The ninth annual Elegance of Hershey was held on the weekend of June 7-9. This prestigious invitational show brings together 75 of the country’s finest cars displayed around the formal gardens of the Hotel Hershey. The hand-picked cars represent what many consider the formative years of the automobile through the immediate post World War II golden age.
At the gala dinner Saturday evening Patricia Bittner Swigart of Huntingdon was the recipient of the Olympus Award for Lifetime Achievement. This beautiful award is given by the Elegance Committee to a collector who has shown a lifetime dedication to the spirit of sharing magnificent automobiles with automotive enthusiasts around the world. This award is given in honor of John W. Rich Sr., the founder of The Elegance of Hershey.
Swigart, president of the William E. Swigart Jr. Antique Automobile Museum and widow of William Swigart, has been a collector in her own right. Being originally from Hummelstown, she has owned and shown her own cars at many car events over the years. In 2012, at the Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, Ohio, she received the Lee Iacocca Award for Dedication to Excellence in Perpetuating an American Automotive Tradition.
The Hershey celebration kicked-off Friday and continued on Saturday with the Grand Ascent which pays homage to the history of racing in Hershey. The highlight of the weekend’s events happens Sunday with the actual car show.
The William E. Swigart Jr. Antique Automobile Museum, the oldest car museum in America, has been honored to be invited to every year’s Elegance and has received awards several years. This year The Elegance committee requested the 1947 Tucker “Tin Goose” Prototype. The Swigart Museum has shown this car at several Concours events always with great interest from the crowds. This year the car received the trophy for the Best American Post War Car.
Since 2012, the Swigart Museum has partnered with the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. These students have brought to life many of the museum cars and gotten them running in order to take them to some of the most significant shows. They prepared this Tucker and accompanied it to several other events. The car has been recognized by the Historic Vehicle Association and the United States Department of the Interior and has been placed on the National Historic Vehicle Register.
The Swigart Museum will be celebrating its 50th car show Aug. 9-10. This event is open to the public and will feature collector cars and vehicles. Plan on visiting the museum for this fun event.