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The Packard convertible wins the prize at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance


A 1948 Packard Cabriolet Victoria by Vignale was chosen as this year’s Best in Show at the 26th edition Greenwich Concours d’Eleganceheld recently at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park overlooking Greenwich Harbour.

The car, with bodywork by Italian coachbuilder Vignale, was exhibited by the Marano Collection of Garwood, NJ

The 2022 event in Greenwich marked a return to the event’s traditional June dates – following a COVID-19 hiatus – while establishing more of the weekend’s focus on celebrating motoring culture on Saturdays and respect for the tradition of competitions on Sunday. The event was organized by Hagerty, a Michigan-based company which strives to save driving and motoring culture for future generations.

“We believe there’s a ‘language’ to running a concours – the cars, the setting, the people – and there’s no better time and place to do it than on a Sunday. spring along Greenwich Harbor with fellow car enthusiasts,” said McKeel Hagerty. , CEO of Hagerty. “The Packard selected as the best of the show embodies that spirit of that language – a spirit that the judges recognized after significant deliberation. A very special thank you to all of the entrants, their teams, and the winners.

As for the winning car, Packard lacked the financial muscle of its competitors. To add flair to its lineup and boost stagnant sales, Packard ordered seven concept cars, including the one-of-a-kind Victoria cabriolet that was on display.

While construction began in 1938, the car was hidden away during World War II and work was completed in 1948. The aluminum body is mounted on a 1939 pre-war Packard 120 chassis and is powered by a 120 horsepower, 282 cubic inch straight engine. eight.

To reinforce its European heritage, the gauges are marked in kilometers and the taillights are from Fiat. The hood, however, opens from both sides, just like a typical 1948 Packard. post-war.

The classic car was one of many cars on display at this year’s competition, which included Alvis, Aston Martin DB, Cadillac Eldorado, Chrysler “Letter Cars”, Rolling Bones Hot Rods, Powered by America, Vignale bodied cars and a class of vintage vans.

Saturday’s Cars & Community presented by Griot’s Garage featured three seminars as well as Concours exhibits from Lemons and RADwood. On Sunday, national and international brands were celebrated at the 26th annual Concours d’Elegance.

Founded in 1996, the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance is a premier three-day motoring event featuring rallies, luxury shopping, rides and drives, new vehicle experiences and seminars.

Greenwich student wins Fulbright scholarship

Amanda Brea, a student at Greenwich, has been granted one of the most prestigious academic opportunities available.

Brea, who attended public schools in Greenwich, recently graduated from Northeastern University in Boston. She has just been named a Fulbright scholar and is going to continue her studies in Spain.

The Fulbright Program is considered one of the most prestigious academic programs in the world with heads of state, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, and leaders in business, science, and the arts.

According to Brea’s mother, town resident Maria Brea, “It’s not just a testament to her hard work, but also to the education she received in the Greenwich public school system.”

Brea attended Old Greenwich Primary School, Eastern Middle School and Greenwich Secondary School before going to university, from which she graduated on May 13 Summa Cum Laude and was named on the Huntington 100 list of the best students in the Northeastern University community.

She earned two bachelor’s degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Theater with a concentration in Performance Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

Brea spent a six-week summer session in Pamplona, ​​Valencia and Madrid, Spain, taking culture and language classes. She was also scheduled for a Spring 2020 semester abroad at Carlos III University in Madrid which had to be cut short after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Fulbright program, Brea will travel to the Canary Islands from September 2022 to June 2023 as an English teaching assistant working with elementary school students.

Brea said she will also work there as part of long-term community service and hopes her project “will focus on empowering women and girls in the host community to develop their skills in public speaking, empathetic listening, collaboration and leadership through improv and theater workshops”. .

“I hope to work with children, teens or adult women who don’t have access to the arts due to academic or financial barriers, and empower them to find their voice,” she said.

Brea credited the instruction she received at the Greenwich Performing Arts Center owned by Michelle Marceau.

“I grew up at the studio, taking lessons there from the age of 7,” Brea said. “My eventual role as a teacher and director of their summer program was instrumental in providing me with the teaching experience and exposure to working with children of all ages and backgrounds. It prepared me for my role as a Fulbright Scholar. I recognize that Ms. Marceau is one of the best teachers and mentors I have ever had. She inspired me to pursue this dream opportunity through her encouragement and unwavering support.