Update 5/8/17: A 1925 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Roadster purchased new by reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes captured the covetted Best in Show award Saturday at the fifth annual Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance. The car included the gilded "HH" initials on the customized three pieces of fitted luggage found in the trunk that once belonged to Hughes, who bought the car for $13,450. Guy Lewis of Pinecrest, FL bought the car 3 years ago.
And in a first, two locally owned cars won Best in Class awards.
A red 1974 DeTomaso Pantera owned by Rob DeQuette, of Foxfire Village, won the top award in the European sports cars-closed class, and a 1969 Ford Torino Talladega owned by Carson Riddle, of Carthage, won the top award the American sports/muscle cars (pre-1975) class.
This year's show featured more than 300 collector and rare cars, with 122 of them competing in the 14 judges classes. A new Japanese Classics class was added this year.
"We've gotten so many compliments about the organization of the show and about Pinehurst as a community," Concours Chairman Bob Ingram said. "We have become -- and I say it with total modesty -- in five short years, one of the top five concours in America."
Photo courtesy of The Pilot
Blending the history, heritage and grandeur from three of North Carolina’s proudest traditions – motorsports, golf and military – the Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance is a unique celebration of America’s passion for the automobile and honor for the brave men and women who protect and provide the very freedom we enjoy.
The fifth annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance will be on Saturday, May 6, 2017, and will feature some of the most historic and rare automobiles staged on the fairways of Pinehurst Resort.
This year, Concours d’Elegance vehicles will be judged in 14 classes, including Chevrolet Corvettes 1953 – 1972, European Sports Classics, and Japanese Classics, according to build year, vehicle type, country of origin, or even manufacturer. They are judged by trained professionals, who examine the vehicle thoroughly, taking into account nearly every aspect of the vehicle, though their emphasis is on historical importance and condition. Each competitor hopes to win Best in Show.
Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army, as well as NBC-TV Formula One commentators Steve Matchett and David Hobbs, will be the featured speakers at the Concours Dinner on May 5th. “What an honor to have these gentlemen participating in our 5th anniversary event,” said Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard.
Award-winning country artist Sara Evans, who has sold more than six million records and produced five No. 1 hits, will perform a live concert following the awards ceremony on May 6th. “I’m so honored to be a part of the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance and can’t wait to get back to North Carolina,” Evans said. “I also can’t wait to see all of the amazing cars that will be part of the event!”
For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Concours website.