The Concours d'Elegance is an automobile festival held in cities across the country where you can find the ultimate in ultra-rare and ultra-exotic cars and motorcycles. The Concours is not where you usually see new concept vehicles debut or the latest Porsche Boxster (go to the New York, Los Angeles, or Detroit auto shows to see those). This is where you get up close with vintage vehicles so rare and priceless, many of them never come out of their garages outside of being displayed at the show. Everything from vintage and modern Ferraris, to Aston Martins, to World War I- and World War II-era motorcycles can be seen in their glorious splendor.
There are independent Concours held all over the country, with the largest and most famous being held in Pebble Beach, California. But if you're on the East Coast, like I am, the Greenwich, Connecticut Concours is where it's at. And it just so happened that Leica lent me its new camera to test the very weekend the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance was happening. The Leica Q is a new full-frame, compact camera that costs $4,250. You can read all about it here.
I did what anyone else with my fortuitous timing and fortunate location would do: I took a camera I could never afford to a car show full of cars and motorcycles that I'll never be able to drive (and also can't afford). Unsurprisingly, the results are pretty great — I got a lot of pictures of really fancy cars with shallow depth of field and cool artsy angles when I remembered that I was taking pictures for the website and not just gawking at cars I rarely ever see. (Ok, FINE, I was there mostly to gawk.) The show had its share of sick Lambos, vintage Ferraris, adorable Fiats with wicker interiors, and even a mid-1980s Soviet limousine that Mikhail Gorbachev could have easily found himself in. Needless to say, attendees were taking lots of photos and I wasn't the only person there with a Leica.
Anyways, enjoy the photos below. I hope you like looking at them as much as I liked taking them.