At last Sunday’s Caffeine & Octane car show, alongside the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance display area, were two outstanding sports cars brought to the show by two of our favorite people; the red one is a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera brought by Ivan Ruiz; one of Atlanta Concours trusted advisers.  The blue one may need a slightly longer introduction, it’s a 1910 Oakland; owned by our friend Paul Phillips of Atlanta. 

Sixty plus years separate these two hallmark sports cars, but what unites them over time is the driving spirit in both.  Oakland’s were known for their high performance in endurance racing and hill climbs.  The De Tomaso Pantera had a 20-year run from 1971 until 1992, and if you didn’t have a poster of Farah Fawcett on your bedroom wall; chances are you had a Pantera (or a Countach) pinned there.  Car and Driver magazine clocked the Pantera’s zero-to-sixty time in less than 5.5 seconds making it one of the quickest cars of its time.

As vastly different as these cars are, they do share one strong feature: they will certainly grab your attention and put a smile on our face.  Tickets are on sale now for The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance September 29 and 30 at Chateau Elan Resort and Winery, where you’ll be able to see more of these kinds of cars up close and personal.

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