This past weekend they visited The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. In true Sports Car Hunter fashion, they skewed away from typical Concours journalism and wrote about the cars driving to the event. We approve!
Check out their entire post below, or see it for yourself on LSB!
The Greenwich Concours d’Elegance has a little something for everyone. Shopping on scenic Greenwich Avenue, lunch at l’Escale restaurant on the harbor, a Bonhams classic car auction, and of course the show itself.
The event lasts the entire weekend, spanning American classics and international imports. It really is a sight to behold for enthusiasts of all ages. It goes without saying that such a display of wealth and automotive enthusiasm draws exotic cars out of the woodwork.
As enthusiasts, we have a good day if we spot a single exotic. In Greenwich, however, we literally had a field day. Here’s a sampling of what we caught up with.
We arrived in the BMW M3, and we parked next to this for an excellent photo.
After this turn you head down into a tunnel, great sounds were made from this gentleman.
Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster
Seriously an SLS AMG roadster in white? Classy color combination, and fantastic wheels.
Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera & Ferrari 458 Italia
The ultimate decision in which one would you choose, for the enthusiasts keep in mind the Superleggera was a manual.
Those carbon ceramics on the 458 Italia look damn good.
Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black Edition
As I hide behind the tree and update our Twitter feed, this amazing DBS takes all eyes off me.
Have you ever heard one of these? If you haven’t you have not lived your car enthusiast life to the fullest, yet.
It’s a Ford GT, its the right color/stripe combination, enough said.
Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster & Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Seeing an SLR McLaren roadster is rare enough, let alone seeing it alongside a GT3RS with blue wheels and stripe.
The FF’s smiley face still doesn’t detract from its amazing exhaust note, interesting 4-wheel-drive configuration, and rather hefty price tag.
Nissan Skyline GT-R
Have you seen an R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R in the wild before? This was a first for us.
Bonus - Mercedes SLS - matte finish
This was the only matte paint on a car at the entire show. That’s not a bad thing.
Sports Car Hunter’s Top 50 Instagrams of the 2012 Gumball 3000
The Gumball 3000 just ran from New York City to Hollywood. Here are the top photos 3000 miles later. Enjoy the rally recap before we move on to the goldRush Rally starting next week!
Photo Rank #50
Why it’s good: And they’re off! The 2012 Gumball 3000 literally shut down Times Square. Maybe this is why the entrance fee cost $40,000…they rented half the damn block for a day?!
sebastiaandegoeijen’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LNzJVRSo1y/
Photo Rank #49
Why it’s good: The McLaren has been a staple at the Gumball 3000 for years. I don’t see that changing in 2013. These cars are known to scare sharks, mountain lions, and bears. Quite scary.
halliday57’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LNw8DzKIQZ/
Photo Rank #48
Why it’s good: What would you do to have five minutes behind that wheel, with the traction control off, along a sick road like that?
jerome_ds’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LTSIUdOsRX/
Photo Rank #47
Why it’s good: Autogespot’s Ferrari was a proper homage to car spotters everywhere.
fribalations’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LLMaupsQoU/
Photo Rank #46
Why it’s good: 72 oz steaks for EVERYONE!
blu3rsx’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LQU-cosRht/
Photo Rank #45
Why it’s good: Two words: Blue. Fire.
kevin_loh’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LNA7TgJuyT/
Photo Rank #44
Why it’s good: Maximillion Cooper drove a Shelby Cobra in homage to the recently departed Carroll Shelby. We approve.
claeye’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LNtWbGRVNN/
Photo Rank #43
Why it’s good: You have to give credit to the Merc in this one, no way in hell that police cruiser could have kept up had the car made a run for it. Karma +1.
thatcherd’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LLSV20pNo-/
Photo Rank #42
Why it’s good: The Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood was the final resting place for the 2012 Gumball 3000. The rides were lined up in a final showcase. A proper send off for the first rally in the 2012 season!
facel187’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LUkH7JBGwk/
Photo Rank #41
Why it’s good: The California pictured here works so, so well in the afternoon light. It’s like you’re there in person, head turned sideways. trying to take in all the angles.
18tjetta’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LHt9nHonH5/
Photo Rank #40
Why it’s good: The Gumball 3000 logo has been stickered on many objects. An Indy 500 race car is one of the best placements ever. Well done Bryan Herta Autosport!
jerome_ds’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LJGxaHusb-/
Photo Rank #39
Why it’s good: It’s not easy fitting the St. Louis Arch in one frame. This photo pulls it off AND throws in some German power for good measure.
carsandfashion’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LMDWh_i-il/
Photo Rank #38
Why it’s good: The Gumball 3000 convoy - a springtime tradition. These teams joined up and closed out the final Las Vegas - Los Angeles stage together. What would you have given to been a part of that? Just look at those rides…
claeye’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LTkg8GRVD7/
Photo Rank #37
Why it’s good: Well, yeah, you’re supposed to nod your head to this one. It’s niceeeee.
darzo_x’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LRUSaXG8n8/
Photo Rank #36
Why it’s good: Team Stormtroopers hauled ass. Seriously, they completed stages at light speed. Really freaking quick. Shit.
obeykoby’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LQQ5LWp43R/
Photo Rank #35
Why it’s good: What speeds warrant the Veryon spoiler coming out to play? (Hey YOU! Wipe that sly smile off your face!)
claeye’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LLkaGTRVAJ/
Photo Rank #34
Why it’s good: The Cadillac does a burnout leaving Toronto, Canada. Note the American flag. Gumball.
jerhardparis’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LHZ6HHve8k/
Photo Rank #33
Why it’s good: The Mercedes-Benz SLR’s the rims are instantly recognizable. Putting them in a carbon fiber wrap for the Gumball 3000? Genius.
kush_tv’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LCbJ6evde6/
Photo Rank #32
Why it’s good: You just KNOW he turned to his passenger and said, “Without us in World War II those Brits…”
sam_moores’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LRxSS9KqB8/
Photo Rank #31
Why it’s good: The best part about rallying is parking a bloodied ride at the end of a stage. If your car isn’t messy, you weren’t driving it hard enough.
richardpwalton’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LNfcF2K7_G/
Photo Rank #30
Why it’s good: The fans are lined up at the NYC start, reaching out to the drivers. The drivers know the absurdity of what lies ahead. They reach back.
richardpwalton’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LE0B0iK7xx/
Photo Rank #29
Why it’s good: Fog rolling into Times Square at the NYC start. The drivers anticipate an adventure.
estevan_oriol’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LDLmeMwM3j/
Photo Rank #28
Why it’s good: Team Wolfpack’s Audi R8 buzzes by, embodying the fighter wrap it wears.
chewbacca512’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LBBFN5urG_/
Photo Rank #27
Why it’s good: Team Toronto’s SLS’s drivers custom designed their wrap. It deserves to be made into a Gumball Apparel shirt. You’d buy that, and so would I.
chewbacca512’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LBBFN5urG_/
Photo Rank #26
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Why it’s good:
The Top 25 Instagrams of the 2012 Gumball 3000
Half way there!
Photo Rank #25
Why it’s good: So many cameras focused on one Corvette. Although, I think this angle trumps all of them.
superiorautodesign’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LIir6IxCQr/
Photo Rank #24
Why it’s good: One has to wonder about the laughing and hollering within each car as the teams reach the finish line. It has to be good.
walleeen’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LUMkTsL3JN/
Photo Rank #23
Why it’s good: The 458 and SLR in the verdant hills with road to spare. Glorious.
mattsebby’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LD34EwMkMv/
Photo Rank #22
Why it’s good: It’s like you’re standing there, about to be run over by a purple Lamborghini. There are worse ways to die.
derzeck’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LJySsgwKG4/
Photo Rank #21
Why it’s good: The route to Kansas City took the Gumballers across the entire state of Missouri. A photo like this is highway equivalent to apple pie. Ain’t that America?
rohanymehta’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LLreSbSwdz/
Photo Rank #20
Why it’s good: A pre-rally close-up of the CST-V wagon, plus the rain, equals a great photo.
ridesmag’s photo http://instagr.am/p/K-zuo4rZ84/
Photo Rank #19
Why it’s good:Team Oranje’s SV, pre-Gumball 3000 livery, soaked head to toe. Collecting its thoughts before facing the competition.
chewbacca512’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LA5qpxurD4/
Photo Rank #18
Why it’s good: The Caddy takes center stage in the Motor City. Stunning.
crenshaw84’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LIb3mGDTnf/
Photo Rank #17
Why it’s good: The faces on the Maserati GranTurismo and Ferrari FF are elegantly captured here. True Italian art. In front of a McDonald’s. Gumball.
joycejhickey’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LHZ0kyu_24/
Photo Rank #16
Why it’s good: The ‘57 Bel Air had its share of issues on the rally. Maybe the hood being up half the trip was meant on purpose to fully embody the #doitnaked theme?
estevan_oriol’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LLJpsPwMyJ/
Photo Rank #15
Why it’s good: A Ferrari 458 Italia is stunning from any angle. Throw in a dreary New York City spring day and you’ve got a photo dripping with appeal.
13thwitness’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LBLOQwOcSM/
Photo Rank #14
Why it’s good: Imagine taking a quick drive to the store only to be overtaken by a Lamborghini Murciélago LP670-4 SV. Now that’s a moment worth sharing.
kantiii’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LEVJLHMjEW/
Photo Rank #13
Why it’s good:
Two Rolls, a Bentley, and an Aston. It’s a beautiful UK invasion.
davefromdetroit’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LGaKBxtlW3/
Photo Rank #12
Why it’s good: The Morgan Three Wheeler was an absolute hit on the rally, but seeing it out in the elements, with the leather tarp soaking up the raindrops… This photo takes you right to NYC and makes you ponder how a 3,000 mile journey would feel like behind the wheel of this rally car.
nycita’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LCroASEWml/
Photo Rank #11
Why it’s good: The taillights of the Nissan GT-R hint at the ninja fueled fury under the hood. You don’t want to mess with this. Back away from the vehicle. Slowly.
fribalations’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LL7b1RsQj_/
The Top 10 Instagrams of the 2012 Gumball 3000
The first 40 were amazing, how can these be better?
Photo Rank #10
Why it’s good: Seriously, why didn’t you walk away when we told you to? Dumb, dumb, dumb. Now you will die at the hands of fire and Godzilla venom. Goodbye.
supercarfocusdotcom’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LUNLc0urnO/
Photo Rank #9
Why it’s good: Here we have a pinnacle of Italian performance, the 458 Italia, escaping the final rays of sunlight, lost in the US southwest desert. It’s magnificent.
crenshaw84’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LTZAq8DTnJ/
Photo Rank #8
Why it’s good: I could go on and discuss the creativity behind the Lambo’s wrap, but I won’t. Instead…I’ll just…stutter…and…..DAMNNNNNNNNNN.
harrisonboyce’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LMhhb2GXas/
Photo Rank #7
Why it’s good: Fans camping overpasses is a common Gumball sight. Being so excited that you flash the Lambo speeding by? That’s Gumball fever baby.
vgneric’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LEopdIA67v/
Photo Rank #6
Why it’s good: There are PLENTY of good Bugatti Veyron photos out there. This one is different - literally sucks you in and assaults your senses 1001 times over.
18tjetta’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LHto-2InHw/
Photo Rank #5
Why it’s good: If you haven’t seen the Top Gear episode where Richard Hammond drives the Morgan Three Wheeler on the Simply Sausages track, I’m about to ruin it for you, he’s giggling just like Morgan himself. There’s a reason why this team won the 2012 Spirit of the Gumball Trophy.
mrgumball3000’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LLrHJqogwG/
Photo Rank #4
Why it’s good: The Shelby Cobra is undeniably a sexy car. Many great photo’s of Maximillion’s ride were taken. This one in particular succeeds by doing justice to the car, the maker, the driver, and the rally. Very, very well done.
thelozano’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LRzdsmoXbQ/
Photo Rank #3
Why it’s good: The 2012 Gumball started off as a sloppy affair. It was wet. Very wet. Taking pictures at speed in these conditions are absurdly difficult. While this Ferrari may not win every style award, this specific photo screams, “I AM AN FF AND I LAUGH IN THE FACE OF THUNDER! HA HA HA!”
claeye’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LLx_L1xVJ9/
Photo Rank #2
Why it’s good: Team Salamone’s Lamborghini Aventador captured plenty of camera flashes throughout the rally. This moment, the night before the start, is the best of them all.
itsneilb’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LCa-alr4b3/
Photo Rank #1
Why it’s good: A New York City cop shepherds the Gumballers to the starting grid. A 3000 mile cat and mouse chase is about to begin.
itsneilb’s photo http://instagr.am/p/LCcgvvr4cP/
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