Wednesday, April 26, 2017
After a two-year absence, Concours d’Caffeine, a mini-version of the Concours d’Elegance classic car show, is returning to Westport on Sunday.
The event, presented by Jaguar Land Rover Fairfield with Concours Consulting Partners and benefiting the Westport Police Benevolent Association, will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Railroad Place.
An announcement said Concours d’Caffeine “combines the excitement of a Concours d’Elegance and the relaxed atmosphere of a Sunday morning cars and coffee gathering of motoring enthusiasts.”
The event is free to owners and show guests alike. Area businesses and restaurants will be open for coffee and lunch to make it a leisurely Sunday enjoyment for all attendees.
Concours d’Caffeine will be run in conjunction with the Westport PBA’s recently announced 2017 Scholarship Challenge. An anonymous donor has pledged to match all donations collected during this drive, up to $10,000 total.
A tax-deductible donation to the Westport PBA Scholarship Fund “will allow us to continue assisting the children of members of the department,” said Brendan Fearon, PBA president.
The scholarship is also open to those graduating Staples High School students who are taking criminal justice as they continue their education in college.
The special theme of this “pop-up” Concours d’Caffeine will be an exhibit of vehicles that have won Senior Awards or Class Awards at the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance or the Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance at Lime Rock Park.
Among featured vehicles are Redding resident Richard King’s 1913 Mercer Raceabout and Weston resident Alden Sherman’s 1938 Bugatti Type57C.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., those owners who have registered for the Sunday Tour d’Caffeine will depart on a tour of lower Fairfield County. It will finish at the Hayfields Market, where the drivers and their passengers will enjoy a special lunch.
Participants in the tour will receive a commemorative license plate and a gift bag from Hagerty Insurance and other sponsors.
The fee for the tour and lunch is $75 for car and two people. Additional lunch vouchers may be purchased.
Westport resident Bill Scheffler is co-founder and chairman of Concours d’Caffeine. Tim Walsh is director of operations. Frank Taylor is executive director.
The first Concours d’Caffeine event was held on Railroad Place on May 17, 2015. Another was scheduled in October that year but was canceled due to a forecast of bad weather.
The Concours d’Elegance began as a fledgling car show on Veterans Green across from Westport Town Hall in 2004 and moved to the Fairfield County Hunt Club in 2007.
But it became so popular that the Hunt Club decided after the 2011 show it could no longer accommodate the crowds. It returned in downsized form to Veterans Green in 2012 and 2013 as Toast of Tour events following the group’s Nutmeg Autism Tour.
Other event sponsors include Danbury Porsche, 95.9 FOX, The Classic Car Gallery, Connecticut Car Storage, The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, Hayfields Market, Hagerty Collector Car Insurance, Automotive Restorations, Vintage Rallies, Delamar Hotel, Dragone Auctions, and the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce.
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