For the past two years, I have had the privilege of being the official photographer for the prestigious Misselwood Concours d’Elegance event at the Misselwood Estate. The event takes place on the rocky coast of Beverly, Massachusetts at Endicott College. It is considered to be one of the most scenic concours venues in New England, and features classic cars and motorcycles from all over the country.
This year I reached out to the host of the event, Darren Stewart and asked if in addition to photographing the cars, if I could walk around the grounds and make suggestions about where to place the cars to make them look more visually appealing.Making these suggestions, not only benefits myself as a photographer, but also benefits other photographers who promote the venue through their work. Obtaining substantial shots gives this event better publicity so that they can obtain more sponsorships in the future. Next year, I also plan to provide maps for volunteers, and bring in more unique and interesting vehicles. This year, the event took place on Saturday, July 23 and I could not have asked for better weather. On the Saturday before the show, members of the board for the show always have what we call, a road tour. This is where we travel along the coastline towards Newburyport and Gloucester. My friend Michael Demetrio came along for the ride with his lovely Morgan 3 Wheeler.
While we were driving along the coast, we drove through quaint towns with shops and people walking around. Everyone stopped in their tracks, as the Morgan roared its way through all of the towns. It’s a great feeling when people stare at the car you’re in thinking, ‘WOW look at that thing!’ Halfway through the road tour, I hopped into a friend’s Ford Model T, and continued the adventure. The Ford Model T is a super intense car. I wouldn’t drive it around unless I was in a coastal slow driving road tour. All in all, this year’s road tour was spectacular. We shared many laughs, and I met some wonderful people.
As we set off, I had the honor of placing our car between an Aston Martin DB4GT which was driven by RM Vehicle Specialist, Don Rose and a Dodge Roadrunner Superbird that was driven by Lew Bednarczuk, who happens to be the owner of Classic Motorcars. These are two very different cars, but I knew it would provide great imagery for the Concours. To wrap up the night before the big event, the president of Endicott College, Richard Wylie, held a party at his house with live jazz music, an open bar, and appetizers.
The next morning, I arrived at the estate around 5:30 a.m., hoping to photograph an epic sunrise. Unfortunately, I was disappointed because the sun was not in the position that I had hoped for. I had some time on my hands before the show officially started, and I wanted to help out as much as I could. I rearranged the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group cars to fit them in the area given with the desired look. As the cars were arriving, I felt honored to set up a few of the spaces, making sure the wheels were turned a certain way, and that the cars were positioned in the best way, instead of randomly placed somewhere.
This year, Mike Demetrio, who owns the Morgan 3 Wheeler, brought three of his eclectic motorcycles from his collection. The Bimota Tesi 3D, Ducati Desmosedici RR, and the OCC Patriot’s Bike. Speaking of the OCC Patriots Bike, Paul Jr. from Paul Jr. Designs, brought four of his incredible creations and put them on display near the VIP tent.
Bella Sera, a bridal company that provides models for the event, always puts on an elegant fashion show. Heidi Nicholson, the CEO of Bella Sera, brought a few gorgeous models to strut their stuff on the back patio, displaying the eye-catching dresses that the have to offer. http://www.bellaserabride.com
Norman Shanklin won Best of Show with his 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. This car happens to be the sister car to the red Rolls Royce that won this award in 2015.
All in all, this was another successful year for this wonderful event. I’m so happy to be involved in this event, and I look forward to next year. For more information about Misselwood Concours, visit their website at http://www.endicott.edu/concours.aspx
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