Glenmoor Reunion 2015

King MidgetsGone but far from forgotten, the annual Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, Ohio, was one of America’s great collector car events. This past weekend the organizers held a casual reunion and naturally, MCG was there. Here’s our report with a big photo gallery. 

 

 

For 18 years the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles, hosted by the Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, Ohio, was one of the finest and most enjoyable classic car concours in the country. Few if any shows could match its elegant yet comfortable atmosphere and expertly curated assortment of rare and desirable vehicles. Sadly, the Gathering was discontinued after 2012 when high costs and a proliferation of similar concours-type events across the country made it impossible to continue.

But too many people had too good a time at the old Gatherings to let the matter stand there. Glenmoor’s Myron Vernis, the driving force behind the original events, organized a one-day, drive-in car show billed as the Glenmoor Reunion, modestly calling it “a glorified cruise-in.” However, no cruise-in ever featured the fabulous collection of vehicles that appeared at last Sunday’s show. They included:

+   A star of previous Glenmoor Gatherings, the famed Valley Custom-built  ’50 Oldsmobile known as the Polynesian. The legendary custom is cared for in modern times by Gene Blackford.

+   A tiny but mighty 1957 Fiat Abarth 750 Zagato Corsa Competizione with Mille Miglia provenance.

+  A time-capsule original 1958 Pontiac Bonneville Safari wagon with rare period features including optional bucket seats and fabulous Trinidad metallic-threaded carpeting.

+   Three immaculately restored King Midget automobiles, the pride of Athens, Ohio, circa 1946 through 1970. The complete set (see photo above) included a Model 1, a Model 2, and a Model 3.

Check out all these wonderful and rarely seen vehicles and more in the gallery below. We don’t know if the future holds any more Glenmoor Reunions, but if there are, we’ll see you there.

 

1950 Oldsmobile Custom The Polynesian Gene Blackford
1958 Pontiac Bonneville Safari Station Wagon
King Midget Model 3
Jaguars
1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 Coupe
Crosley-based hot rod roadster Tim Freshley
King Midgets
1947 Fiat 500A Topolino Tom & Carol Schlitz
1958 Corvette Convertible
1962 Corvette Convertible
1948 Allard K1 Roadster
1961 Corvette Convertible
1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria
1907 Cadillac
Sunbeam Alpine Roadster
King Midget Model 1
1964 Jaguar XKE Roadster
1968 Corvair Monza Converible
1935 Ford Cabriolet
King Midget Model 2
1974 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster
1947 Cadillac Club Coupe
1972 Mazda Cosmo Sport Myron Vernis
2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe
1982 Talbot Matra Murena
1957 Fiat Abarth 750
1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
1959 Pontiac Bonneville Sport Coupe
Glenmoor Show field
1950 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan Larry Pitts
1968 Dodge D-100 Pickup
Ford Model A Phaeton highboy
1932 Ford V-8 Fordor Deluxe Sedan
1953 Chevrolet Two-Ten Two-Door Sedan

1950 Oldsmobile Custom The Polynesian Gene Blackford

1958 Pontiac Bonneville Safari Station Wagon

King Midget Model 3

Jaguars

1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 Coupe

Crosley-based hot rod roadster Tim Freshley

King Midgets

1947 Fiat 500A Topolino Tom & Carol Schlitz

1958 Corvette Convertible

1962 Corvette Convertible

1948 Allard K1 Roadster

1961 Corvette Convertible

1956 Ford Fairlane Victoria

1907 Cadillac

Sunbeam Alpine Roadster

King Midget Model 1

1964 Jaguar XKE Roadster

1968 Corvair Monza Converible

1935 Ford Cabriolet

King Midget Model 2

1974 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster

1947 Cadillac Club Coupe

1972 Mazda Cosmo Sport Myron Vernis

2006 Dodge Viper SRT10 Coupe

1982 Talbot Matra Murena

1957 Fiat Abarth 750

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe

1959 Pontiac Bonneville Sport Coupe

Glenmoor Show field

1950 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan Larry Pitts

1968 Dodge D-100 Pickup

Ford Model A Phaeton highboy

1932 Ford V-8 Fordor Deluxe Sedan

1953 Chevrolet Two-Ten Two-Door Sedan

6 thoughts on “Glenmoor Reunion 2015

  1. I’d like to add my personal thanks to Mac and all who attended. It was a fun and relaxing day with cool cars and great car people. The weather couldn’t have been nicer and we raised several thousand dollars for charity. Again, my most sincere appreciation to everyone who participated and made it happen.

  2. Would have liked to see both Fiat 500s instead of 1 and half. Same with the 58 Pontiac wagon & the one next to it.
    It was not apparent that this was a charity event, until I read the reply. How long had the Glenmoor been active? Having worked on the Meadowbrook Concours since 1979, we can appreciate the competitive nature of everyone wanting to do a car show. It seems there is not a good calendar of events that shows just how much is going on nationally. Locally, there is a car event of some kind every day of the week & multiples on the weekend. I have never viewed my hobby as a cash cow for every service group, charity, or club, It is actually a good thing to see some events drop off the calendar, no matter how lovely, as there are just too many things that dilute the hobby.

  3. Just delightful! Myron thank you so –we had a great great time, thanks to you and terrific people attending, old friends and some we just finally met at last like Gene. We miss it all, and enjoyed staying there too–so relaxing. Jer and Bobbie Ann Bensinger

  4. What a collection of King Midgets! I’ve never seen a Model 1 or a Model 2 in person, I would have loved to have seen those. Thanks for the photo!

  5. I just wanted to say how pleased I was to attend the Glenmoor Reunion car show Sept 26. This was a tribute to the truly magnificent Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles of the past that I considered to be the Pebble Beach Concours of Ohio. Hopefully, this reunion car show will continue in the future for the benefit of car enthusiasts and raising money for charity.

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