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And now for something completely different. Friday afternoon, July 19 was hot and humid. Our bags were packed and our gas tanks full for an overnight excursion to Lexington, Kentucky to attend the Keenland Councours.

We signed in, received instructions and safety reminders, and hit the road.

Power company worksites between Boonville and Lynnville were just a hint of the snail's pace early rush hour traffic we would encounter later when we passed through Louisville.

We did manage to reach Lexington by 5:30 to meet with Ken Hold on the Keenland grounds. He explained how the different classes of cars would be arranged for Saturday's judging and gave us a brief tour of the historic Keenland thoroughbred racing facility. Ken was our former PCA Zone Rep and had encouraged everyone attending our recent 20th Anniversary Banquet to sample this year's Keenland Concours.

We checked into a Residence Inn and ambled over to a nearby Bru Burger for dinner.

The food was generous and tasty, the staff was friendly, and we had a very good time.

Early Saturday morning we returned to Keenland and were among the first to park in a designated Porsche area. Parking areas had been assigned to various car makes, clubs, and countries of origin. Most of the cars entered in the Concours competition had already arrived and those were clustered around flags indicating Classes.

Anyone with a fondness for automobiles and automotive history had to feel the excitement as we watched an amazing variety of cars arrive either to compete or simply to park among peers.

If you had been fascinated with cars since childhood, like many of us, walking among the cars in attendance was something like being surrounded by old friends.

This 1954 Jaguar XK-120 owner was simply here to park among other British makes and enjoy the show.

As SIR members began to explore the clusters of individual Classes, they encountered all kinds of surprises. Isn't that a Tucker in the distance and maybe a '52 Olds and a second generation Ford Falcon?

Concours entrants were divided into 19 Classes. Class 1 featured Antiques through 1924 such as the 1903 Cadillac Model A Rear Entrance Tonneau (top) and the 1916 Chevrolet Royal Mail Roadster (right). The 1914 Ford Model T Fire Truck (left) was in Class 19, Display Cars and Antique Bicycles.

Everywhere, owners were happy to talk about their cars, like this gentleman with his 1911 Marmon Model 32, also competing in Class 1.

The owner of this 1962 Lotus Elite Super 95 shared its history with Sharon and Gary Maier. He has owned it since 1963. It competed in Class 6, Sports Classics.

Phil Green and Dave Hostetter studied the timeless 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS in Class 9, Contemporary Classics.

Class 10 was for the Featured Marque, Aston Martin. The brand was represented by many examples including this 1959 DB2 MK III (top), a sleek 2003 DB AR1 Zagato (left) and 1930 International First Series with a racing body (right).

The owner of this coral 1956 Thunderbird was happy to share with Phill and Dawn Green. Twelve Thunderbird owners had Class 14 all to themselves.

Concours judges discuss a late 18th century or early 19th century Eastern European carriage with its owner (top). Below: a 1903 Brewster Basket Morning Phaeton (left) and bicycles from the late 1800s. Carriages were in Class 14. Bicycles were in Class 19.

Wealthy buyers of the 1930s once purchase these elegant beauties: 1931 Gardner Model 158 (top center),  1927 Pierce Arrow Model 80 (top left), 1932 Packard Series 902 Coupe Roadster (left), and 1936 Packard Rollston Custom Stationary Victoria 1405 (right). The Gardner, Pierce Arrow, and '32 Packard were part of Class 3, Classic Car Club of America  1915-1948. The '36 Packard was in Class 4, Coach Built Classics.

If there's no room in your budget for the wildly expensive or extremely elegant, or maybe just not enough space in your garage for much of anything, perhaps a 1959 Fiat Abarth Record Monza Bialbero (top), 1957 BMW 300 Isetta (left), or 1965 Lotus Super 7 Series 2 Cosworth (right) could be squeezed in. The Fiat and Lotus were part of Class 6, Sports Classics. The Isetta was in Class 7, Foreign Collector.

This seemed to be a show about the different visions of automotive greatness dancing in designers', coach builders', and engineers' imaginations. There were dozens of examples of automotive artistry, from the 1948 Triumph 2000 Roadster (top, constructed of plywood, ash, and leftover aircraft aluminum after WWII) to the refined 1910 Oakland Model M Gentlemen's Roadster seen through a 1921 Premier Model 6D Touring Car (left) to the awesome 2009 Ford GT (right). The Triumph was in Class 7. The Oakland and Premier were in Class 1. The Ford GT was in Class 16, Future Classics.

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