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Remembering Kathy Kincaid

“06880” reader Denise McLaughlin sent this along:

Westport lost one of its finest volunteers, and a champion of many worthy causes. Kathy Kinkaid died while on a cruise in the Greek Islands with her sister Suzie Shuck and her brother-in-law John Shuck.

Volunteering is a habit for some people, a pain for a few, and a privilege for others. Some do it when asked, some ask to do it.  Maybe it’s addictive because some people in Westport could be nominated for “Volunteer of the Day” several days a week, several months of the year, by more than one local charity or organization.

Kathy Kincaid

Kathy would be one of those people. The Westport Woman’s Club, Domestic Violence, Project Return, Clasp Homes and the beneficiaries of the Concours d’Elegance all got plenty of help from Kathy.

The Concours d’Elegance used hundreds of Westporters who volunteered to take make signs, guide valuable cars into place, sell tickets, and do the thousands of other details required to pull off a huge charity gig.

Many of those volunteers were solicited by Kathy Kincaid.  Those volunteers worked between two and perhaps hundreds of hours to raise money for autism, Rotary, the Westport Arts Center and the Westport Historical Society, among others.

Losing Kathy Kincaid, one of our leading volunteers and good citizens, is a reminder to all of us how much our community thrives because of the good work of many special Westporters like Kathy.

Concours, Of Course

If polo ponies have never lured you to the Fairfield County Hunt Club, maybe a 1963 Corvette will do the trick.

This weekend wickets will be replaced by wheels, as the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance takes over the often-passed-by, seldom-entered greensward off Long Lots Road near the Southport line.

The 7th annual event — combining all manner of cars (antique, sports, racing touring, vintage American and European) and rare motorcycles with seminars, demonstrations, exhibitions, artwork, tours and more — definitely has something for everyone.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the world’s expert on Chevy Fleetlines, or can’t tell a Maserati from a Kia.  You’ll find something of interest this weekend.

If you’re a car person you’ll realize it’s “one of the 4 or 5 best shows in the country,” says co-founder and chairman Bill Scheffler.  The event includes more than 200 classic and rare vehicles.

If you’re not, you’ll still marvel at the stories about hot rods, pre-war vehicles and “barn finds” (cars that languished under tarps for years).  You’ll learn a lot, on field walks led by experts and from informational placards posted near every auto shown.

Kids can enjoy taking apart a fiberglass replica, and posing for photos in cool cars.

This being Westport, there are opportunities to shop (and bid during the silent auction).

Tomorrow, over 50 rare cars take off from Hall-Brooke at 9:30 a.m., and return to the Hunt Club around 4 p.m.  The 50-mile jaunt through lower Fairfield County is called the Nutmeg Tour for Autism.

For more information, click here.

Concours Cars

The Army doctor, based overseas, performed surgery on a German man.  A week later he was invited to his patient’s castle.  The man’s wife thanked him profusely for his work.

The next day, back at the doctor’s quarters, a chauffeur appeared.  “Your car is here,” he said.

A 1964 Porsche 356 SC - the one to be shown at the Fairfield County Concours is white.

A 1964 Porsche 356 SC - the one to be shown at the Fairfield County Concours is white.

It was a Porsche.  So was the doctor’s patient — the nephew of the automobile manufacturer’s founder.

The doctor asked his colonel if he could accept the gift.  Of course, he was told.

Over the next several months, the nephew taught the doctor how to race.  He went through 3 Porsches.  Finally, before heading back to the States, the doctor insisted on paying for his next car.  His 1964 Porsche 356 SC — with the company’s first sunroof and disc brakes — cost $1,800.

The doctor — who lives near here, but asked for anonymity — is the original, and still sole, owner.  He loves driving that Porsche, but for most of the past 45 years it’s been garaged.

This weekend at the Fairfield County Hunt Club, you’ll get a chance to see it.  The Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance celebrates its 6th year, offering car and motorcycle aficionados 2 days of seminars, art and auto exhibitions, a scenic drive through Fairfield County, a reception and preview, a silent auction, children’s and educational activities — and a noon reveille with all vehicles revving their engines.

“It’s a fun, low-key event,” says Steve Novak, owner of a 1974 BMW 3.0CS (called “one of the most beautifully designed automobiles of all time”).  “There are lots of families with young kids.  It’s a chance to see cars you don’t always see on the street.”

Over 200 of the world’s most extraordinary automobiles and motorcycles — spanning 100 years of vehicular history — will be on display.  Among them:  all known postwar Packard concept cars;  a 1926 Pontiac 2-door coach; a 1955 Pontiac Star Chief Coupe (the oldest Pontiac still with its original owner) — plus that splendid Porsche, and its amazing back story.

(Proceeds benefit the Next Steps Developmental Center, through the Drive to Treat Autism Fund.  For more information, click here.)

The Packards Are Back

GM may soon be a memory.  Packards live on.

The last luxury automobile was produced in 1958. But on September 13, Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance hosts the world’s first display of an example of each Packard Concept Car ever built.

New Jersey collector Ralph Marano will display his entire Packard collection at the classic car and motorcycle event, at the  Fairfield County Hunt Club. The “missing link” — the last-ever 1956 Packard Predictor — comes from the National Studebaker Museum in Indiana.

Most of these concept cars are one-of-a-kind. Marano has displayed some before, but all have never been seen together.

Concours chairman Bill Scheffler calls it “an historic moment.”  Indeed:  As we say goodbye to the Hummer, we welcome back the Packard Vignale, Pan American and Panther.

Not a bad trade.

1955 Packard Panther

1955 Packard Panther