A little Rain Never Hurt Anyone
Recap of a Very wet morning spent at the 2016 Americana Concours
The Americana Councours held for the past 12 years at the Americana Manhasset shops in Manhasset, NY has been known to attract many interesting cars. From incredibly rare classics to the latest supercars. I've seen pictures from this show for quite a while, and finally I decided to make the trip up for the 2016 show
I was very excited to travel there this year, and had very high hopes that this year's show would not disappoint. Unfortunately, the weather looked increasingly uncooperative in the days leading up to the show. Nevertheless I decided to stick with the plan of heading up, and what a good decision that was.
When we arrived it was fairly early, and there wasn't a whole lot there yet. Though it wasn't too long before cars started trickling in. Starting off on a high note when this trio of incredible Porsches, brought by Porsche Rosyln, rolled in. Most surprising of all being the legendary Carrera GT, a car that is known to be very difficult to drive.
Ah, the 911R. What I originally though was just going to be one of those cars made up from the leftover parts from various other models, is actually stunning to behold. As a tribute to the original 911R, Porsche really blew me away with this car. Now with Porsche moving to turbocharge nearly everything, but cars like the GT3 and GT3 RS, this might be the last truly great naturally aspirated 911. As if it wasn't already good enough, Porsche decided to offer the car only with a manual transmission, which I think is a smart move to make this what I think is the ultimate driver's 911. Sure it's not gonna set any lap records, but that isn't what this car is about anyway.
Last, but by no means least, is arguably the coolest car of the three. Originally destined to participate off-road as a Group B rally car, the 959 ended up becoming a production car. At the time, this was the ultimate Porsche and one of the top cars in the world. It is also extremely rare, with just under 350 examples in the entire world.
Three cars in, and I'm already saying the trip was worth it entirely. Little did I know what was still to come...
DB5? British Racing Green 4 Cam? 365 GT4 BB? I wasn't expecting to see cars like this out in the weather we were experiencing.
Even a couple Lamborghinis joined us, like the Huracan Avio and the actual Hurcan given to the Italian State Police.
How about an olive drab i8 or another rare Porsche, this time in the form of a 964 Speedster? Yep, and these were spectator cars as well!
Of course, this wouldn't be complete without mentioning the poster car. A stunning example of the McLaren P1 finished in Amethyst Black. By far one of the best colors I've ever seen on any car.
I have to say for the first time attending the Americana Concours it was a great experience. I will definitely be headed back next year. I didn't want to make this post too long so please check out the gallery below for some more of the incredible cars that showed up this year.