The first annual Art In Motion Concours d‘Elegance of Speed and Power at Monticello Motor Club – created to celebrate the speed and sounds of these automotive works of moving art by utilizing MMC’s private 4.1-mile race track – drew nearly 1,000 visitors to Sullivan County and featured some of the most significant and prestigious sports and racing cars ever produced.
“We have such a unique environment here at Monticello Motor Club. It allowed us to marry three things: a fine country club atmosphere with 5-star food and hospitality, a world class race track, and the sights and sounds of sports and racing cars in constant motion,” Art In Motion Co-Founder and Managing Director Matt Peckham said.
All proceeds from the one-day event were donated to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a not-for-profit cultural organization, to benefit its education and community outreach programming.
“We are so grateful to be the beneficiary of the first ever Art in Motion event. We cannot thank the Monticello Motor Club enough,” started Darlene Fedun, Bethel Woods’ Chief Executive Officer. “Fundraisers like this one are vital to our continued sustainability, and will directly impact our ability to present diverse programming that inspires creativity and community engagement among young people and their families.”
A special charity auction, managed by David Gooding of California-based Gooding & Company, featured a fully restored 1954 Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster, donated by Monticello Motor Club member Matt Fassnacht. A fellow MMC member made the winning bid of $125,000.
“The winner actually bid on the car so that he could gift it to his father-in-law, who was celebrating his 81st birthday by attending the AIM event,” Peckham said. “In the ‘50s, when he was in the service, the father-in-law got to sit in the same kind of Jag in England, and always said he wanted to own one someday.”
Some of the event’s featured vehicles included a 1954 Maserati A6GCS Spider, a 1974 Ferrari BBLM, a 1949 Talbot Lago T26C Factory Grand Prix, a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS, the only 1955 Ghia Aigle Alfa Romeo in existence, 20 percent of the Cunningham C-3 Coupes ever built by Briggs Swift Cunningham, and a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Boano.
The event was also able to attract an extensive list of significant Porsche race and sports cars, thanks to AIM’s feature marque, Porsche. Those on site included seven different 4-cam Porsches from the ‘50s and ‘60s and a full representation of other Porsches, from the 906, to the 917, 934, 935, 962, 959 and of course, a Porsche Tractor.
Each of the event’s head class judges have been chief judges at other events, and regularly participate at the largest and most prestigious concours events in the country. Guest judges included Wayne Carini (Guest Concours Judge), the host of Chasing Classic Cars on the Velocity channel (currently in its 7th season) and the proprietor of F40 Motorsports sales and restoration services; and Danny Sullivan (Guest Competition/Racecar Judge), a former American racing driver who earned 17 wins in the CART IndyCar World Series.
Full concours judging was based on country of origin, and was further broken down into racecar and sports car classes.
“The setting at MMC was second to none, and offered the participants and attendees an experience like no other concours venue ever could,” Monticello Motor Club Co-Founder and Partner Paul Queally said. “We were overwhelmed by the response of everyone who attended; owners, judges, members, friends, and families. We are already making plans to grow the experience with our partner, Montreign Resort Casino.”
“This event would not have been possible without Motor Club management, our hardworking staff, Montreign Resort Casino, and especially, Motor Club member Matt Fassnacht, who provided the centerpiece our auction — a 1954 Jaguar Roadster,” said Ari Straus, CEO and Managing Partner of Monticello Motor Club and a member of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Board of Trustees. “These partnerships help us continuously improve the quality of life regionally and stimulate economic growth in the area.”
Next year’s invitation-only AIM schedule of events will span from Oct. 6, 2017 through Oct. 8, 2017, and will include a Concours d‘Elegance, a time-speed-distance road rally, regional tours, a special concert and fundraising gala, professional off-road rallying, and an auction that will feature a private offering of a select number of cars and memorabilia.