Saturday, November 8, 2008

Geneva Concours D'Elegance

THE 4th EDITION OF THE GENEVA , IL Show turned out to be the biggest and best ot all! Blessed with excellent weather, the event ran from August 22nd - 24th, with the Concours on Sunday.

In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the New York to Paris Great Race, the Guest-of-Honor was Jeff Mahl, the great grandson of the winning driver, George N. Schuster. George drove the 1907 Thomas Flyer into Paris, after 169 days and some 22,000 miles of travel by land and sea!

It was my privilege to be assigned as Jeff's T-Bird chauffer and guide during his visit. Jeff presented his unique program, recreating the 1908 Race as related by his great grandfather. Adopting the part in the first person, Jeff's two presentations -on Saturday and Sunday - chronicled the hardships of the Race with a most impressive series of photos projected on a large screen.

Saturday featured a 1-hour back-roads ("E"-Bird) tour to visit the fabulous car collection at the Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. Among the countless exotics, we spotted our favorite, a Goldenrod Yellow 1955 T-Bird!

CTCC members in the Show with their T-Birds were: Larry Johnson, Lorry Kelly, Pete Kramer and Bob Lindsten. Congratulations to Bob Lindsten who captured a Trophy with his '56 'Bird!

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