The Pinehurst fairways hosted the 4th annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, April 30 with well over 12,000 in attendance.
The term “Concours d’Elegance”, meaning “competition of elegance”, dates back to 17th-century France and today refers to the vintage showcase of rare and pristine collector automobiles and motorcycles that are judged based on their appearance, history, significance and condition. Twelve classes of vehicles competed for Best in Show.
The 12 classes judged for this year’s event were as follows: Pre-War American (Open & Closed Until 1942); Post-War American (Open & Closed Until 1974); Pre-War European (Open & Closed Until 1942); Post-War European (Open & Closed Until 1974); Ferrari (Until 1975); Porsche (Air-Cooled Cars) Until 1988; Corvette (Until 1972); Pre-War French Curves; Future Japanese Collectables; Racing Cars; Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe & Roadster (1954-1963) and Indian Motorcycles.
Out of 300 cars and motorcycles that competed, the coveted Best in Show Award was won by a 1928 Isotta Fraschini 8ASS owned by Peter Doyle of Pennsylvania. This is Boyle's second win. His 1938 Steyr Roadster won the top prize at the inaugural Concours in 2013.
"It's a tremendous, humbling experience to be here and have two wins," Boyle said. "It's a great show."
The competition was followed by a concert featuring The Commodores, a funk/soul band that over 4 decades has sold more than 70 million albums, recorded seven No. 1 hits, and continues to sell out venues around the world.
Both Bob Ingram, Pinehurst Concours Chairman, and Concours President Jay Howard confirm that there will be a fifth annual Pinehurst Concours in 2017.