The 2014 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance was held May 2-4 at the Pinehurst Resort and Golf Club in North Carolina. Warm weather and Carolina blue skies greeted the field of 119 classic automobiles displayed on the first holes of courses #3 and #5 at the famed golf resort. The second annual event featured the 50th Anniversary of the Ford Mustang, the 40th Anniversary of the Porsche Turbo and Wood-bodied Cars.
A midnight blue 1931 Cadillac 452A owned by 90-year-old Charles Gillet of Lutherville, Maryland, was awarded the Best in Show at the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance 2014. The Cadillac, equipped with a V-16 engine and purchased in 1986 by Gillet and then restored by Pruiett Automotive Restoration, emerged from the Grand Classics class to capture the top prize.
Gillet, who didn’t attend last year’s inaugural competition, put both hands to his head in shock when notified by Pinehurst Resort caddies – a Pinehurst Concours tradition – that his Cadillac 83-year-old car was judged the day’s best.
“I’m 90 and some of the better things come later in life,” Gillet said. “This has to be one of those days. “My restorer was taking me to lunch one day and I happened to say in a dreamy tone, ‘Someday I would love to have a 16-cylinder Cadillac.’ There was a pause and he said, ‘I know where I can get you one.’ And he did in 1986 and that’s it and we still have it all these years later.
“It is a rare and beautiful car so we knew we had a chance but when we saw some of the other cars — and some cars right next to us on the showfield — we thought, ‘Oh no, this is going to be tough.’ So this really did come as a surprise. I am absolutely bowled over,” continued Gillet.
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 Lopresto of Milan, Italy, took the FIVA award, celebrating vehicles have that survived virtually unrestored.
The 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 of Michael Mulligan won the competitive Porsche Turbo 40th Anniversary class. The black 964 series Turbo was originally owned by film director Michael Bay and used during several scenes of his Bad Boys movie that starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Second place went to James Edward’s speed yellow 1996 Porsche (993) GT2 “Strasse”, one of 57 originally built, while the 1996 Porsche (993) 911 Turbo of Karl Boegner finished third.
Sports Car Digest Publisher Jamie Doyle entered his 1973 BMW 2002 Tii in the Sports and GT Cars 1965 to 1976 class, which was won by the stunning 1972 Datsun 240Z of Robert Speights. The orange Z was used by Nissan North America for advertising campaigns at the launch of the 350Z and the 40th Anniversary 370Z. It previously took home five Best in Class awards at events from Florida to California. (Pinehurst Concours – Complete Results)
Last year’s Best in Show winner – a 1938 Steyr 220 Glaser Roadster – was staged as a display car on the fairways of Pinehurst Resort, as was the ex-Steve McQueen 1956 Jaguar XKSS, which was making a rare appearance on the East Coast from its home at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Both vehicles drew large crowds all day.
Pinehurst Concours Executive Director Jay Howard said, “The turnout in our second year has humbling and we’re looking forward to improving the event even further next year, but we feel we’ve sort of “teed it up” for Pinehurst heading into back-to-back U.S. Opens in June.”
“A lot of the collectors I know that came last year and are back this year continue to talk to me about the hospitality of Pinehurst,” said Concours Chairman Bob Ingram. “They love the geographic convenience of getting here and the convenience of the set-up at the Pinehurst Concours. I believe we’ve got a winner here.”
The event kicked-off on Friday, May 2nd with the Iron Mike Rally, a 60-mile tour through the golf country of Pinehurst, the horse farms of nearby Southern Pines and then the wide-open roads of the massive Fort Bragg, home of the United States Army Airborne and Special Operations Forces and one of the largest military complexes in the world. After passing Fort Bragg’s “Iron Mike” statue, dedicated to paratroopers from throughout US military history, the rally ended on a show field that was open to military members and their families. A “Soldier’s Choice” award, given to the car with the most votes from the military guests, went to the 1934 Packard 1104 Sport Phaeton owned by David Peeler.
The 2014 Pinehurst Concours kicked off a celebrated six-week period at one of the world’s top golf resorts, which will play host to the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in consecutive weeks in June.
Photographer Al Wolford documented the 2014 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, offering the following images that highlight the quality participants at this year’s event. We split up Al’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery begins on the seventh page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance 2014 – Featured Photo Gallery
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