THE SCOOP SPOTLIGHT
Newport Concours & Motor Week, a world-class event for all demographics and lifestyles happening October 3-6, 2019, will celebrate the story of the automobile, sportsmanship and racing history in the Northeast with the greatest cars made taking center stage. Famed entertainer, renowned car enthusiast and Newport resident Jay Leno will serve as event chairman while TV personality Donald Osborne, one of the world’s premier automotive experts, will chair the Concours d’Elegance.
Events during Motor Week will take place at Newport's most breathtaking venues including The Breakers, Rough Point, Redwood Library and Ochre Court. The International Tennis Hall of Fame will host the "Concours Village” which will be home to symposiums featuring expert automobile collectors and celebrity guests, a first-rate classic car auction, car displays, merchandise and a Friday (Oct. 4) night concert by Grammy, Emmy, Golden Globe, Tony and Oscar-Award winning artist, John Legend.
The Tour d’Elegance begins Saturday with a morning drive across the iconic Newport Pell Bridge, through downtown Newport, out to Fort Adams to welcome visitors, then later, continuing on scenic Ocean Drive to tony Bellevue Avenue. That evening will be the highly-anticipated Victorian Masquerade gala at The Breakers for the Audrain Automobile Museum’s fifth anniversary celebration emceed by John O’Hurley (best known as “J. Peterman” of Seinfeld fame and a fierce competitor on Dancing with the Stars) with entertainment by Grammy award-winning artist, Kenny Loggins.
Newport is a natural venue for these myriad events to unfold as the City by the Sea hosted one of the first sanctioned track races in our country. It’s where Willie K. Vanderbilt raced his wealthy friends and fellow pioneering gear-heads in the Vanderbilt Cup at Newport's Aquidneck Park horse track (which today is home to the Newport State Airport).
For additional details on the event, visit audrainconcours.com
photo: Matthew Newton