The Radnor Hunt Club sits among the undisturbed natural terrain of Chester County, and its preserved state offers the perfect setting for equestrianism, similar to how it provided the scene in the late 1800s as the oldest foxhunt in the United States.
The club’s presence as one of the most cherished institutions in the region makes it one of the most desirable locations for special events. Perhaps, though, there is no event more special than the Concours d’Elegance.
The Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance is relatively young, starting in 1997, but it has nudged its way into being one of the top Concours events in the country, attracting cars and visitors from all over the world. The allure of the event comes from the exclusivity of it, as the show field is nicknamed “The 100 Motor Cars of Radnor Hunt,” implying that only the best, most significant or most desirable cars will be featured every year. The Concours has kept to that standard since its conception, and remains fresh every year as the show cycles through different featured marques annually.
2015 saw the inclusion of Alfa Romeo as the dominant feature, but the Italian brand was surrounded by a wide variety of other spectacular vehicles as well. While McLaren is too young a road car company to be featured on the lawn, Maserati and Porsche made noteworthy contributions to this year’s show.
Among the cars on display was a Porsche 959, featured on the field again following another appearance of a different example at 2013’s event. This car was finished in Guard’s Red, allowing the subtle supercar to jump out to the eyes of the esteemed guests.
Flying a little more under the radar was a slightly off-white Maserati, with a near-tragic back story that made it a remarkable feature at this year’s event. The Maserati A6G 2000 is part of a family of cars from a variety of Italian coachbuilders, with chassis No. 2108 being an original Allemano-bodied car that was displayed at the 1956 New York Auto Show. But following a fire, the customer’s insurance company declared it totaled and the car sat until being purchased in 2005 and replaced with the Zagato body from chassis No. 2102, a car driven by Stirling Moss in practice for the 1956 Mille Miglia.
Outside of the 100 Motor Cars of Radnor Hunt, the new car paddock was the primary display for the types of cars that may grace the Radnor Hunt lawn in future decades. Drawing your eye was the corner belonging to the RDS Automotive Group, consisting of the most conspicuously-colored cars in the ring. Outside the McLaren Philadelphia tent, the brand new 570S sat luring visitors toward the tent which housed even more potent road-going offerings: the 650S Spider and a pair of P1s. All cars were finished in a variation of McLaren’s heritage color of orange.
Alongside McLaren Philadelphia was Porsche of The Main Line. The Porsche Premier dealership for 2015 was delivered two stunningly bright sports cars, as if they weren’t attractive enough already. The Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3, two of the most highly desirable cars in their respective classes, lit the way into the dealership’s tent where the rest of the brand’s lineup took their places. Maserati of The Main Line rounded out the group’s display with a handful of super luxury cars.
However, the cars dealerships bring out to Radnor can be somewhat predictable in many cases. What’s not predictable is what cars the event-goers will show up in.
The MotorSport Park, simply a name for the spectator parking area reserved for visitors with exclusive sports cars and exotics, has been one of the biggest draws of the Radnor Hunt Concours in recent years. Lamborghinis, Ferraris and more marques of all styles litter the rolling countryside behind the show field.
But the Porsche corral dominated simply by number, and by presence.
The Porsche 911 is unquestionably one of the most significant sports cars of all time, and with time, it became an even better competitor among its class. But that left older 911s to appear dated and even obsolete. One company, however, decided to reimagine the 911 and reinvigorate it. And that creation made its way into the MotorSport Park in the form of the Singer 911.
The Singer 911 is a highly modernized version of the 964 generation, producing horsepower numbers comparable to a modern 911 and a driving experience to match. With the rarity of the car, given that it often fetches half a million dollars, each car is nicknamed by the location it will reside. After a recent showing at Pebble Beach with its new owner, the “Philadelphia car” made its way home for an unannounced visit to the local Concours.
And that’s the joy of the Radnor Hunt Concours. As prestige for this event continues to build, the world’s most eccentric and desirable vehicles will continue to flock and substantiate it.