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Elegance on display at car show in Beverly this Sunday to benefit Endicott College

Posted by Ryan Mooney  July 25, 2012 11:04 AM

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A 1910 Oakland 24 Roadster, of which only three are known to exist worldwide.

Photo by Bahrat Parmar Photography

The name North Shore Concours d'Elegance should say it all.

The car show at Misselwood on the campus of Endicott College this Sunday promises to be not only elegant, but in many ways a trip through time with antique vehicles from every era.

But according to the event's organizer, Patrick Cornelissen, it's more than just a car show.

"The main focus is cars and motorcycles, but we really want to make it a nice day out for both young and old," Cornelissen said.

Along with rare and exotic vehicles from all over the East Coast and as far away as Canada, highlights of the event - now in its third year - include a series of fashion shows by Loraine Roy Designer Boutique in Danvers, a fancy hat competition with prizes such as a trip to a day spa and gift certificates to local boutiques, and product displays from Rolex and Lyon-Waugh ranging from high-end watches to the latest model BMWs and Porsches.

Local artists will also be in attendance displaying their work, and Frank DiMartino - an artist from New Jersey known for his canvas automobile paintings - will be on hand.

Ray Novack, the popular music teacher and band director who retired this summer after 35 years at Beverly High School, will entertain with jazz music throughout the day.

There will also be a Sam Adams-sponsored bistro with beer and wine.

"It's a really a fun day by the ocean, and a great way to spend the afternoon," Cornelissen said.

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Cars on display at the 2011 Concours d'Elegance at Misselwood in Beverly.

Photo by Bahrat Parmar Photography

Many car shows have a charitable component, but what sets the North Shore Concours d'Elegance apart from others is that 100 percent of the profit goes toward scholarships for Endicott College.

Last year's event, which drew thousands of people, raised over $10,000 for student scholarships according to Cornelissen.

"It's really unlike other shows where a car club is involved," Cornelissen said. "Everything we do, we do for the scholarship fund. We have about 40 volunteers helping, we have a lot of sponsors helping us out, so it's a great day and a great show for a very good cause."

Some of the cars featured in the event's first two years include a 1910 Oakland 24 Roadster - of which only three are known to exist worldwide - a 1950 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Coupe, and a 1904 Grout Steamer.

A 1931 Packard 840 Dietrich Convertible Sedan won Best of Show in 2010, and a 1932 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Phaeton - the personal vehicle of Fred Duesenberg - took the honor last year.

"It's something I think that the car owners enjoy very much, because of the setting," Cornelissen said. "And the general public will get to see classic cars that typically are inside museums or private collections and don't come out and see the daylight too often."

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Misselwood this Sunday. Tickets are $10 for general admission ($7 for Beverly residents), and children 12 and under get in for free. For more information visit the North Shore Concours d'Elegance website.

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