, Salem, MA


July 28, 2011

Elegance on wheels

Classic cars on display at Endicott's Misselwood Estate

It's going to look like old times on Beverly's Gold Coast this Sunday when 85 antique automobiles arrive at Endicott College for the North Shore Concours d'Elegance.

Some of the most beautiful old cars in the world — including a 1932 Duesenberg, a 1910 Oakland and a 1936 Cord 810 Westchester — will be on display at the college's Misselwood Estate from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

"You see a car from then, and you have to turn your head," said Patrick Cornelissen, who organized the concours and serves as director of operations for the conferencing department at Endicott, in addition to lecturing in its hospitality department and managing La Chanterelle, Endicott's classroom restaurant.

Visitors won't have to crane their necks at the college, however, because they will be able to "come up close and witness firsthand the beauty of all these cars," which were "so different, individual and stylish back then," Cornellisen said.

With ocean views and landscaped grounds, Misselwood is one of several historic homes at the college that served as a summer escape for Boston's wealthy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

It is a French-style manor, according to Cornellisen, a native of Belgium who moved to America eight years ago, making it a perfect setting for this show.

The concours is a French tradition and dates from before the 17th century, when owners of carriages put them on display to showcase "elegant, high-class standards" in workmanship, Cornellisen said. These events eventually featured automobiles.

Endicott's concours will feature more than cars. Signatures of Salem will be at Sunday's event, presenting women's fashions. Artworks from members of The Guild of Beverly Artists will also be exhibited.

In addition, local musicians will entertain throughout the afternoon, and Frank DiMartino of New Jersey will show his paintings of automobiles. Sam Adams Bistro will serve refreshments, and historic tours of the Misselwood will be available.

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