Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance to Return in 2015

Event now features lower ticket prices and a Saturday date

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. – The third annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, a vintage car showcase of rare and pristine collector automobiles, will be staged on the fairways of Pinehurst Resort on Saturday, May 2, 2015, Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard announced Thursday.

The Pinehurst Concours continues its trend-setting and cutting-edge philosophy, moving its judged car competition from the more traditional Sunday date to a Saturday. In its first two years, the Pinehurst Concours also became an innovator in the industry by implementing an electronic judging component, creating a student judging program for local high school students, even securing Pinehurst Resort caddies decked out in their white bibs to inform entrants of their respective class awards.

“The Pinehurst Concours has garnered an unbelievable amount of interest and respect among rare car collectors and judges in just two short years, and that feedback has truly been humbling,” Howard said. “We do believe in Pinehurst Resort we have a world-class site to host our event, and the Village of Pinehurst and our connection to Fort Bragg are enticing settings and experiences for our entrants to enjoy.

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A striking midnight blue 1931 Cadillac 452A owned by 90-year-old Charles Gillet of Lutherville, Md., was awarded the Best in Show at the 2014 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance at Pinehurst Resort.

“While producing such an event from the ground floor there are always necessary tweaks, and it is just as important to garner feedback from patrons who have attended, as well as our entrants,” added Howard. “There was overwhelming support in our surveys for the event to be held on a Saturday. We have responded accordingly, confident that our changes will create a more comprehensive and flexible ‘sunrise to sundown’ experience for all of our fans across the state and entire Southeast.”

In addition, advance ticket purchases to North Carolina’s premier collector car showcase — featuring more than 100 judged cars with over 300 cars on display in total — are now priced at $25.

“The improvements to the Pinehurst Concours experience once again makes our product unique in the collector car hobby show world, consolidates the weekend, adds greater value to our ticket, and improves logistics for everyone involved,” Howard said.

“The Pinehurst Concours has been a tremendous addition to our community for two years and it’s exciting to see its continued growth heading into year three,” added Village of Pinehurst Mayor Nancy Fiorillo. “I personally have been amazed to witness first-hand some of the world’s rare auto treasures. This is truly a valued ticket and a ‘must-see’ event in Pinehurst in early May.”

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The Pinehurst Concours Best in Show winners have included a midnight blue 1931 Cadillac 452A (2014) and a rare 1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Roadster (2013). The winners were from Maryland and Pennsylvania.

The event’s Iron Mike Rally will be staged for a third year on Friday, May 1. Entrants have an opportunity to drive their vehicles in a 70-mile roundtrip caravan from Carolina Vista Drive in front of the Carolina Hotel to Fort Bragg to spend a day with the troops.

The 12 classes of cars and motorcycles competing for the Pinehurst Concours Best in Show in 2015, and the event’s featured marques, will be announced soon.

Tickets to the 2015 Pinehurst Concours go on sale Black Friday, Nov. 28 with a special holiday promotion to be announced soon.

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