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Elegance and Aggression: The 2012 Louisville Concours d'Elegance [Society]
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Yesterday was the fifth annual Louisville Concours d'Elegance, benefitting Kosair Children's Hospital after Brooklawn Child & Family Services handed over the reins late last year, a result of funding cuts by the commonwealth that had taken its toll on Brooklawn's managing efforts. The transfer to Kosair came about due to the strong relationship between the two charities, as many of Brooklawn's children enter their campus from the free-standing children's hospital.

Porsche Racing and Cadillac were the two featured marques in this year's running, with cars ranging from a 1967 Eldorado -- owned and driven by one of its designers, Wayne Cady -- and a 1903 Cadillac Model A, to a 1972 Porsche 911S twice-championed in the IMSA GTU Class by the late father of Concours Chairman Rob Davenport, Dick Davenport, and a 1966 Porsche 910 that took its class in Le Mans while Ferrari and Ford fought it out for the overall title.

Fourteen judged classes featuring various makes from Europe and the United States, ranging from the turn of the 20th Century to the early 1970s, competed for their respective titles, as well as for People’s Choice and Best in Show. The top finishers included vintage racers, barn finds, and American muscle, with the overall winner going to a Rolls-Royce commissioned by none other than the late German-American actress Marlene Dietrich.

Special displays this year included an assembly of WWII machinery from the U.S. and Nazi Germany, an assortment of vintage fire trucks, and a camping trailer from 1948. Outside of the main event, exhibitors displayed everything from Mustangs and Cobras to Corvettes and Alfas, while Brown Cadillac, Blue Grass Motorsports, and Korbel offered their wares to the attendees.

The 2013 edition of the Louisville Concours d’Elegance will be held from the 4th through the 6th of October.

Photos: Louisville.com/Cameron Miquelon

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This 1967 Cadillac Eldorado belongs to one of its designers.
The most unusual of Cadillac's offerings, the M5A1 Tank led the 2011 Louisville Veterans Parade.
Before it became an SUV by Chrysler, the Aspen was a car by Dodge.
A 2013 Porsche 911 greets attendees to the Concours.
Vintage fire trucks make a return to this year's Concours.
This year's class winners lining up before the award ceremony.
Trophies included a bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon, and a custom Louisville Slugger.
A Cord Model 810 reflects on the coming era of thunder.
If the Spyker C8 is out of your budget, this 2013 Audi R8 Spyder might do.
Who said Ford Mustang IIs couldn't be made better with some effort?
Indiana's trinity of Auburn - Cord - Duesenberg, all on one badge.
This Dodge Power Wagon U.S. Army ambulance brought many a wounded soldier safely from the front.
This Mercedes came with a mortar launcher in the backseat.
A replica of a WWII U.S. Army hospital near the front lines.
I "test drove" an ATS while in the Brown Cadillac tent. Love the subtle V in the front seats.
Not a 917, but this 1971 Porsche 908/3 flies the flag just as well.
The 1972 Porsche 911S campaigned by Dick Davenport in the '76 and '77 24 Hours of Daytona.
The 1966 Porsche 910/6 took on the Dino, but was outgunned by the Ford GT40 and the Ferrari prototypes.
Models from Heyman Talent Agency stood near the 14 classes, as there was no runway show this year.
Only $145k will get you into this Spyker C8, the only one available for over 1000 miles.
The aforementioned models wore pieces from Dillard's, White House Black Market et al.
Not quite Magnum's ride, but this Ferrari 308 GTSi is still awesome.
The Kaiser Darrin was the only sports car with sliding doors.
You, too, can be a demolition man in this Oldsmobile Cutlass 442.
Concours emcee Ed Lucas preparing for the call to the post.

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Former fashion writer for Louisville.com, now contributing author for automotive industry blog The Truth About Cars. Born in Louisville, returned 29 years later, left for Seattle in 2013.

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