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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens Announces New Concours D’elegance In 2014

AKRON, OHIO – Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens announced the Concours d’Elegance at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens to be held September 19-21, 2014 on the grounds of the 70-acre historic estate. Stan Hywet is located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron Ohio.

Hilton Head 2012Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, built by the F. A. Seiberling family, is prominently linked to automotive history. Seiberling was the co-founder of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, and was active in the establishment of the Lincoln Highway. “There are few settings to equal the elegance of Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens,” says David Schultz, the Concours executive director. Schultz previously served as executive director of the Glenmoor Gathering, the precursor to this new event.

According to Schultz, key members of the former Glenmoor Gathering team will be involved with the Stan Hywet Concours. Schultz notes that Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens has a strong and creative events team with a proven track record. “Simply stated, this is something they do very, very well. They are experts at events.”

“We are in the process of selecting our feature classes for 2014,” continued Schultz, “but one of our cornerstones will certainly be the great American and European motorcars of the 1920s and ‘30s.”

The motorcars will be the centerpiece of a weekend of time-honored events. Exhibitors, sponsors and guests will be treated to a variety of cultural experiences that truly represent the art of fine living, including uniquely designed insider’s tours of the garden, grounds and Manor House; the elegance of high tea, special wine tastings and fashion events; gourmet food selections; and a symphony of musical entertainment set against the historic backdrop. Also on the roster is a countryside automobile tour for exhibitors.

For more than 50 years Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens has co-hosted an annual Fathers’ Day Car Show with the Ohio Region Classic Car Club of America that attracts nearly 400 vintage and collector automobiles and thousands of car enthusiasts. “That show has been a tradition for three generations and will continue with the same format. By contrast, the Stan Hywet Concours will feature approximately 175 rare, invitation-only automobiles from throughout the United States, bringing a distinctive character and quality to the annual events line up.

Stan Hywet offers not only a spectacular venue, but a wonderful history and legacy dating back nearly 100 years. In 1957, the Seiberling heirs donated Stan Hywet to a non-profit foundation for its preservation. It is now a historic house museum and country estate, open seasonally to the public – in keeping with the stone inscription above the Manor House front door, "Non nobis solum ," meaning "Not for us alone."

Additional information on the 2014 Concours is available at http://concours.stanhywet.org. Watch for regular updates in the coming months.

Individuals interested in being part of the Concours committee should contact David W.Schultz at 330-315-3293.

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