On boarding great new sponsors, attending the Amelia, continuing to enhance our affiliations with two terrific non-profit organizations, details for the Trunk Show and the Honoree Gala.  We continue to make great progress engaging both the classic car and the Atlanta metropolitan community in their support for the inaugural 2016 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance.  Every day new and exciting relationships occur, some beyond our wildest imaginations!  Our roster of entrant automobiles grows daily.  We are amazed by the collectors and their museum quality cars located in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast.  Collectors from across the nation have expressed their excitement about the October event.

Our road trip to the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance March 12 and 13 was terrific. The show was excellent.  Each time we think we’ve seen it all, we go back to Amelia and realize there is more still to come. 

There is certainly one common thread to an event like this that continues to impress us year after year. Its not the cars, the field or even the celebrities.  Its the car people: the individual owners, Saturday drivers, collection managers, and restoration folks who make all this beautiful machinery come to life.  It is hard for someone outside the car business/hobby to realize that most owners of these fantastic works of art dont consider themselves ownersbut rather custodians.  It is these people who really make the show interesting and compelling.  Whether talking with an MG guy on Saturday about his MGB or talking with Bob Jepson about his 1927 Isotta Frachini Tipo 8AS on the Sunday show field, there is one tremendous unifying theme which is a deep respect for the heritage of the motor-car.  On the show field, its contagious. Ask a reasonable question of a car keeper and watch the passion pour out. We are really blessed to be working with these folks and bringing an event of this caliber to Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in October.

What do you do when your dream becomes a reality?  You absolutely enjoy the ride!

Harry Krix  Chairman

Bill Wallet   Co-Chairman

Discounted Tickets  Go on sale April 1st

Discounted tickets to the 2016 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance will go on sale on our website on April 1st.  A full-priced ticket to the all day Sunday, October 9 event will be $75.  Purchase your tickets in April to take advantage of the early-bird discounted rate of $60.

Take off in a new Ferrari !

Ride and Drives with major marques will be available on both days of the show in October.  We are excited to announce the first of many sponsors, Ferrari Maserati of Atlanta who will feature several of their latest models at the ride and drive event. Hop in a Ferrari and experience the thrill of driving/riding in a high performance car.  Information about reserving a time with the manufacturer will be available on our website in the coming months. 

The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance Non-Profit Partners

In our quest to fulfill our goal of giving back to the Atlanta Community, we found hundreds of worthy non-profit organizations.  One stood out because of their mission to provide assistance to all non-profits in the Atlanta metropolitan area.  The 2016 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance is proud to partner with the Atlanta Community ToolBank. This organization provides thousands of volunteers with tools for their service projects and events.  They will be providing all non-alcoholic beverages and snacks on the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance show field over the two day event. 

The 2016 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance Gala on Saturday evening, October 8, will benefit the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  This non-profit serves individuals and families touched by this devastating disease.  They provide research, education, support, and assistance throughout the state.

A link to these organizations can be found on the Charity page of our website. 

The 2016 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance Honoree Gala

Honoring a formidable personality in the automobile industry who will be announced in May, this fantastic event will take place in the ballroom at the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort on Saturday evening, October 8.   The event will benefit the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimers Association.  The elegant cocktail-chic dinner will begin with a reception at 6:30, followed by a seated dinner and entertainment.  Planning is underway at the Georgia Chapter/Alzheimer’s Association.  Tickets to the event will go on sale on both our web site and theirs in the very near future.

The 2016 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance Trunk Show

Enjoy a glass of Chateau Elan’s award winning wine and experience an intimate showing of the latest collection of several world renown designers at the winery at Chateau Elan on Sunday October 9 between 1:00pm and 4:00pm.  Informal modeling will be presented by one of Atlanta’s premier fashion retailers.  Make plans to reserve your seat at one of the four limited seatings.  Tickets will go on sale on our website in July.

Coming in the May Edition of  A View From the Drivers Seat

Our Honoree will be announced in the May edition of the newsletter.  Check back with us then to find out more about other ride and drive sponsors, coverage of our attendance at the Walter Mitty at Road Atlanta, a visit to Coker Tires in Chattanooga, and our participation at Cars and Q, a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.