BMW 507 Claims Best of Show at 2018 Keeneland Concours
A 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster was named Best of Show at the 15th annual Keeneland Concours d’Elegance at the historic Keeneland Race Course.
The show field featured three classes of this year’s featured marque, BMW, as well as classes of horse-drawn carriages and modified examples of modern sports cars and hatchbacks. The cars on display ranged from a 1910 Oakland “30” Model 24 Runabout to a 2018 Porsche 911 GT3.
The organizers, staff and volunteers for the Keeneland Concours are nothing if not resilient. The evening before the concours, a vicious line of thunderstorms moved through the Lexington, Kentucky, area. Power was out, tree debris came down, and at Keeneland, a tree was uprooted. At 7:00 am, when the cars began being placed on the show field, there was little of the chaos caused by the storm. A nice breeze even worked to dry the grass. Despite a threatening forecast for show day, the show benefited from blue skies, puffy clouds, and lots of sunshine.
“With 2018 in the books, the Concours Team would like to thank the entrants and attendees for a wonderful event,” said Tom Jones, Concours Chairman. “We would like to offer a special thank you to Charlie and the Keeneland grounds crew who worked through the night to clean up the previous evening’s storm damage including fallen trees. While not a record attendance — we were blessed with not a single drop of rain, mild temperatures, and no humidity. Some say the best weather in our 15 year history!”
The Judge’s Choice Award went to a 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial Dual Cowl Phaeton. A 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB won the People’s Choice Award, and a 1959 Ford Fairlane Skyliner was named Children’s Choice winner.
The 1958 BMW 507 Series II Roadster was presented by The Patterson Collection of Louisville, which also took home top honors at last year’s concours with a 1933 Delage. The 507 Series II is one of only 251 ever built, and is the only example in North America to have been raced in period.