The event represents a new automotive event concept combining the elements of a Concours d’Elegance and a Sunday Cars and Coffee gathering. The focus of the event in Saugatuck is to provide an enjoyable Sunday morning event for vehicle owners and guests highlighting the historic Saugatuck section of Westport. Principals of the Concours d’Caffeine include founders Bill Scheffler, Tim Walsh and Frank Taylor and co-sponsor Westport-Weston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Matthew Mandell.
The team consists of the organizers of the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance who conducted the event in Westport for nine years. When the event closed after its 2011 event, they conducted a vintage car rally and fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services finishing on the Veterans’ Memorial Green with the tour cars on display. They are: Bill Scheffler, Co-founder and Chairman and Frank Taylor, Co-founder and Executive Director and Tim Walsh.
Since their first rally event in 1993, Vintage Rallies has grown into an extended family group of thousands of car-enthusiasts who come back year after year to see their friends, enjoy their cars and share another 1,000-mile adventure. In 2014, they celebrated their 85th national event. They have held events in the Northeast US, Canadian Rockies, Southeast US, and Southwest US. Their 2015 schedule includes the New England 1000 in CT, NY, MA and VT, the Southwest Passage in NM, CO and UT and the Mountain Mille in VA and WV. Principals in Vintage Rallies are Rich and Jean Taylor. For more information avout Vintage Rallies, click here.
Our event is a fundraiser for the Westport PBA Scholarship Foundation. The PBA Scholarship fund honors the academic achievements of those students who put their studies first and excelled tremendously, while also being role models within their respective communities. The students who receive these awards not only excel academically but they volunteer their time to the community and help to better themselves and those around them. The scholarships are awarded to children of PBA members as well as Staples High School students pursuing careers in Criminal Justice. Thanks to Officer Brendan Fearon, PBA President, for his assistance.