What can I expect to see at the 2017 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance ?
The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance is a full two day event featuring automobiles from high interest driver level cars in an informal setting on Saturday; to the Concours d’Elegance featuring rare, museum quality automobiles from the first half of the twentieth century in a formal judged competition on Sunday. Surrounding both days are a variety of terrific automotive and lifestyle events to be enjoyed by both avid car collectors and curious auto enthusiasts and lifestyle spectators.
The weekend show is held at the world class Chateau Elan Winery and Resort just 40 minutes north of Atlanta. The 3,500-acre estate located in the foothills of north Georgia offers a perfect setting for a Concours event.
Show field activities on both days of the two day event:
A merchant’s walk featuring thirty auto trade and prestigious lifestyle exhibitors will be on the show field. Twelve high end luxury and exotic brand automobile manufacturers will be represented showing their current models. Want to drive one of their cars? Here’s your chance! Ride and drives will be available through pre-registration as part of the manufacturers exhibits. Our Restoration Centre will include exhibitors demonstrating restoration and preservation services. A Consignment Corner will display about fifty classic and exotic cars for purchase. Enjoy breakfast and lunch at the food pavilion where restaurants and gourmet food trucks will compete for best culinary experience at the show.
Featured Cars on Saturday, September 30
Drivers at the Chateau is a special gathering of both independent and club cars that will be presented on the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance show field on Saturday from 9am to 3pm. This is an opportunity for car enthusiasts to show their high interest driver cars. This event will afford everyone an opportunity to meet with other collectors and car enthusiasts. Some car clubs will have their own club concours at this event.
Featured Cars on Sunday October 1
The Concours d’Elegance is a judged competition among 170 rare, vintage automobiles perfectly presented on the Atlanta Concours show field on Sunday October 1 from 9 am to 4 pm. These Concours cars are in as good or better condition than the day they rolled off the production line. and are selected for the competition by invitation only. The contending automobiles will be grouped by classes. Enjoy meeting the owners of these beautiful cars. Get advice on restoration from experts in the automotive field. Track the judges as they make their way around the show field to determine the winners of class awards and best of show.
Can anyone enter a car?
High interest driver quality cars can register to participate in Drivers at the Chateau on Saturday, September 30 when car enthusiasts and car club members will gather on the show field for an informal display of their terrific automobiles. Anyone can register to participate in this event. Space is limited. Registration will open to all in the Spring.
Entrant automobiles of Concours quality for the 2016 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance Sunday, October 1 competition are by invitation only. Interested car owners may apply for invitation by submitting an entrant application via our website. Submissions will include owner information, provenance and photos of the automobile. Once submitted the Concours selection committee will review each entrant. Those selected can expect to receive a formal invitation.
What makes a Concours quality car?
An automobile contending in any Concours d’Elegance must be a well preserved or restored to “as new” condition, and fully operational car. Often, they are not seen outside of museums or private collections and are not intended to be daily drivers. They usually have historic value and can be quite rare. Typically a Concours car will have been manufactured between 1890 and 1965, although there are rare exceptions.
Is this a charitable event?
Yes, An announcement of the non-profits benefitting from the weekend event will be made on our our website in the Spring.
What is the Honoree Gala associated with the Concours?
On Saturday evening, September 1 the gala will be held at the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in the Paris ballroom. More information about this cocktail chic event will be available on our website in the Spring.
When will tickets for the The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance go on sale?
Tickets will go on sale on our website in the Spring. All major credit and debit cards will be accepted. Present your bar coded receipt at will call on the day of the show to gain admittance to the event.
What is the history of a Concours d’Elegance?
A Concours d’Elegance is a French term that literally translated means a competition of elegance. Think of it as a “beauty pageant” for rare and elegant cars. Owners of rare vintage automobiles are invited to contend. Entrants are rated for authenticity, function, history, style and quality of restoration by a team of judges that include specialists for each car type. Judges make awards in many categories and for best of show.
The competition began in France in the 17th century as a parade of horse drawn carriages in the parks of Paris during summer weekends and holidays. Over time, carriages became horseless and the gatherings became a competition among automobile owners to be judged on appearance. In the United States,the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance is one of the earliest Concours d’Elegance events and one of the most prestigious worldwide.
What should I wear to the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance?
Show field attire is country club casual. Collard shirts, slacks or jeans for men. Ladies, you know what to do! Flats of wedges are suggested as you will be walking on grass.