Recently ranked as one of the best auto events of 2014 by MSN, Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance returned for its second year at the Pinehurst Resort May 2-4.
The signature event blends the history, heritage and grandeur from three of North Carolina’s proudest traditions – motor sports, golf and military – in a unique celebration of America’s passion for the automobile and for the benefit of the brave military men and women. A premier automotive and lifestyle experience, the weekend consisted of a full schedule of events.
The Iron Mike Rally kicked off the weekend celebration Friday, May 2. Pinehurst Resort and Fort Bragg joined forces for a parade of cars and courage as the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance traveled to one of the nation’s largest Army bases for a day of discovery and fellowship for Concours’ participants.
Saturday, May 3 began with the Pinehurst Fairway Drive at 9 a.m. The Ford Mustang faced off with the 2013 winner of the event – Porsche. Selected Mustangs and Porsches were positioned in a battlefield formation on the first fairway of Pinehurst No. 3. Later that day, a “British Invasion” concert commemorated the 50th anniversary of The Beatles arriving in America and the elegance of the classic British automobiles. The concert at Tufts Memorial Park featured a performance by Beatles cover band “Let it Be” as well as an opportunity for car buffs to see British Auto Touring Society makes, such as Aston Martin, Austin-Healey, Bentley, Jaguar, Lotus and MG, parked adjacent to the venue.
The weekend concluded Sunday with the signature Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance event. A field of 119 exclusive show cars competed on the emerald green fairways of Pinehurst Resort. A select group of judges awarded the Best in Show to a midnight blue 1931 Cadillac 452A owned by 90-year-old Charles Gillet of Lutherville, Maryland. Other significant winners included a 1903 Marr Auto Car owned by W. Barton Close of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, which captured the HVA Award and a 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Zagato, owned by Corrado Lepresto of Milan, Italy, took the FIVA award.