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My 1976 Cosworth Vega was a "Preservation" class entry at the 2012 New England Concours D' Elegance presented by Hemmings Motor News October 30th at the Saratoga Auto Museum, Saratoga Springs N.Y. After being only trailered to club events by previous owners this was the car's first long-distance driven run - 470 miles round-trip. The '76 Cosworth, all-original with 2k miles, was positioned in the 8-vehicle PRE class and was the "newest" car in the field.

Preservation (PRE)
1962 Chrysler 300 convertible
1965 Rambler Classic 770
1965 Pontiac Star Chief sedan
1966 Chevrolet Chevy II L79
1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
1971 Chevrolet Corvette 350/270hp
1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega

There were fewer classes (5 as opposed to 20 in 2010) - "Chrysler Imperial," New York State-Made," Preservation," "Porsche 356" and "Shelby" grouped the 31 class entries.
93 additional entries vowed for the 19 subjective awards including - "Biggest Wow Factor," "Most Striking Color Combination" and "The Car You Wished You Had in High School."
After arriving at 8:30 AM, I did some final detailing. The event ended hours early at 2 PM due to inclement weather, although it was fun hanging out a while with two previous Cosworth Vega owners. Spectators and invitees alike complimented the car.
Since it wasn't a judged event this year, the Hemmings staff had subjective criteria in choosing the winners of my "Preservation" class as it was announced both were original-owner cars. A '68 Chevelle SS 396 4-speed took the class win. A pristine '65 Pontiac sedan took runner-up. With the announcement of the winners, it was over and I began my 240-mile trip home to Long Island.

I enjoyed participating in the prestigious event but it was a far cry from my victorious weekend at the 2010 New England Concours D' Elegance presented by Hemmings Motor News with my '73 Vega GT. The 15-car "Preservation" class had a diverse assembly of vehicles, ranging from a 1935 Packard to a 1975 Porsche. My 6k miles Vega GT was judged "Best Preservation."

See also
Hemmings Daily - La Salle braves the rain to win Best of Show at New England Concours d’Elegance

My 1976 Chevy Cosworth Vega at the 2012 New England Concours D' Elegance, Saratoga Springs, New York, September 30, 2012