A BMW 3.0 CSL and a BMW M1 on the grounds of Ramapo College. Photos courtesy Ramapo Concours d’Elegance.
The inaugural Ramapo Concours d’Elegance took place on the campus of Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey, last June 6. As with the Cars and Coffee events that inspired it, the show was a success, raising money to support both Ramapo College and the Hackensack University Medical Center. With the debut event now in the rearview mirror, the Ramapo Concours has announced its classes for 2016.
The Micro Car Class carries over from 2015.
Unlike more traditional concours events, which repeat popular classes and designate a few special or tribute categories each year, the Ramapo Concours features (nearly) all new classes for its sophomore year. Since BMW’s U.S. headquarters is in nearby Woodcliff Lake, and since BMW is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, the Bavarian brand is featured heavily in this year’s festivities, with classes for Rare BMW Models; Early BMW Motorcycles; BMW 2002 – A Brand Icon; and BMW M Cars – New and Vintage. The show’s next class, Micro Cars, will likely be populated with more than a few BMW Isettas, the bubble car (built under license from Italy’s Iso) that kept BMW in the black in the mid to late 1950s. The Micro Car class is the only carry-over from 2015.
2015’s Shelby-Powered Class will be replaced by 2016’s 60s American Muscle.
Rounding out the 2016 event will be 60s American Muscle; Retired Race Cars (open to all years and models); Rally Cars; Lamborghini (all years and models); and Ferrari (all years and models). Each class will be judged for first, second and third place, and additional awards will include the Student Judges Award, the Presenting Sponsor Award, the President’s Award, and, of course, Best in Show.
The 2016 Ramapo Concours d’Elegance will take place on Saturday, June 11, followed by a scenic driving tour of the area on Sunday, June 12, ending at the Thayer Hotel on the grounds of the West Point Military Academy. The tour is open to all, though tickets (which include a catered lunch) must be purchased in advance.
For more details on the 2016 Ramapo Concours d’Elegance, visit RamapoConcours.com.