Car show celebrates Hearthside's 'Gatsby' ties

Car show celebrates Hearthside's 'Gatsby' ties

LINCOLN - Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the filming of "The Great Gatsby" in Newport, Lincoln's Hearthside House will host a car show for dozens of Rolls-Royces and Bentleys on Sunday, Aug. 4.

Gatsby Revisited 2013 is the culmination of the annual summer meeting of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club Yankee Region, which begins in Newport and ends with the celebration at 677 Great Road. Featured cars will be from any time between 1921 and 2008.

Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby" movie featuring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow was filmed in 1973.

Several locals appeared in the film, including Hearthside's last private resident, E. Andrew Mowbray, who died in 1996.

He and his 1922 Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce appeared in the movie, as Mowbray played the part of the chauffeur to Farrow's Daisy. He even accompanied the car to England, where some of the scenes were shot.

Mowbray's wife, Penelope, also appeared in the film as an extra in the famous party scene.

Kathy Hartley, president of event sponsors Friends of Hearthside, said the celebration of the 1920s has always been a goal.

"This is something we've dreamed of doing for years as a way to pay tribute to Mr. Mowbray's passion for history and antique cars, and especially the Rolls-Royce," she said. "We were delighted that the members of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club were so enthusiastic about our idea and are thrilled with the overwhelming response by car owners coming from as far away as Canada and Pennsylvania for this spectacular event."

Once considered Lincoln's historian, Mowbray was an avid collector of antiques, especially antique cars. His famed 1922 Ghost, which once belonged to beer tycoon August Busch, was only one of a collection of many Rolls-Royces and Bentleys.

Mowbray, a longtime member of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, was a publisher by trade. He worked with the late Arthur Souter in 1976 to publish, "The American Rolls-Royce: A Comprehensive History of Rolls-Royce in America."

The event on Sunday, Aug. 4, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In addition to viewing the collection of cars, visitors will be entertained by a jazz combo and 1920s attire worn by car owners and docents from the museum.

A special exhibit in the house will showcase photos and ephemera from the movie filming, as well as photos of Mowbray's car collection. Tours of the house will be given throughout the event.

Paul Zangari, a friend of Mowbray's who worked on the antique cars behind the scenes on the "Gatsby" set, will be available to share stories about the filming.

"Getting Home Alive," a book written by Mowbray's friend Joseph Puleo that tells the story of the Hearthside resident's car collecting, will be available for sale.

The Town of Lincoln purchased Hearthside from the Mowbrays in 1996, and it is now run as a museum by the Friends of Hearthside, a volunteer organization that serves to preserve, protect and promote the 200-year-old house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

All proceeds raised from the event will help to support the continued restoration of the house.

Admission is $15. Seniors pay $12, students pay $7, and children under 10 are admitted free.

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