As producer and promoter for the inaugural Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, JHE had the great honor of working with Bob Ingram. Ingram, who is one of North Carolina’s most influential business leaders, was named honorary chairman of the event. A Durham resident and avid collector of vintage automobiles, he served as the spokesman and advisor for the vintage automobile show held at Pinehurst Resort May 3-5, 2013.
After the conclusion of the inaugural weekend, the car enthusiast shared his thoughts on JHE, the show and what he hopes the future will bring for the first-time event:
1. What was it like working with JHE for the inaugural Pinehurst Concours?
Mr. Ingram: I was proud to work with the JHE team. It was clear to me that Jay Howard and his team had the background, success and the commitment to make this event possible.
2. What do you feel like differentiated the JHE team?
Mr. Ingram: Total professionalism, well prepared, clear accountability and thorough follow up.
3. What were you most excited about seeing at the inaugural Pinehurst Concours?
Mr. Ingram: I was most excited to see the first matching of Pinehurst’s beauty and history with an incredible field of beautiful and historic automobiles.
4. What was your impression of the inaugural Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance?
Mr. Ingram: We met or exceeded people’s expectations – great initial event.
5. What do you hope to see in the future for the event?
Mr. Ingram: I hope the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance at the Pinehurst Resort will become a destination for this hobby ever year.
6. Where did your passion for classic cars originate?
Mr. Ingram: I have had “the car gene” since I was a young boy. I worked my way through college as a bookkeeper for a Chevrolet dealer. We have been collecting Porsches for more than 15 years and enjoy doing it together as a family.
7. What is your favorite collectible car?
Mr. Ingram: My favorites are the early aluminum Porsche race cars, such as the 1952 America Roadster, 1955 550 Spyder, 61 Porsche Abarth Carrera GTL and the 1964 Porsche 904 GTS.
The Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance will return to Pinehurst Resort May 2-4, 2014, with entry applications being accepted starting July 4. Next year’s event will kick off a prestigious six-week period at Pinehurst Resort, which will also host the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open on consecutive weeks in June.