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Fall 2016 52

On the road to becoming the Pebble Beach of the Northeast

– Rick Kopec

his was the twentieth anniver-

sary of the Greenwich Con-

cours, and it appears to be catching on.

In a historic town like Greenwich,

nothing happens overnight. Green-

wich is located in that small handle in

the southwestern part of Connecticut.

The towns along the western portion

of the Long Island Sound coast are

often referred to as Connecticut’s

“Gold Coast.”

The close proximity to New York

City makes Greenwich a desirable

place to live, and is reflected by both a





($167,820) and equally high property

values (in 2006 the median price for a

single-family home was $1.7M). Multi-

million dollar estates are common. We

include all this to make clear that

Greenwich is not exactly a working-

class factory town.

Where this level of wealth resides,

collections of expensive vehicles are,

like yacht ownership, not uncommon.

If you look at the areas that surround

the major concours events in the U.S.

you will note they share a number of

demographics, among them high in-

come and enclaves of exclusive com-

munities. After all, not many classic

and exotic cars would be attracted to

a concours d’elegance in Bison Breath,

North Dakota. Top cars are trans-

ported to prestigious events like

Amelia Island, Hershey, Meadowbrook

or Pebble Beach, but a fair number of

entries are, more or less, “local.”

About 250 cars were invited to

enter the Greenwich concours, which

was located in a park overlooking sce-

nic Greenwich Harbor. Like all major

concours weekends, one (or more)

major collector car auctions are in-

cluded in the festivities. Greenwich


Dr. Bob Gingold brought his amazingly detailed 427 Cobra, CSX3133. Normally bashful

about discussing his car, the TV reporter was able to coax a few tidbits of information

from Dr. Bob about the history of the car that took him almost forty years to restore.

The Cobra is a trophy magnet and collects awards like a homeless street person collects

head lice. This show was no exception.

When we first saw the large magnetic sign on the door of Richard Klein’s ‘66 GT350,

6S499, we thought he was supplementing his retirement income by picking up fares in

the Shelby as a Uber driver. Stepping a little closer, we saw it was a sign noting that

Klein is the original owner of this GT350 and is celebrating five decades of ownership.