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Contrasts at St. John's Concours

1910 maytag_runabout

Early in the American summer concours season is the Concours of America at St John's, Plymouth, Michigan. According to our on location witness JP Vandebundt it's getting better and better every year. And there's good reason he's using those two words as by tradition this concours is selecting not one but two best of show cars. One US made car and one of foreign manufacture.  The first - not very surprising - a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Victoria by Murphy and a lot less obvious, not because of the fact that it's a Bugatti T57C, but because of the much lesser known roadster body by Voll & Ruhrbeck. This superb restoration by our friends of Classic & Exotic Service in sharp contrast with the well taken care for but very much unrestored 1910 Maytag Runabout pictured above. But contrast is what we like. Check the ex- Al Capone the Duesenberg formerly owned by Al Capone's lawyer ( yes, crime pays well!)  and the 1924 Isotta Fraschini by LeBaron (looks almost like a Stutz) presented by our reporter JP. Some more St John spectacular? Check this post-war space gear

(photos JP 'Victorycars' Vandebundt


#7 2014-07-30 10:38
Unfortunately not all cars lend themselves to be "oily rag" due to the fact they are in such poor condition when found. I have a 1928 Singer Senior that was just a rusting ruin when found but is now a beautiful car. If not restored it would not exist. So long as they survive I say!!
#6 2014-07-29 23:29
There is a connection between Maytag and Duesenberg. Fred's first entry into automobile design was the Mason which, later was purchased by F.L.Maytag and renamed Maytag.
#5 2014-07-29 15:42
That Maytag ran very well, too. There were a lot of original cars and motorbikes there. The best thing about the show is that you can hear and watch them run right up close as the show closes and they have to be driven out. Grab a lawn chair and enjoy! A great show!
#4 2014-07-29 11:14
Yeee-haaa !
#3 Ian Murray 2014-07-29 10:18
From a purely personal point of view, whether its antique clocks, furniture, or cars, I always find these things much more appealing, interesting and desirable if they’re honest and show some depth of age and patina. For that reason, I’m not a great advocate for Concour d'Elegance, which as far as I know is based on cleanliness and condition. Whereas – for the purists among us! – Concours d’Etat is based on authenticity, cleanliness and condition.
In the name of authenticity, Viva d’Etat!
#2 2014-07-29 10:16
"pimped up" that is kinda interesting you think so, i would argue with that for during the great depression over 25 % where unemployed and people starved as they had no food. they would work for what they could get - 2 or 5 cents a day or perhaps just food as the pay may not even buy food for the family. Yet at the same time cars like the 20 grand where being built. Do you think that for 20 grand the owners would have been happy with the same lacklustre paint as a model t ,, hell no . And i would also bet you a dollar that when that 1910 Maytag Runabout was delivered its paint was as pimped up as u could get,, the red paint would have been brighter than a ferrari and do u think the pin stripping too flash, oh and after each ride the chauffeur would have polished that brass till u could see your own reflection and everytime those wooden wheels got wet the vanish would have to be re done... that is my 2 cents ;)
#1 2014-07-29 06:37
These concours events, especially in the US, are truly bizarre happenings, that unrestored car is far, far nicer than either of those pimped-up things? Why on earth would anyone want one? Mystery to me, like repainting to Mona Lisa to "Freshen her up'?

editor: no need to go to the US for supershiny and/or overrestored cars. Any Concours d'Elegance is encouraging this in fact. And no problem, everybody should have his own taste of this hobby. PreWarCar is of a different 'school'and our friends of The Automobile no different and they give some counterweight with their 'Oily Rag Run'

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