North Carolina business leader and noted automotive collector Bob Ingram was named honorary chairman of the inaugural Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, scheduled for May 3-5, 2013 at the 118-year-old Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
The first-ever Concours event at the Pinehurst Resort will feature a staging of 118 automobiles, some valued at more than $2 million. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 22 and can be purchased at PinehurstConcours.com.
Ingram, former CEO of GlaxoSmithKline and now chairman of Elan Corp., a major drug firm based in Ireland, will serve as spokesman and adviser for the vintage automobile show at Pinehurst.
“As a car enthusiast myself and entrant of past Concours competitions, I was thrilled and flattered when approached to be honorary chairman of the inaugural Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance,” said Ingram, who was named 2011 Business Leader of the Year in the Triangle. “There couldn’t be a more appropriate setting for this historic event than Pinehurst Resort, a true industry leader and trend setter in Southern hospitality. Fans can expect a real treat.”
The official judging takes place on Sunday, May 5, with the 118 cars (to coincide with the 1895 founding of Pinehurst Resort) displayed on the first holes of Courses 3 and 5, with the historic portion of the resort clubhouse as a backdrop.
“The inaugural Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance is going to bring different guests to the area, folks who aren’t necessarily golfers but who appreciate the scenery, the beauty and our history,” added Pinehurst Resort Executive Vice President Tom Pashley. “And when you combine that with vintage cars and the enthusiasts who follow these rare automobiles, it’s a unique combination, a nice marriage.”
Individual tickets for the Sunday competition can be purchased at PinehurstConcours.com starting Friday, Feb. 22 at an introductory price of $40 through April 30. Tickets are $50 from May 1 until the start of the event, and can be purchased onsite May 5 at Pinehurst Resort. Teenagers will receive $10 off individual tickets and kids 12 under are free with a paying adult.
Events on May 3-4, 2013 leading up to the main judging competition include an Iron Mike Rally on May 3 in which show cars will make the 75-mile roundtrip from Pinehurst to Fort Bragg for a military appreciation day on base, and RKM Collector Car Auctions will stage an automotive auction at the Pinehurst Resort Fair Barn on Saturday, May 4.
For hotel reservations, call Pinehurst Resort at (888) 894-4572 and ask for the Concours rate.
[Source: Pinehurst Concours]