The Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance 2015 will be held Saturday, May 2nd at the Pinehurst Resort and Golf Club in North Carolina. The 3rd annual event will see twelve classes judged for Best in Show with up to 300 cars and motorcycles displayed on the first holes of courses #3 and #5 at the famed golf resort.
This year’s Pinehurst Concours will feature the previous Best of Show winners – a 1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Roadster and 1931 Cadillac 452A – displayed prominently side-by-side on one of the fairway tee boxes.
“We’re honored to have both of these incredible automobiles returning to our venue for patrons who did not get an opportunity to see them up close at our 2013 and 2014 events,” said Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard. “We’re extremely proud of our past champions and look forward to honoring them again on the fairways of Pinehurst. This will hopefully become another elect to our Concours story – The Pinehurst Way.”
Peter Boyle’s 1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Roadster – one of six made – won at Pinehurst Resort in May 2013, then captured two more Best of Shows during that summer Concours season in Ohio and New York.
“Some of these classic vehicles have become pieces of art; part of the history of the world,” said Boyle of Oil City, Pennsylvania. The Steyr arrived from New Zealand on a ship to the West Coast in 2011 and was restored by Roger James of D&D Classic Automobile Restoration of Dayton, Ohio.
The Midnight Blue 1931 Cadillac 452A, which captured the Best of Show last May at the Pinehurst Concours, is owned by 91-year-old Charles Gillet of Lutherville, Maryland. The Cadillac is equipped with a V-16 engine and was restored in 1987 by Prueitt Automotive Restoration in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. There are less than a dozen of that type of body style in existence, according to restorer David Prueitt.
“That Cadillac has been back and forth across the country,” Prueitt said. “It was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours some 20 years ago. We’ve had quite a history with that car. It is an older restoration and we’re still showing it, which is quite amazing. The color combination is really outstanding with the Midnight Blue with the silver molding. It really stands out.”
The two past champions of the event will also join a 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe with bodywork by Ghia, a car owned by Rita Hayworth, as non-judged display cars. The world’s wealthiest man at the time – Prince Aly Khan – gave this Cadillac as a gift to the famed actress, to whom he was married briefly.
The Rita Hayworth car making the cross-country trip from California to North Carolina continues a tradition started at the 2014 Pinehurst Concours in which a 1956 Jaguar XKSS once owned by Steve McQueen was on display. (See 2014 Pinehurst Concours Photo Gallery).
“We believe staging such autos of note above and beyond our 12 judged classes accentuates the overall experience and ticket value to our annual collector showcase,” continued Howard.
Three Dog Night will perform a concert at approximately 5:00pm following the awards ceremony on the fairways of Pinehurst Resort in a unique setting. From 1969-1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night.
Advance tickets to the third annual Pinehurst Concours on May 2 are now $40 ($25 ticket offer has expired) at PinehurstConcours.com. Four additional ticket outlets are scattered across Pinehurst and Southern Pines. The day’s ticket includes entry into the Pinehurst Concours and the Three Dog Night concert.
Proceeds from this year’s Pinehurst Concours will benefit the USO of North Carolina, continuing the event’s strong military connection.
Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance 2015 – Class List
Class 1: Brass Era (Pre-1916)
Class 2: Pre-War American (open and closed until 1942)
Class 3: Post-War American (open and closed until 1974)
Class 4: Pre-War European (open and closed until 1942)
Class 5: Post-War European (open and closed until 1974)
Class 6: Ferrari (until 1975)
Class 7: Porsche (air-cooled cars) until 1998
Class 8: Corvette (until 1972)
Class 9: Orphan Cars
Class 10: Micro-Cars
Class 11: American Performance until 1974 (Muscle Cars)
Class 12: Motorcycles until 1975 (Original Paint/Preservation)
[Source: Pinehurst Concours]