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A Football-free Weekend in Canton, Ohio

The home of the National Football Hall of Fame has no problem attracting gridiron fans, but thanks to a prestigious country club, Canton has also become a must-visit destination for car enthusiasts every September.

It may be hard to believe that anyone in this football-crazed town would turn off their televisions on a Sunday in the fall, but this past weekend, thousands chose to spend a sunny 70 degree afternoon at the Glenmoor Country Club for the 17th annual Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles

The Glenmoor Gathering Show Field

Glenmoor has established itself as a premiere concours event by inviting significant cars from all over the country.  The classic cars on display this year brought pedigrees from Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, and Meadow Brook.  Many of these cars will be invited to elite shows in the future, as Glenmoor's spectators included decision-makers from the major concours-level events.

Glenmoor Gathering executive director David Schultz once again made sure there was something for everyone at the show.  Visitors had a chance to meet George Barris, creator of the Batmobile and many other Hollywood automotive favorites.  Another silver screen legend, Tom Mix, was remembered as fans crowded around a Cord that the actor had customized to suit his Western film lifestyle.  The car featured leather finishing on the rear wheel wells, while a revolver holstered near the steering wheel helped keep bank robbers away.

  

The "Tom Mix" 1937 Cord Model 812

There was a vintage motorcycle display area, and a couple of antique fire trucks from New York and Rhode Island made the long trip along Interstate 90.

    1942 Ford American La France Fire Truck/Pumper, used in Canandaigua, New York

 

A special section of the field was dedicated to cars designed by Carrozzeria Ghia, and European motorsports were further reflected by several early Porsche models.

          

1953 Cadillac Series 62 by Ghia

                                                                   

Porsche 550 RS Spyder

 

While the big crowds were most interested in the Sunday headliners, a more intimate group of collectors kept busy for the rest of the weekend.  Several exhibitors enjoyed a tour of the area in their vintage cars on Friday, and Saturday featured a sale by Classic Motorcar Auctions.  The Classic Car Club of America held a Grand Classic show on the Glenmoor front lawn on Saturday that showcased dozens of cars.

                                      

 Glenmoor's Front Lawn featured a CCCA Grand Classic

 

Saturday night brought out the exhibitors and their guests in their finest attire at a formal banquet featuring a menu prepared by Glenmoor's famous executive chef, Brendan Meeker.  A charity auction was incorporated into a gala dinner on Saturday, where attendees heard from Steve Moskowitz, the event’s honorary charirman.  Moskowitz, who heads up the wonderful Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, urged collectors to come together with ideas about bringing more young people into the car hobby.  Steve’s words were warmly received, and he must have been pleased to see that David Schultz had arranged a special award for the Best in Show as judged by Canton-area youths.

The city of Canton is within a reasonable drive of a huge percentage of the U.S. and Canadian population.  While a trip to Pebble Beach or Amelia Island may be out of reach for some, the Glenmoor Gathering offers similar quality cars in a very comfortable and casual atmosphere.  You won't regret the trip to Glenmoor, and you can always get your football fix at the Hall of Fame on your way out of town.

Paul Morrissette

About Paul Morrissette

Paul has been working with classic car owners and their insurance agents throughout his 25 year career with Chubb Insurance. A lover of all collector cars, he is particularly fond of British roadsters. The Chubb team jokes that they don't need directions to Paul's house, they just follow the leaks.

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