Awards and Recognition

  • A few words if we might: Awards are meaningful to both the curators and owners of vehicular recipients and the craftspeople here at ARI and VRS who have had a hand in the accomplishment. All are much appreciated as are the opportunities our clients have afforded us to do work we are all proud of. This said, the award that counts the most to us is the reward our clients find in owning and enjoying the fruits of our labors. Personal accolades are by far the most important. We’ve been at this craft for several decades and our work has garnered a closet full of recognition we here at ARI & VRS are grateful to have had a part in. Awards are certainly acknowledgements of accomplishments in the restoration quality, care and feeding of great cars but they are far from the WHOLE measure of a vehicles condition or value. Most often judged on a combination of appearance and provenance, awards seldom account for the operational functional aspects of our finished products. In our view great cars are as much about how the “feel” and perform as their appearance. It is in an owner’s assessment of all the aspects of a finished restoration that we believe we best show our abilities. Our cars both show and GO well. Our client’s recognition of these achievements is our true reward.

    With well over 3 decades invested in restoring some of the greatest cars built, the award list gets a bit too boastful. Following is a list of recent awards and some highlights of the more distant past. There’s more, much more; should any award questions need answers please feel free to call or E-mail. We’ll be happy to complete the picture whenever needed. See also our Awarded PP for some photos of these great cars. A few illustrated examples might be just the thing to start this list.

    1st in Class, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Class Award Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, Best In show Alden Sherman Classic & The Grand Marshalls Award Greenwich Concours International. 1955 Pegaso Z103 Touring Berlinetta

    1st in class, Sunday In The Park Concours d’Elegance as presented by Sir Stirling Moss. Could it get better?

  • 2014: A few but not all of the awards garnered by vehicles we restored or prepared

    • Elegance Cup – Finest Coachbuilt Ferrari, 1965 500 Superfast, Cavallino Classic 33
    • 1st in Class, – 1951 Cisitalia 202SC Pinninfarina Spyer, , Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Amelia Island, FL
    • Most Outstanding Finish - 1970 Dodge Challenger 440/6 Convertible, Greenwich Concours America
    • Award of Excellence, 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, Greenwich Concours America
    • The Grand Marshall’s Award - 1958 Pegaso Z103 Coupe, Greenwich Concours International
    • Best international Touring Car - 1954 Pegaso Z-103 Saoutchik Cabriolet, Greenwich Concours International
    • Best Italian GT car 1960-61 - 1961 OSCA 1600 Berlinetta GT Zagato, Greenwich Concours International
    • Most Outstanding Finish presented by Meguiars - 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible, Greenwich Concours International
    • 1st in Class - 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series III Convertible, Concours of America, Plymouth, MI
    • People’s Choice – 1926 Kissel Car Roadster, Sunday in the Park Concours, Lime Rock Historic Festival
    • HVA, This Car Matters – 1954 Siata 208CS Stabilimenti Farina Coupe, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • A Damsel’s Delight – 1962 Wendler Bentley Shooting Brake, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in Class, “Just As We Found It” 1959 Alfa Romeo SZ Zagato Coupe, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in “A Sporting Proposition” 1965 Shelby Cobra, Sunday in the Park Concours, Lime Rock Historic Festival
    • 1st in Class, 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series III Convertible, Stan Hewitt Concours d’Elegance
    • Invited exhibit, the invite is the award: Ferrari 166mm #0300 by Oblin, St James Invitational. London, England
  • 2013: A few but not all of the awards garnered by vehicles we restored or prepared

    • 1st in class: 1954 Pegaso Z103 Touring Coupe, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
    • Amelia Award: 1927 Kissel Car Roadster, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in Class:1937 Bentley 4 ¼ liter Concealed Head Coupe by HJ Mulliner, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
    • Amelia Award: 1972 Maserati Ghibli SS Coupe, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
    • Most Outstanding Open Car 1936-1937: Cadillac Fleetwood 8 Convertible Sedan, Greenwich Concours America
    • Most Outstanding Open Car 1966-1969: 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible, Greenwich Concours America
    • 1st in Class: 1962 Ferrari SWB SuperAmerica Aerodynamica Coupe, Greenwich Concours International
    • Most Outstanding Finish: 1962 Bentley SII Continental Park Ward Drophead Coupe, Greenwich Concours International
    • 1st in class, Businessman’s Express, GT cars 1960-65: 1964 Ferrari 250GT Lusso, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • “Auriana’s Apple”: 1953 Cisitalia 202 SC Pinninfarina Spyder, Sunday in the Park Special Award
    • 2nd in class, 100 Years or Buick Brilliance: 1953 Buick “Woodie” Super 8 Wagon, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 3rd in class, Speed with Style Redux, GT cars 1970-85: 1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • Best of Show, Alden Sherman Classic - 1955 Pegaso Z103 Touring Berlinetta
  • 2012: A few but not all of the awards garnered by vehicles we restored or prepared

    • 1st in Class: 1962 Ferrari 400 Super America Aerodynamica, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa D’este
    • 1st in Class: Road and Track Cover Car Special Feature – 1975 Momo Mirage Frua Coupe, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
    • Grand Marshall’s Award by David E Davis: 1949 Cadillac 62 “Sedanette”, Greenwich Concours America
    • Most Elegant Hybrid GT: 1974 Momo Mirage, Greenwich Concours America & Concours International
    • Award of Excellence presented by Automobile Magazine: 1952 Siata-Crosley 300BC, Greenwich Concours International
    • Best English Drop Head Coupe: 1954 Jaguar XK 140 DHC, Greenwich Concours International
    • Most outstanding German Touring Car: Mercedes Benz 300 Adenauer, Greenwich Concours International
    • The Journalists Award Presented By Greenwich Times: 1953 Cisitalia 202 SC Pinninfarina Spyder, Greenwich Concours Int’l
    • Class Award: 1952 Siata-Crosley 300BC Aston Martin Owners Club, Lime Rock National Meet
    • 2nd in Class: 1955 Pegaso-Touring Z103 Berlinetta, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
    • Special Award Restoration Quality “From the Ground Up”: 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL “Gullwing”, Sunday in the Park Concours
    • 1st in Class, 1938 Pontiac Wagon (Woodie – a nearly 2 decade old restoration!): Sunday in the Park, Concours
    • 1st in class: 1952 Jaguar C type, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in class: 1963 Maserati Mistral Spyder, Sunday in the Park, Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in class: 1975 Momo Mirage Frua Coupe, Sunday in the Park, Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in class: 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL “Gullwing”, Coupe Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • Best of Show: Ferrari 400 Super America, Alden Sherman Classic
  • 2011: A few but not all of the awards garnered by vehicles we restored or prepared

    • Platinum Award: Cavallino Classic, Palm Beach, Florida, 1972 Ferrari 365GTC4
    • Most Outstanding Finish presented by Meguiars: 1963 Corvette Coupe, Greenwich Concours America
    • Award of Excellence Presented by Automobile Magazine: 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL, Greenwich Concours International
    • Most Outstanding Ferrari Coupe Presented by Miller Motorcars: 1964 Ferrari 250GT Lusso, Greenwich Concours Int’l
    • Best German Touring Car: 1991 BMW E-30, M3 Cabriolet, Greenwich Concours International
    • Most Outstanding Finish presented by Meguiars: 1964 Aston Martin DB5C, Greenwich Concours International
    • Special Award, Best Car for the Mille Miglia: 1949 Jaguar alloy body Roadster. Greenwich Concours International
    • Sunday Best Special Award: 1948 Cisitalia Nuvolari Spyder, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st, Keep the Shiny Side Up: 1967 Jaguar E Type Roadster. Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 2nd, Keep the Shiny Side Up: 1972 VW Karman Ghia Convertible. Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in class, Wheels for All: 1929 Gordon England Austin 7 Special, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in Class, Judges Choice, 1957 Ford Thunderbird, Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance
    • Special Award Woodies: 1949 Bentley, Rippon Continental Touring Salon, Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in class, Judges Choice, Post War 1946-59: 1954 Siata 208 SC Roadster, Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in class, Judges Choice Post War 1960-66, 1962 Ferrari SWB Super America Aerodynamica Coupe, Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance
  • 2010: A few but not all of the awards garnered by vehicles we restored or prepared

    • Best in Class, Sports and GT cars 1954-57, Siata 208BS Coupe, Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
    • 1st in class, 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud Convertible, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
    • Class award: 1950 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster, Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este
    • Most outstanding Finish: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L68 Roadster, Greenwich Concours America
    • Best Car for the Mille Miglia: 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy Roadster Greenwich Concours International
    • Most outstanding Mercedes Benz: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Coupe, Greenwich Concours International
    • Award of Excellence: 1960 Porsche 356B Roadster, Greenwich Concours International
    • Best English Salon Post 1963: 1964 Jaguar 3.8 MK II, Greenwich Concours International
    • Best Italian Sports Car 1946-63: 1962 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale, Greenwich Concours International
    • Best of Show: 1959 MGA Roadster, Darien Collectors Car Exhibit
    • The Rolls Royce Award: 1962 RR Silver Cloud II, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in Class, Sporting Standouts: 1949 Cadillac convertible, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in Class, Businessman’s Express: 1964 Alfa Romeo TX, Zagato coupe, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in class, GT cars 1956-65: 1964 Ferrari GT250 Lusso, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 2nd in class, Businessman’s Express: 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • 1st in class, Speed with Style: 1964 Ferrari 500 SuperFast, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • Special Award, From the Ground Up Restoration Perfection pre 1965: 1954 Siata 208BS Coupe, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
    • Skip Barber’s Award: 1967 Chevrolet L68 corvette Roadster, Sunday in the Park Concours d’Elegance
  • Past Awards Highlights

    2009 and earlier, a venue based summary of some, but by no means all, of the awards garnered by vehicles we restored.

    International and National level events

    Vehicles Restored by ARI craftsmen have taken class and special awards on many occasions at international events in North America and abroad. A partial list follows:

    • Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance – several class awards and a number of special awards
    • Antique Automobile Club of America – Numerous 1st Junior, Senior and preservation awards
    • Cavallino Classic – Platinum awards, Honorary Judges Cup, Best Restoration & others
    • Classic Car Club of America – Several 1st place and other awards and Grand National level events
    • Concours d'Elegance of America (formerly Meadowbrook) – Several class and special awards
    • Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este – Class awards and Best of show
    • Eyes On Design exhibit, Detroit, MI – invited exhibit, special award
    • Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance – numerous class and special awards
    • Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – several class awards, Road and Track and other special awards
    • Greenwich Concours America – Numerous class and special awards
    • Greenwich Concours International - Best of Show & numerous class and special awards
    • Newport Concours d’Elegance – several class and special awards
    • Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance – Class and special awards
    • Silverstone Historic Festival, Silverstone Circuit, UK, Invited exhibit
    • St James Invitational, London England – Invited exhibit

    Marque Clubs and Internet Based Organizations

    Vehicles Restored by ARI craftsmen have taken class and special awards on many occasions at national and regional meetings to these and many other single make or interest groups for over 3 decades.

    • AMOC (Aston Martin Owners Club)
    • BDC (Bentley Drivers Club)
    • BMWCCA (BMW Car Club of America)
    • Early Ford V8 Club
    • FCA (Ferrari Owners of America)
    • FOC (Ferrari Owners Club)
    • JCNA (Jaguar Club of North America)
    • MG Club
    • PCA (Porsche Club of America)
    • RROC (Rolls Royce Owners Club)

    And a grand array of others we’ve had the privilege to show our work among!!