If the name Mike Tillson sounds familiar, you probably love classic and exotic automobiles and might even own one. Or maybe you have been lucky enough to attend an international racing event or locally, the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance or the premier 2017 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance presented by Cool Cars for Kids.
Tillson founded Tillson Motorcars over 35 years ago and has a long and storied history in the car collector world. He has merged his classic car passion with the mission of Cool Cars for Kids to increase awareness of the issues faced by children with developmental disorders and birth defects. He is responsible for bringing the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance into existence and is preparing to welcome guests to the second annual event on June 16th at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.
A one-time international racer and car builder, Tillson began his career crafting custom bodies with the Derman Body Co. in Rosemont, PA., and later with Algar Ferrari. Currently, Tillson and his team compete in major exhibition and motor racing events both here and abroad, including the Mille Miglia in Rome. He is also the founder and chairman of the very successful Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance.
Tillson’s company has restored and shown cars at every major Concours d'Elegance in the U.S., where he often serves as a judge. His personal car collection includes an eclectic assortment of sports, racing, European and American Classic automobiles, making him eminently qualified to seek out the rarest and most sought-after American and European classic and historic automobiles for the upcoming June 16th Philadelphia Concour.
“We are literally adding cars to the exhibition right up to the 11th hour,” said Tillson. “Getting just the right mix of historic, classic, sports and performance racing cars is extremely challenging. And many of these rare collections are committed years in advance for other invitational events around the country so logistically it can sometimes be more stressful than driving a race car!”
But, as always, Tillson has made it across the finish line, putting together a rare assembly of 35 American and European classic and historic automobiles for the 2018 Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance, including a 1910 Pierce-Arrow, a 1967 Bizzarrini V-12 P538, and a 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk Hardtop Coupe.
Tickets to the June 15th Preview Gala (including a complimentary to the June 16th Concours) as well as Concours d’Elegance tickets can be purchased online. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on June 16 for the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance. http://www.coolcarsforkids.org/tickets-gala--concours.html