All-New Atlanta Concours d’Elegance Enters Competitive Field as Prime Time Player
When Harry Krix and Bill Wallet, co-chairmen and co-founders of the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance decided their inaugural event, October 8 and 9 at the globally recognized Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, would join the ranks of the premier east and west coast concours circuit, they also decided to open the doors to a program that felt like it already had five years under its belt, rather than being perceived as an introductory run. With an anticipated 170 vehicle entrants, 35 paid sponsors and 12 luxury manufacturers (offering to provide ride-and-drive opportunities to attendees), they were confident enough to name automotive authority and television commentator Keith Martin as Honorary Head Judge, bringing immediate national recognition to the regional event.
According to Martin, the magnitude of rare multi-million dollar collector and vintage classic automobiles set to be on hand for this first-time gathering, is a rarity in itself. “But it isn’t just the significant amount of prior award-winning entrant vehicles that will be displayed that make this show so relevant,” said Martin. “This is a Concours that the general public will find fascinating, educational, and a whole lot of fun – from rare ‘Barn Finds,’ and non-judged highly-regarded car collections to an entire restoration corner, as well as food from six of the best local restaurants – it’s a weekend of firsts that have yet to hit the Atlanta scene.”