Horsepower, but not from horses…….

None of the local clubs had any horse events scheduled over the weekend of June 11-12 so I was enjoying some leisure time at home catching up on my emails and doing some reading.  On Sunday morning, I received a text message from my friend Scott Giska asking if I was around and if he might be able to borrow a camera for a car show that he was planning to attend.  After a few messages back and forth, it was decided that Scott could borrow the camera, but that he would have to allow me to go along with him to the show.

Scott picked me up around noon in his black Porche Boxster convertible and we drove into Cincinnati to Ault Park where the 2011 Cincinnati Concours D’Elegance was being held.  The weather was perfect with temperatures in the mid 80’s and clear skies with a nice breeze.

What an event!  There were cars there from all over the country and even a few from Canada.  With the exception of a couple of local club groups, all other cars on exhibit were there by invitation only.  The theme was “Red Hot Rides: Ferraries and Fire Engines.”   Needless to say the number of Ferraris and other exotic makes was very high.  There were also several fire engines, a few motorcycles, a display of actual vintage Indy cars, along with several top notch antique autos.   Overall, there were about 225 vehicles on  display.

Scott and I spent the afternoon wandering the grounds looking at cars and being awed by the quality of the displays and by what a great venue Ault Park turned out to be to hold a really high class event like this.  Both of us had seen photos of the famous Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance and felt that the Cincinnati version was right up there with Peeble Beach, without the ocean, of course.  There was a large crowd that had paid the $25 entrance fee to get into the show, but the grounds were large enough to handle the crowd and one never felt overwhelmed by the numbers of spectators.  Thanks to all of the rain we had in April and May, the grounds were immaculate and most of the autos were parked in the lush grass.  That made it much nicer and more comfortable walking around than the typical situation at other events where the displays are on a concrete or blacktop surface.

Both Scott and I took photos throughout the afternoon.  When we got home, I combined our photos and have published the best of them on the website under the entry “UNREAL Horsepower.”  This has double meaning because the site normally only displays “real” horse photos and also because some of the exotic cars like the Ferraris and even some of the Indy Cars on display have an unreal amount of horsepower under the hood.

I hope you enjoy the photos.  I know that we sure had a ball taking them!

Rick

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