One of the premier automotive events of the year is returning to historic Newport, Rhode Island. Audrain’s Motor Week kicks runs September 29th to October 2nd. This is not just a car show, this is an automotive and a lifestyle event not to be missed. Newport is the birthplace of auto racing with William K. Vanderbilt and his friends racing at a Newport horse track back in 1900. This event would later evolve into the Vanderbilt Cup Races. Newport is rich with history from sailing, tennis, to racing, and to being the summer playground of the wealthy during the Gilded Age. This historic town is the perfect venue for Audrain’s Motor Week which concludes with Audrain’s Concours on the lawn at The Breakers, overlooking the ocean.
The organizers have organized so many events for Motor Week you need to plan ahead. The Concours Village is The Headquarters for this World-class Automotive Event! The International Tennis Hall of Fame acts the Concours Village for the Motor Week. The Village is open through the Motor Week and will feature concessions from local restaurants, vendors with unique booths and experiences as well as an exciting and adventure-filled Family Zone. Patrons will be able to enjoy great food from LaForge Restaurant and other exceptional Rhode Island restaurants, purchase official motor week merch, view some very special autos and motorcycles. It is also where some fantastic seminars are held.
Any time during motor week visit the Audrain Automobile Museum to check out the latest exhibition. Each temporary exhibition features 15-20 cars allowing for an in-depth look at a collection of remarkable vehicles. This museum always displays some of the most unique and interesting cars.
On Friday August 30th, Rough Point the beautiful former home of Doris Duke will host “The Gathering”. We attending this event during the first Audrain’s Motor Week and it is outstanding. The lawns overlooking the ocean are breathtaking. As you wander the grounds, sip champagne, wine, and Newport Craft specialty cocktails and beer. You’ll be in good company with comedian, Jay Leno and other car enthusiasts alike. Full-day ticket holders have access to the grounds from 11:00 am onward. Half-day ticket holders have access from 2:00 pm onward. Rough Point is a mansion and a museum with an extensive collection of fine arts and a sprawling historic landscape with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. This is not an event to be missed. The Gathering runs 11 am to 5pm.
Friday will also feature a preview of the Bonhams Auto Auction as well as seminars both at the Concours Village. Saturday will feature the Tour D’Elegance. The Tour d’Elegance is the scenic drive for all cars that are participating in the Audrain Newport Concours d’Elegance and is a spectacle not worth missing. In 2021, the tour began Saturday morning at Scarborough Beach in Narragansett. The tour then drove through downtown Jamestown and over the Newport Bridge. The tour followed through Aquidneck Island where it stopped at cars & coffee at Ft. Adams State Park overlooking the harbor, continuing with a Scenic drive along historic Ocean Drive and the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean. The tour ended on Bellevue Avenue with all cars parking together on the closed street for the public to view and interact with drivers and owners. In 2019 we enjoyed this amazing spectacle as exquisite cars arrived in the street in front of Audrain’s Museum where drivers and owners could meet the public. Historic Bellevue Avenue was closed as cars assembled in the street. It was quite the experience.
Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance is the pinnacle of Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week. The Concours team has gathered an outstanding selection of judges from around the globe. The Concours classes covers the decades from early 1900 to 1980 with a focus on cars that exemplify the History, Luxury, and Sport of the automotive world. Donald Osborne, Nic Waller and the rest of the selection committee search diligently for special cars to engage guests from around the world.
First, second, and third-class trophies and ribbons will be awarded with the first in class winners competing for the Willie K. Vanderbilt Trophy. There will also be one of a kind awards given by some very special guests and judges.
The 2022 Audrain Concours d’Elegance will take place on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at the Breakers Mansion in Newport. The Concours runs from 8:30 am to 3:30pm.
The Audrain’s website provides more detailed information and ticket information for all these events, and we encourage you to visit the page to plan your visit.
Audrain’s Motor week is an event not to be missed. The history of Newport, the elegance of the Gilded Age and the artful design of the automobile all merge for an unforgettable experience.
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Audrains Motor Week
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