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5th Annual Concours d’Elegance

A newly restored 1957 Binz bodied Mercedes will be shown for the first time at the 2011 event.  - Contributed photo
A newly restored 1957 Binz bodied Mercedes will be shown for the first time at the 2011 event.
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The Sports Car Club holds its 5th Annual Concours d’Elegance on Sunday Aug. 28, at San Juan Vineyards on Roche Harbor Road, starting at 9 a.m.

There will be cars, wine, music and prizes.

The event is open to classic and unique cars. The featured marque will be Mercedes Benz in honor of 125 years of history.

On Saturday, Aug. 27, cars will meet at the Whidbey Island Bank, parking lot at 11 a.m. and tour the island, winding up at the vineyards for lunch.

The car club will be grilling burgers and  hotdogs at a $5 donation. Wine will be sold in the pavilion

In the past, the concours has attracted 81 car entries and more than 800 spectators.

“People have a wide spectrum of interests in cars,” said Chris Curtin, chairman of the event. “It’s fun to see unique cars and talk with the owners.”

A newly restored 1957 Binz bodied Mercedes, shown right, will be shown for the first time at the 2011 event.

Other highlights for car fans include a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS, 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible and a 2008 Tesla Roadster.

Curtin said the roadster is unique because it is the first electric sports car.

He also added that most of the cars are in their original condition or with modest restoring.

The event, organized in conjunction with the Rotary Club of San Juan Island, benefits the Family Umbrella Group, Hospice of San Juan, and Rotary International’s Polio Eradication Project.

The entry fee is $30 for the first car and $10 for each additional car from the same owner.

There will be a drawing for a case of wine for all early entrants.

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