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Renowned Car Show Features Classic Cars and More

WESTPORT, Conn. — Celebrating its eighth year, the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance rolls into Westport on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Fairfield County Hunt Club, 174 Long Lots Road.

The event begins with a Car Club Celebration at 9:30 a.m. The public is welcome to attend this day of seminars, art and automobilia exhibitions. Bonhams fine art auctioneers will preview its Sunday auction and hold a sale of Rolls-Royce- and Bentley-related items.

The Classic Car Club of America will host its Grand Classic Event. The Nutmeg Tour for Autism will lead Concours vehicles on a scenic drive through Fairfield County, followed by the Toast the Tour Reception from 4 to 6 p.m., which will benefit The Drive to Treat Autism Fund (advance ticket purchase required, www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com ). The Bonhams Pre-Auction Reception follows from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (Toast the Tour ticket or Bonhams ticket required).

Throughout the following day, Sunday, Sept.18, Concours d'Elegance will showcase more than 200 extraordinary automobiles and motorcycles from around the world, all of which span the past 100 years. Among them will be Chrysler Hemi-powered vehicles, CCCA Grand Classic 100 Point Winners, Porsche, Jaguar E-type, Woodies, barn finds and preservation vehicles.

Three Cunningham C-3 coupes manufactured by former Greens Farms resident Briggs Cunningham will be showcased: an original 1953 Coupe still owned by the Cunningham family. There is also a 1952 Coupe rescued in 2004 from South America — the only C-3 factory-fitted for racing, which has just emerged from a five-year restoration. Unique to the collection is a "barn find," a 1952 Coupe that sat idle for more than 20 years in upstate Connecticut.

There will also be children's activities, educational programs, art and automobilia displays and a silent auction and raffle by the Westport Rotary Club . And Bonhams will hold its Exceptional Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia.

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