Every few years, Park Drags and Road Coaches return to the historic streets of Newport, Rhode Island. This year’s event was held this past weekend, August 20-23, and was arranged by the Preservation Society of Newport County, which works to preserve the famous mansions of Newport.

According to the society’s website (www.newportmansions.org), the public was treated to free viewing of the colorful and historic coaches on Friday and Saturday, as they drove through the streets of Newport and the grounds of the Newport mansions, “celebrating and preserving a century-old sporting tradition.” A special exhibition, free to the public, was held on the grounds of The Elms on Saturday morning.

Dottie Billington took these three photos, and has kindly allowed us to use them here. You can see more photos on her website.

Frolic Weymouth driving his Park Drag

Frolic Weymouth driving his Park Drag

Louis Piancone driving his 1885 Tantivy Road Coach, which was formerly owned by John Seabrook

Louis Piancone driving his Tantivy Road Coach, which was built in 1885 by Shanks of London and was formerly owned by John Seabrook

Misdee Wrigley Miller driving another Tantivy Road Coach