A 1932 Auburn boattail speedster has become the first Canadian-owned best-in-show winner at the fourth annual Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance held near Owen Sound, Ontario the weekend of September 18.

The eight-cylinder 8-100A owned by Gerry Hockin of Burlington, Ontario – which has formerly taken home first-prize honours at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg’s national meet, and has been shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California – features a period-correct black paint scheme and period-aftermarket Woodlite headlights.

The car beat out the winners of 19 other classes – selected from a total of more than 120 expertly restored classic vehicles – for the honour, and also won the people’s choice award. Prior best-in-show winners hailed from Pennsylvania, in 2013; Colorado, in 2014; and, last year, New York, making Hockin’s car the first Canadian winner of the Canadian event.

A concours d’elegance (French for “competition of elegance”) features only the finest, most accurately restored examples of classic automobiles and subjects them to scrutiny by expert judges, who evaluate them based on authenticity, finish and, of course, elegance.

The Cobble Beach concours was presided over by chief judge John Carlson of B.C., and was coordinated by show chairman and founder Rob McLeese.

The cars of the Cobble Beach concours

It featured several marque-specific classes introduced just this year, including a class solely for classic Packards, one for pre-1971 Aston Martins, and one just for Porsche 356s.

The display-only museum class included vehicles from sponsor Cadillac’s GM Heritage Center in Detroit, including the 2013 Elmiraj concept car and 1959 Cadillac Cyclone concept.


Cadillac also let the public sign up for test drives in essentially every new model now on the market, including the new Cadillac XT5 SUV. Hagerty classic car insurance, another sponsor, arranged similar test drives with cars including a 1965 Ford Mustang, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, and first-generation Ford Thunderbird.

Next year’s Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be held September 16 and 17 in Cobble Beach, near Owen Sound, Ontario.