Art Deco Theme to be Featured at The Elegance at Hershey
Hershey, PA (April 16, 2014): The Elegance at Hershey has announced the theme for this year’s event: the Era of Art Deco, and the visual arts movement of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. “The cars of that era have always been some of the most beautiful creations ever built,” noted Car Selection Chairman and Elegance Board member Mark Lizewskie. “The attention to detail and unique styling cues have made these automobiles some of the most sought after models among collectors”.
A prime example is the stunning 1931 Minerva AL convertible sedan with a custom coachwork body by Rollston, owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini. With its swept-back windshield and doors, this one-of-a-kind body created by Rollston of New York sitting on top of Belgium’s finest luxury car chassis will make a striking pose June 15 when it appears on the majestic lawns of the Hotel Hershey. Ordered new by Henry Walker Bagley and his wife tobacco heiress Nancy Reynolds, this Minerva utilized a silky-smooth and extremely quiet sleeve-valve engine to propel itself effortlessly to any elite function.
Another Art Deco masterpiece to be displayed during The Elegance is the equally impressive 1930 Cadillac convertible sedan bodied by Kellner in Paris from the Richard H. Driehaus Collection in Chicago. Cadillac had a long history in Europe and Parisian coachbuilder Georges Kellner et Fils prepared this aluminum-bodied, long-wheelbase, three-position double cabriolet for the famous banker Baron Edmond James de Rothschild. After Third Baron Edmond Rothschild’s death in 1934, this opulent car was stored and occasionally used at one of the two Châteaus Rothschild for special occasions and weddings.
In addition to the many Art Deco styled automobiles, The Elegance at Hershey will feature more than 65 rare vehicles from the early days of motoring through the 1960s on the lawn of the Hotel Hershey.
In conjunction, there will also be a themed Saturday evening cocktail dinner party and silent auction which will be held at the Hotel Hershey. This evening celebration will include entertainment to match the Art Deco period. Vintners Jack and Amy Thorn will be attending the dinner and served throughout the night will be wine from their very own Thorn Hill Vineyard. In addition special guest speaker Mr. Bob Lutz, Honorary Chairman for 2014 will speak at the dinner on the topic of automotive preservation. Also attending and speaking for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will be some youthful faces that manage Type 1 diabetes. Dinner reservations must be made in advance by calling 717-534-1910.
While the weekend lends itself to an unforgettable opportunity to view rare and priceless cars, the most important focus on the dinner and weekend activities is about raising funds for the charities that The Elegance supports: JDRF, AACA Museum, and AACA Library. Funds raised are made possible through continued support of sponsors such as Philadelphia Trust, M & T Bank, Cleveland Brothers and Midlantic to name a few. Come show your support and experience a rare opportunity to see a display of historical automotive beauty displayed on the magnificent lawn of the Hotel Hershey June 13-14 in Hershey, Pa.
The Elegance at Hershey is a 501( c)(3) charity event showcasing the finest antique and vintage cars to raise awareness and funds in support of JDRF (The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the AACA Museum and the AACA Library & Research Center