The 15th Fountain Elms Invitational was held on July 1, 2012. This show was limited to award winning pre-war vehicles displayed by invitation only. While many of the vehicles in the Invitational were full Classics there was also an interesting mix of brass, antique and commercial vehicles invited.
The Invitational was held on the landscaped grounds surrounding Fountain Elms, a restored Victorian house museum, located on the campus of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY. This Italianate mansion, together with its fountain, gazebo and Victorian gardens, provided an elegant setting for the display of antique vehicles.
On Sunday morning Invitational participants began their day with a champagne continental breakfast at which time they received a gift basket of local products. Next, their vehicles were professionally photographed by the fountain in front of Fountain Elms. At noon all participants were treated to a luncheon on the mansion's enclosed and air conditioned terrace.
The Fountain Elms Invitational Awards Ceremony was held at the gazebo at 3:15 pm. At this time all participants were recognized and received a bottle of “Fountain Elms” champagne and a completed photo plaque of their vehicle in front of the mansion. A total of 10 Waterford crystal and 2 Oneida crystal trophies were presented to the winners in various categories.