100 Rare, Cool and Classic Cars on the Common for the 2015 Boston Cup

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The Boston Cup, an annual public car show, drew about 100 rare, cool, classic, and unconventional vehicles from around the world to the Boston Common on Sunday.

This was the fourth year of the Boston Cup, which started at 9 a.m. and ran until 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 20. Plenty of classic cars (and even motorcycles) were on display around the Parkman Bandstand. The collective value of the fleet is about $100 million, organizers say.

This year’s Cup theme was “you don’t see that every day” and offered visitors a glimpse of some very unusual vehicles. Tom Larsen, who has been the show curator for the past four years, was very excited to for the Cup to return. 

“I love classic cars,” said Larsen in a phone interview. “I’ve been retired 15 years, so this is what I do.” 

Rosemarie Sansone, president of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID), which helped with the event’s logistics, said she wanted to show off a revitalized neighborhood as well as a lot of cool cars. 

“It’s an opportunity to see the improvements that have been made in this wonderful setting of beautiful cars on the oldest public park in the country,” she said. 

But she also loves to give car buffs a chance to show off their wheels and share their stories with spectators. “They get so much out of sharing their prized possession and telling people how they got them,” she said. “It’s definitely an art form.” 

Boston car magnate Herb Chambers, one of the show’s sponsors, brought his 1995 F1 McLaren to the show. This supercar is estimated to be worth $12 million and is one of only 65 ever built. 

According to Larsen, other rare rides featured at the Cup included a 1925 Bugatti Type 30 and a 1968 Tatra 603. There were also some rare, antique motorcycles, including a 1973 Norton Commando.

This article appeared on Boston.com

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