The Atlanta Concours ‘d’Elegance Foundation

Restoring Mobility People, Cars and Lives

Life long friends and business associates, Bill Wallet and Harry Krix  joined together in 2015 to realize their dream of producing a major classic automobile show for the Atlanta community. Several attempts have been made by others to do just that, but those efforts have never come close to our vision. Our concept was to create The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance and join the ranks of the premier east and west coast concourses. The inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance was held in 2016 and it was a major success. 

In 2018 we established the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance Foundation, a domestic non-profit corporation whose mission is two fold:  1) to restore mobility to the lives of the disabled both civilians and veterans, and 2) to perpetuate the hobby of collecting and restoring classic cars.  Our primary event is the annual Atlanta Concours d’Elegance. A portion of the proceeds from this annual show supports Shepherd Center, McPherson College Automotive Restoration Program, Metropolitan Atlanta Chapters of 100 Black Men and the Georgia Defense Force.

Non-profit Affiliations

Shepherd Center

The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance is proud to support the Shepherd Center. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.

McPherson College

McPherson College is the only school in America to provide a bachelor’s degree in automotive restoration. As a strategic partner, we are proud to support them through assistance with internships in museums and restoration shops, scholarships, and other programs.  Programs like this will ensure the long-term viability of collector cars and the hobby of collecting the rare and beautiful cars of the past.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Chapters of 100 Black Men

Their mission is to improve quality of life by supporting and enhancing educational and economic opportunities particularly for African-American youth in the Atlanta community.

Through its programs to support Atlanta’s challenged communities, members have become actively involved in educational issues affecting youth, public policy, economic, social and health issues impacting the communities it serves.

Serving as role models for youth to become emerging leaders and productive members of the Atlanta community, they partner with the neighborhood and business community on educational, economic, and worthwhile social causes that promote positive change. They provide time, talent and resources throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area demonstrating and demanding excellence in all of their endeavors.

Georgia Defense Force

The Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) is the all-volunteer, uniformed, unpaid branch of the Georgia Department of Defense, which includes the Army and Air National Guard. The State Defense Force allows veterans and those who have never served in the armed forces the opportunity for uniformed service to help their fellow citizens.

The SDF serves as the replacement for the National Guard if the Guard is called into federal service. In ‘peacetime,’ SDF provides support and assistance to the National Guard by assisting the training and administration of Guard units. A major task is to provide assistance to the families of Guardsmen ordered into federal service. It supports the National Guard’s state missions by performing a variety of community support tasks. These range from ceremonial functions such as parade color guards and support for local public events to response during natural or manmade disasters and emergencies. During such emergencies, SDF volunteers may assist state and local emergency management offices and local law enforcement in search and rescue operations, evacuation and traffic control. Other duties may include assessing the extent of damage, isolating areas of potential hazard to the public and assisting service agencies operating emergency public shelters.

Founders

Bill Wallet

Bill Wallet Atlanta Concours d'Elegance

Co-Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and founder of The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, Bill has been a car enthusiast his entire life owning and enjoying old classic cars as well as, more modern Porsches, Mercedes, BMWs, and Jaguars. His corporate career included executive positions at major high tech corporations and has been a serial entrepreneur for the last 25 years. Bill brings this experience and passion to the business management, operations, and production of The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance.

Harry Krix

Co-Chairman and founder of The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, Harry comes from a family of motorsports enthusiasts, both amateur and professional. He has served as crew chief on multiple sports car racing teams, and he has restored numerous high-level automobiles. He is an active member of IMSA, SCCA, and the BMW CCA. But one of his most rewarding experiences was working for the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. This experience inspired Harry’s desire to co-create the Atlanta Concours. His combined knowledge and expertise in entrant and car recruitment to The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance.

Advisory Board

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