Notes from a Jersey Girl

by Lisa G Westheimer

The Edison Concours d’Elegance at Llewellyn Park, October 16-18, 2015


Glenmont was the perfect setting for this fabulous car show!

Glenmont was the perfect setting for this fabulous car show!


Last weekend was an unbelievable treat, as it was the kick off of the 1st annual Edison Concours d’Elegance at Llewellyn Park.  Neighbors and former neighbors converged along with car show enthusiasts, historians and local car buffs to view this gathering of some of the world’s most rare historic cars in existence.  Some cars came as far away as Florida and Colorado to be there.  Bill and I had the unexpected surprise of having a front row seat just after sunrise as these magnificent cars motored their way past our house on the way to the venue.  I stood in the field bundled against the chill of our first frost jumping and waving greetings in excitement.  We also had the great pleasure to have Susan and Alan Bennett, former neighbors, current much loved friends, stay with us for the weekend and attend the event.


It was hard to pick a favorite.  Luckily there were several categories so I got a chance to pick favorites from each class.  As you know my penchant for the unusual, some of these favorites included a hearse:



And an ice cream truck (that gave out ice cream sandwiches, for FREE!!!)


This car is a Paxton.  It was the only one ever made and in excellent condition.  It’s made out of fiber glass, even the bumpers.  It was supposed to be steam driven but that engine design was scrapped for the more conventional.  It won a special prize.  It was a sight to see, the fiberglass bumpers were an interesting shape.


I think my all time favorite of the event was this “boat tail” wooden car, check out the chrome details.  They remind me of waves.  It was gleaming and in pristine condition.


Then there was this canvas over wood sports car:


Then there were the caddies, lots and lots of caddies, but this one made me very nostalgic.


Lastly, this beauty came away with all sorts of awards.  The word “cream puff” comes to mind.  What a fabulous satiny silver finish, and what lines!

20151018_101528All in all a wonderful day and a fabulous event.  This event was the dream child of neighbor Judge Joseph Cassini, III.  He and his wife Margie and their daughter Caroline worked tirelessly for about two years straight to make this dream come true.  I am very thankful to them and all the staff at TENHP, the venue staff, volunteers and the car owners for bringing this event to my doorstep.  It was wonderful to see both current and past LP residents as well as some high school chums, it reminded me of an alumni weekend.


Author: Lisa G Westheimer

I am a ceramic and glass artist living and working in West Orange, NJ, USA. I have a masters degree in ceramics from Montclair State University and teach at the Montclair Art Museum, both in Montclair, NJ. Prior to this I was co-owner of "The Manhattan Expedition Inc" and was a NYC Building Code and Zoning Specialist in Manhattan, my main claim to fame as a Loft Conversion Specialist in Soho and Tribeca in the 1980's and 1990's, and a specialist in Landmarks Preservation and Special Places of Assembly, particularly the Fashion Shows in Bryant Park and any weird sort of thing happening in Manhattan worthy of getting thrown out of the Commissioner's office. But mostly I'm a Jersey Girl, born in Rutherford, schooled in a private school in Montclair, did a stint living in Greenwich Village then Soho before fleeing to Llewellyn Park in West Orange, NJ where I learned how to clean and restore stuffed bald eagles!!!! I can mostly be found in my studio or on the campus of The Montclair Art Museum (where I teach) or on the back of my horse Buddy, either in my backyard or at a farm in Sussex County.

2 thoughts on “The Edison Concours d’Elegance at Llewellyn Park, October 16-18, 2015

  1. Liked this post – your writing has a certain charm! Love the old cars. Now all cars look the same. 😣


  2. It was a fabulous day! I’m so grateful to all involved and to you and Bill. That event was so well done- all the hard work planning it resulted in an amazing day for everyone! I had participants tell me that it was the best venue they had been to anywhere! The Cassini’s gave us a great gift and Edison too!


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