2009 Glenmoor Gathering

A 1930 Duesenberg J convertible coupe by Hibbard & Darrin of Paris owned by the “OFF Brothers”- Ron Elenbaas and Bill Johnson of Richland, Michigan- received top honors at the 15th annual Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles. The invitation-only concours was held September 18-20 at historic Glenmoor Country Club near Canton, Ohio.

The Duesenberg, which was originally built for Honore Palmer of Chicago and Paris, was one of more than 200 motorcars and motorcycles on display at this year’s event. The 2009 highlights included “The Automobiles of Edsel Ford” featuring cars owned by Mr. Ford, as well as those designed during his presidency of Ford and Lincoln Motor Companies.

A special display of 10 vintage 1934 Ford hot rods, curated by hot rod and custom car authority Ken Gross, included the Pierson Brothers coupe and the So-Cal Speed Shop coupe.

Grand Marshal was Moray Callum, Executive Director Ford North Americas Design. A true “car guy,” Callum enjoyed visiting with car exhibitors and attendess throughout the weekend.

The show is a weekend event, capped off by the concours on Sunday. But, as the event’s executive director, David Shcultz pointed out, there’s plenty to enjoy on Sunday- cooking demonstrations, junior judging, unique automotive displays and, his favorite, “a genuine automotive forensics expert” who’s station in the “Glenmoor Garage.”

“Attendance was the largest ever and the show field was simply outstanding,” said Schultz. “Despite a tough economy, the cars and the people turned out.”

The 2009 event also recognized another special group of cars-the “Vintage French Front” automobiles which featured the swooping fronts popular with many early automobiles such as Renault and Franklin.

Alice Ramsey, who, in 1909, became the first woman to drive an automobile across the United States, was also recognized at this year’s event. A 1909 Maxwell, restored by Richard Anderson of Washington State to the exact condition of Alice’s, was on display. It was driven by his daughter, Emily, during a recreation of Alice’s exact route this past summer.

In addition to several automotive authors, 10 artists had their automotive artwork on display and for sale throughout the weekend. The 2009 poster artist was Camilo Pardo, an internationally-known automotive artist and former automotive designer for Ford Motor Company, who was responsible for the redesign of Ford’s legendary GT-40.

Once again, there was a “behind the scenes” tour of the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum’s storage and restoration facility in Macedonia, Ohio on Friday and the always-popular Countryside Tour through northeast Ohio’s Amish country was held Saturday morning.

A variety of events, including cooking demonstrations and the Glenmoor Garage, took place on Sunday. Kids participated in the Junior Judges program sponsored by Hagerty Classic Insurance and Sugardale Foods sponsored a coloring contest and coloring book. FedEx Custom Critical auto transport gave away free FedEx transport truck models to the first 100 kids at the Gathering.

The annual concours benefitted Mercy Medical Center in Canton and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hopsital in Cleveland. Proceeds from the Gathering will help raise money and awareness to fund patient care programs, research and education, community outreach and cutting edge technology to enhance the missions of these two hospitals.