Special Cars Displayed Saturday at Concours d’Elegance

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This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. The event, billed as a “Festival of Speed and Style,” will feature some very special cars from Carriage House Motor Cars, including a few of these beauties photographed on Friday.

Concurrent with the Concours d’Elegance (see bottom for more details) on Saturday, June 4, the folks at Carriage House are having their own small show from 10 to 5 p.m. in their parking lot at 25 Railroad Ave. in Greenwich.

The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more details.


— Text and all photographs by Leslie Yager. This article originally was published Friday in slightly different form by Greenwich Free Press.


Michael Schudroff, owner of Carriage House, said he started his business in Manhattan 46 years ago, and added the Greenwich location in 1986. “All of these cars are works of art,” Schudroff said as he gave a tour of the vintage gems on the lot.

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Vintage Mercedes with its “gold wing doors” at Carriage House Motor Cars, June 3, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager, Greenwich Free Press


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Vintage Mercedes with its “gold wing doors” at Carriage House Motor Cars, June 3, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager, Greenwich Free Press

“Michael brings out all his personal cars that have been in storage,” said Bebe Schudroff.

Astin Martin DB 2/4

First, red Astin Martin DB 2/4, is an English car with a body made in Italy for Charles Ward of Brown & Bigelow, a company that made millions of calendars.

Schudroff said the car was a Christmas gift presented to Mr. Ward by 50 of his sales managers in 1953.

Schudroff  said the red convertible is one of only two in the world and has many extra special features, including picnic boxes, in matching red, that fit neatly in a compartment in the back seat. Inside, Schudroff showed off a bread tin, thermos, plates and utensils.

This car will be at the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday:

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Chrysler SWB

Another car at Carriage House Motor cars is this 1952 Chrysler SWB (short wheel base) Ghia Prototype Coupe. Look closely, you’ll see there are no door handles.

“If you put it outside, someone would think it’s a new car,” Mr. Schudroff said of the pristine car. Bebe Schudroff said the car has won numerous awards at various Concours d’Elegance events including the one in Greenwich.

This car will be at the Concours d’Elegance in Greenwich on Saturday and Sunday.

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The turquoise 1963 Pininfarina “Rondine,” (below), will be at the Concours d’Elegance this weekend as well. This car won the People’s Choice award at Greenwich Concours d’Elegance event in 2009, and Best in Show at the Fairfield Concours d’Elegance in 2008, among other awards.

“This is one of the rarest Corvettes and the only steel Corvette in the world,” said Bebe, describing the car as a “one off.”

“It was in Pininfarina Museum in Italy for 45 years until we acquired in in 2008,” she said.


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The 1963 Rondine is an extremely rare Corvette, at Carriage House Motor Cars, June 3, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager

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The Rondine, which translates to a Swallow bird in Italian, at Carriage House Motor Cars, June 3, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager for Greenwich Free Press

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The 1965 Astin Martin DB 5 convertible is one of just 19 factory left-hand drive ever made. The DB stands for David Brown, who owned Astin Martin.

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Greenwich Concours d’Elegance

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5 in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

The event includes the Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars Auction. The beneficiary is AmeriCares. On Saturday the Concours Americana features American Classic & Collectible Cars 1900 to 1990s. Sunday features Concours International. Both days were will be vintage boats and motorcycles. The event is 10:00am until 5:00pm. There is an awards ceremony from 3:00-5:00pm. Ticckets $40 one day or $60 for both days. Children under 12 free with adult. Bonhams auction inquiries (212) 461-6515.

Go to website for tickets: Greenwich Concours d’Elegance

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A coyote in a backyard on lower Weed Street in New Canaan, September 2018. Photo courtesy of the New Canaan Police Department

Animal Control officials are urging residents on the west side of New Canaan to be alert after two coyote versus dog incidents this week, including one where a Chihuahua mix was taken.

On Monday, a resident of Knapp Lane reported that a Labrador retriever sustained puncture wounds to the inside of a back thigh after two coyotes were sighted in his yard, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section.

On Thursday, a man on Adams Lane put his two dogs out in the yard while he went briefly to his garage and then heard a commotion, Halm said. He watched two large coyotes snatch his 13-pound white Chihuahua mixed-breed dog and run off through the woods, Halm said. The man chased but was unable to keep up with the coyotes, and believes his dog was already dead in the animal’s mouth, she said.

“I really want to send an alert out to the west side because I believe these could be the same animals,” Halm said. 

“It doesn’t matter time of day, where you live, or the size of your dog. I believe these are all territorial issues and we obviously have a pair that is on the alert.”

Coyotes den in the spring when they have pups and then live as transients. Halm said that anyone who wants to contact her for advice on safeguarding their pets and property should do so and she will visit their home to help.

Police last year reported a sharp rise in coyote sightings in New Canaan. In March, a dog on Beacon Hill Lane was killed by a coyote, and in May coyotes near Waveny Pond bit a leash-walked dog in the popular park while “escorting” others around what presumably was a den, prompting officials to put up warning signs.

3 thoughts on “Police: Coyote Snatches Adams Lane Dog

  1. We as a Town spend a lot of money for are children, seniors
    public safety you name it we spend on it — but we can get red of a few
    coyotes — we know were they are but we continue to let our pets be
    killed by them — time to do this before another pet is taken
    I don’t want to keep reading this same story every so many months

  2. In July I was gardening and out of the corner of my eye I see what I think is my dog behind me but just beyond the electric fence. No, it is a coyote about 20 feet from me in the stream going towards the Noroton River. I immediately pick up my shovel and chase it while yelling as my dog is around and I don’t want a confrontation. The coyote does not look back, just trying to get away from me. My dog runs over and I grab her just as she sees the coyote and starts going crazy. I hold my dog by the collar as we watch the coyote go to the river and turn left. Now, our property drops off just behind our house into wetlands, a pretty decent drop. About 15 feet below from where I am standing, a large red fox pops out from behind a boulder, looks at me and my dog, looks down at the coyote, looks at me again as if to say, “all clear?” and then runs down to the river and turns right. Needless to say my dog almost ripped my arm out of its socket trying to chase after both animals and was a mess for a good half hour. It was a very surreal day of gardening in New Canaan.

  3. Wow, what a crazy time! I do my gardening expecting to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Glad we don’t have coyotes yet, but they will come to Long Island eventually. We just got skunks back after 40 years!

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