It's not often the back parking lot at the Americana Manhasset luxury mall -- packed with Audis, Mercedes and BMWs -- looks like a comparative auto junkyard.
But on the other side of all the high-end retailers Sunday sat 200 cars in an even more rarefied class. Half-century-old Porsches, off-the-lot Ferraris and meticulously restored Bentleys lined spaces just off Northern Boulevard for the seventh annual Concours d'Elegance show and fundraiser.
The event, free both to spectators and entrants, centered on a $250-a-ticket raffle benefiting the Sunrise Day Camp. Organizers raised $50,000 for the Wheatley Heights nonprofit, which hosts children with cancer and their siblings.
Past-year beneficiaries include North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System hospitals, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
"It's an expensive raffle ticket," said Rebecca Hollander, Americana Manhasset's marketing director. "But even if someone didn't buy one, they're still learning about Sunrise Day Camp, and there's always other chances to support them."
She spoke from the red carpet that awaited -- along with engraved Tiffany plates -- the best cars. On either end, vendors served chocolate strawberries and promoted helicopter rides and Hamptons real estate.
"I've never seen anything like this," Beth Fetner, Sunrise Day Camp's vice president of development, said appreciatively. "We're blessed with a lot of wonderful donors."
Some people, however, simply came for the cars. Tom Riecker is a Mustang guy, but he carefully studied an unrestored white 1965 Porsche 911S.
When asked about the best part of the show, the Bethpage man quickly replied: "It's free."
The Porsche's owner, Peter Pulice, agreed. He enters a half-dozen luxury car shows a year, some of which charge spectators and entrants hundreds of dollars.
"Those can be a little stuffy," he said, as families in football jerseys shared space with the Armani-clad crowd. "This one's a little more humanized; to the masses."