Although it enjoyed record attendance in 2012, the 18th annual Glenmoor Gathering has turned out to be the last. The concours was held annually in September at Glenmoor Country Club near Canton, Ohio since 1995.
Lack of sponsorships was cited as a key reason for the show’s demise, according to David Schultz, who had served as the concours’ executive director for the past nine years. Under Schultz’s leadership, the event became recognized as one of top automobile concours in the United States.
“Yes, it’s disappointing to see it end,” said Schultz, “but there were economic issues beyond my control. The Gathering had become a real favorite for vintage automobile enthusiasts. Attendance increased every year, capped by this year’s turnout.”
Schultz credited his volunteer show committee as well as the staff of Glenmoor Country Club for a large part of the event’s success. “Our volunteer committee and the country club staff made the weekend a very special one for exhibitors, sponsors and attendees. They focused on the details,” he said.
The 2012 concours featured several special classes that included six Tucker automobiles, 25 Allards, early supercharged automobiles, Abarth-designed automobiles, micro-cars and 1928-48 American motorcycles—plus the 1935 Duesenberg SJ “Mormon Meteor.”
“We worked very hard to become a distinctive event,” said Schultz, who noted that when the concours highlighted streamlined vehicles several years ago the class included a rare1935 Minneapolis-Moline UDLX tractor that featured streamlining. “The UDLX was a real crowd-pleaser—and was unknown to many automobile enthusiasts.”
Schultz said that while they were a number of unique feature classes each year, the great American and European Classic automobiles were the perennial stars of the show. He also cited the event’s unique motorcycle class.
For the past three years a collector car auction sponsored by Motorcar Portfolio of Canton, Ohio was held in conjunction with the concours.
When asked what he would do now, Schultz replied that, in addition to continuing to perform appraisals and pre-purchase inspections, he would take time to enjoy his three vintage Lincolns (1922, 1930 and 1931) plus a recently acquired 1936 Pierce-Arrow.
“I have another year to serve as president of the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) and I am a trustee of the CCCA Museum and a trustee of the soon-to-be-built Lincoln Motor Car Museum,” he said. “I will stay busy.”