Jaguar-MG Concours d’Elegance: See Dazzling Classic Cars

The Jaguar Drivers Club of Long Island and the MG Car Club-Long Island Centre will hold their annual Invitational Concours d‘Elegance, show of vintage and new automobiles, on Sunday, September 10, from 11:00 to 4:00 at the Vanderbilt Museum. (Rain date: September 17.) The Vanderbilt Museum is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, N.Y.

Vintage Jaguars and MGs in the Vanderbilt Mansion Courtyard
Photo by Steve Becker

The Vanderbilt Museum has honored William K. Vanderbilt II’s automotive legacy by hosting classic-car shows on its grounds for more than three decades.

To register a car for the show, call Mike Carroll at 516-607-6074.

Car show attendees pay general museum admission at the door: $7 adults, $6 seniors (62 years and older) and students with ID, $3 children 12 and under. There is no additional charge to attend the car shows. Food will be available for purchase.

This year the car clubs will include a youth judging program, in which children and young adults can learn about a variety of classic cars. They will be invited to participate in a simple, fun judging process. With hats, shirts and name badges to identify them, the young judges will evaluate a small group of select cars based on a variety of categories, while engaging with the owners of each vehicle. When scoring is completed, the young judges will personally introduce the winners at the end of the event.

(Note: General admission includes estate-grounds access to the Memorial Wing natural-history and ethnographic-artifact galleries, Nursery Wing, Habitat Room, Egyptian mummy and Stoll Wing animal-habitat dioramas. For a Mansion tour or a Planetarium show, add $6 per ticket. On summer Saturdays and Sundays, tickets for Living History tours are $8.)

Mr. Vanderbilt, a pioneer race driver who competed in Europe, brought auto racing to the United States. He inaugurated the famous Vanderbilt Cup Races in 1904. That same year, he set a new land-speed record of 92.3 miles per hour in a Mercedes at a course in Florida. He also spurred the development of the American auto industry and built the prototype for the first toll road, the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway on Long Island.

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