Newport Concours

Article and Photos by Wally Clark

It was a beautiful day along the Newport Coast, where over 200 cars graced the Pelican Hill Golf Club driving range for this years version of the Newport Concours. A fine display of Ferraris glittered in the sunshine. The featured marque was Packard and their 100th anniversary. The surprise of the day was a fly-by of an authentic WWII P-51 Mustang, which is powered by a Packard built Merlin V-12 engine. Needless to say, this brought the large crowd to a standstill!

Honorary Co-Chairmen (and announcers) were Phil Hill and Ken Vaughn, who for many years owned Hill & Vaughn, the prestigious restoration shop. Phil, while no stranger to Ferrari, is also an avid Packard admirer.

Also on the field was a display of vintage and contemporary Hot Rods, led by FCA member Dave Sydorick?s Boyd-built Alumacoupe. the race car class was to be seen and heard-FCA member Chuck Lamb had his McLaren M8D Can-Am car there which was fired up at regular intervals throughout the day.

Winner of the race car class was the 1949 Ferrari 166 Formula Libre car of Symbolic Motors brought by Bill Noon. Overall Best of Show went to the 1939 Packard 1708 Sport Phaeton of General William Lyon.

The Ferrari Class winners were:

Early Cars
1st 1953 340MM Symbolic Motorcars/
B. Chase
2nd 1956 250 TDF Jack Croul
3rd 1951 195S Ferrari of Beverly Hills
Late Cars
1st 1967 330 GTS Deane Gardner
2nd 1971 Daytona Spyder Tom Mouradick
3rd 1973 246 GTS Dino David Pham