The concours side of things follows a broadly similar format to the UK where cars are placed into classes and judged against other vehicles. The main difference is that several manufacturers and models are represented. It certainly means that the judges earn their money and need to know their onions!
However, the ‘show’ side of the event is somewhat different to the traditional Riley event. The event is all ticketed and the tickets are similar in price to attending a traditional national motorshow. Having said that, the event is more like a traditional motor show with virtually all of the significant manufacturers being present.
They clearly view the captive audience of ‘petrol heads’ (or gear heads in the states) as one to target with the latest models from their range.
This is a concept and proposal that is moving more into the UK and it certainly offers something very different for exhibitor and visitor alike.
Whilst some will consider it rather odd to sit in a field behind your polished and restored motor car, we all know that some will find it rather odd to bounce up and down in a muddy field in an expensive and valuable Bentley. We all like our own flavour of motoring and motorsport and long may that continue.
One final thought I would like to leave with is the sheer numbers of people present at these types of events is great to see. These visitors are all being introduced to makes and models that they have often not heard of and that has to be a positive.