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Bruce Wennerstrom, 88, Founder Of Greenwich Concours d’Elegance

Bruce Wennerstrom and his wife, Genia, founded the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in 1996
Bruce Wennerstrom and his wife, Genia, founded the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in 1996 Photo Credit: Greenwich Concours d’Elegance

GREENWICH, Conn. — Bruce Wennerstrom, co-founder and chairman of Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, died Thursday. He was 88.

"We wish to thank the many friends, physicians, and others who provided Bruce with great care, love, and support," his family announced on the event's website.

Bruce Wennerstrom and his wife, Genia, who died in 2011, founded the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in 1996.

They were also the owners and directors of the Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving and Chowder Society, a club of automobile enthusiasts established in 1957 that meets monthly at Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City.

The two shared a broad interest in cars and motorsports and thought their hometown of Greenwich was the ideal location for a true world-class concours.

The Wennerstroms created an event that is now recognized as one of the top shows in the country.

The Wennerstrom family has been an integral part of the organization, management and execution of the Greenwich Concours since its creation 20 years ago. Both the Greenwich Concours and the Madison Avenue Sports Driving and Chowder Society will continue to be operated by their children, Nord, Leif, Kirk, and Bria, as well as their daughters-in-law, Mary and April.

The family will announce plans for a memorial tribute in the near future. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to AmeriCares, the charitable beneficiary of the Greenwich Concours: http://www.americares.orgThe Wennerstrom family has been an integral part of the organization, management and execution of the Greenwich Concours since its creation twenty years ago. Both the Greenwich Concours and the Madison Avenue Sports Driving and Chowder Society will continue to be operated by their children, Nord, Leif, Kirk, and Bria, as well as their daughters-in-law, Mary and April.

The family will announce plans for a memorial tribute soon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to AmeriCares, the charitable beneficiary of the Greenwich Concours .

Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory in Norwalk is handling arrangements.

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