, a part of The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance Steering Committee. “The weather was beautiful, the cars were incredible and people really enjoyed getting together for the first time in a long while. Everyone followed COVID-19 protocols, which allowed us to have an amazing event from start to finish. We’re grateful that we were able to continue what has become a grand tradition in a year filled with so many challenges.”
Plans have already started for The 2021 Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance, as soon as the event goes back to its ordinary May date. A distinctive non-judged Movie Cars Class will be only one factor of this 2021 event, which is held April 30-May 2.
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