Car as Carriage, Conveyance, Sculpture, Work of Art, Batmobile and Heart’s Desire

Antique cars line the driveway of Ochre Court


A 1998 Porsche 962K8 Spyder??  They have that!  Roll Royces?  They have those. A 1963 Chevrolet Corvette “Asteroid”? They have that! A 1930 Duesenberg Model J Town Cabriolet?  They have that, too— and hundreds of others -- at Newport’s Audrain Automobile Museum. dedicated to "Preserving Newport's History One Car at a Time."

Larry Fey & Ronald Lee Fleming

And when they throw a party, what is the exterior decor, the lawn ornament?  Cars, of course.  And who is the guest of honor?  One of the best known figures of American TV, a dedicated car collector.

Yes, we are talking about the iconic Jay Leno,who delighted guests with his warmth, charm and humor at a recent event, Happy Days Are Here Again”,  held at Ochre Court in Newport. The guest traffic was bumper to bumper celebrating the end of Prohibition.

 

Hugh Mellor & Jean MacKinnon


It was a fabulous party (of course) from the moment of arrival ,when guests  were  greeted by actors from the Marley Bridges Company talking as if it were indeed 1933.  One claimed to be the Mayor of Newport (c. 1933), a Bill Sullivan.  Another spoke in a posh accent about his recent car experiences as his companion vamped in a period costume.

Where were we? It could’ve been film set, or an alternate reality.  Or both. We were transported.

Guests sought pictures with Mr. Leno, strolled the lawn, ladies remarking on each other’s garb. The men were decked out as gangsters or rakes or dandies. The dinner tent was vast, entertainment was by dancers in flapper dress, and a “Tonight Show” style interview was set up with author Ken Gross and Jay Leno, who told hilarious stories about the eccentricities of old cars and their owners. Best quote? “Cars are kinetic artworks.”

 

Bob Smith with a vintage American 1948 auto


Welcomed by Nicholas Schorsch, the founder and force behind the Audrain Automobile Museum, and David de Muzio, Museum Executive Director, guests dined, listened, and were giddy and delighted.

"Mayor" Bill Sullivan, Hannah Hale, Nicole Chandler & Ben Toradash (actors)

The party then moved back to the mansion, where the Marianne Bennett Orchestra got everyone up and dancing — (except those at the gambling tables in the next room, or in the sumptuous dessert room.)


                                                          — Linda Phillips

For information about the collection, events and Museum, go to

www.Audrainautomuseum.org

 

David Greelish & Judy Catuogno

 

Display at the entrance

 

Lauren Amicelli & Neal Leaheey, of the Marley Bridges Company

 

1930 Packard Custom Eight Sport Phaeton

 

Elizabeth, Harry & Bill Kahane arrive in vintage vehicle

 

Julie Warburg & Ronald Lee Fleming

 

Mikki Micarelli, Guest of Honor Jay Leno & Janine Atamian

 

Jay Leno with Newport  Seen's Linda Phillips

 

John Greenberg & David Ford

 

Robert & Lillian Chapman, Bob Smith

 

Brian Cunha & Bekki Schenker

 

 

Adams & Ruth Taylor

 

John Harris, Sherry & Mark Brice

 

Bill & Allison Vareika, Congressman David Cicilline & Meg Curran

 

Mayor Harry Winthrop & David Huberman

 

Becca Musyl, Jim Leach & Sydney Turk

 

The crowd on the back lawn

 

Erin & Thomas Ribeiro

 

 

Friend with Molly & Guillame de Ramel

 

Entering the "Speakeasy" tent

 

Mr. Fleming & Brenda Nienhouse

 

Conrad Tea & Laura Flynn

 

Daughter Zoey Schorsch with Nicholas Schorsch & Jay Leno and wife

 

Speaking to the crowd

 

 

An indoor display

 

The "Flappers" & Mr. Leaheey  waiting to go on

 

 

 

 

Taking the donation bids

 

Happy guests

 

Doing the end of Prohibition Charleston

 

John & Suzanne Laramee with Marlene Leatherbee

 

John Boxer and  Vince Panvini with George Moore

 

Mr & Mrs. Mark Horan

 

 

Mr. Schorsch speaks about the collection and its purpose

 

An engrossed listener

 

Mr. Leno answers Mr. Gross'  question

 

Speaking about cars!

 

 

 

Michael Hayes is surprised!

 

The Marianne Bennett Orchestra after dinner

 

Cranking the dance tunes

 

Taryn & Karl Weintz

 

Ms. Atamian places her bet

 

Bill Leatherman & Michael Semenza

 

A game of chance

 

Elizabeth Kahane in her car skirt & Kristin McMannis

 

Photo ops in the dessert room

 

 

 

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