The 2016 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance award winners represented an outstanding display of rare automobiles competing for fourteen class awards, numerous automobiles of distinction, and a Best in Show award which went to this world class 1909 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. The oldest car and the best preservation car were also awarded. Each car was recognized by the show honoree, Don Panoz who presented the owners with trophies designed and produced by custom model maker Harrison Krix.
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Although hurricane Matthew attempted to disrupt the inaugural event, mother nature was on our side as the opening day of the 2016 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance dawned with beautiful North Georgia Fall temperatures and clear blue skies over the picture perfect fairways of Chateau Elan. Lined with outstanding examples of both driver and Concours quality automobiles during the two day event, the venue’s rolling hills provided a beautiful and unique Concours setting.
At the Sunday Concours competition, the cars were perfectly showcased in fourteen classes each set in a clever crescent shape. With approximately 2000 attendees each day, the show field was easy to maneuver and enjoyable to linger over an extraordinary display of rare, vintage automobiles. The 1909 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost took Best in Show while the 1900 De Dion-Bouton Vis a Vis took Oldest Car at the show. Best in Class awards went to the 1919 Pierce-Arrow originally manufactured for the silent screen actor Fatty Arbuckle; and, a 1961 Maserati Prototype 3500 GT, among others. Clearly a crowd pleaser, the 1909 Thomas Flyer was one of many that received an Automobile of Distinction Award.
Honorary judge Kieth Martin presided over the Concours competition. The event hosted more than fifty sponsors including twelve premier exotic car manufacturers, numerous classic car restoration shops, and automotive trade and lifestyle exhibitors. More than 200 guests got to drive the exotic car of their dreams during the Ride and Drive Experience. Four of the best gourmet food trucks were on site delivering delicious entrees and deserts. Wine and beer were available on the show field and all non alcoholic beverages were provided by The Atlanta Tool Bank.
On Saturday morning, forty of the Concours competition entrants gathered in front of the Chateau winery for the Grand Tour. What a site to see the parade of classic cars tour to Road Atlanta and take two laps around the famous racing track. The City of Braselton welcomed the tour for lunch in the park, complete with an ice sculpture of the Atlanta Concours logo, honoring the city’s 100th anniversary.
At the same time, more than 200 driver quality cars were on display at the show field. Arranged in two classes, American cars anchored by the Corvette clubs and European cars anchored by the Mercedes Benz clubs lined the 18th fairway during a casual day of fun with fellow car enthusiasts. Along with these driver cars, two collections were featured in midfield both days of the event. The Elliott Museum brought five cars from their Boca Raton, Florida museum and the Jim Collier Collection from Atlanta featured five of their fabulous Chevrolets.
The day’s events ended with a gala honoring Don Panoz, the 2016 honoree hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association in the hotel ballroom at Chateau Elan. One hundred and fifty guests enjoyed cocktails and dinner with the Panoz family, and witnessed one bold guest purchase the deal of his lifetime, a custom built Panoz sports car auctioned at the dinner.