2017 Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance




May 6, 2017 -- The 5th annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, held on Saturday, May 6 at the Pinehurst Resort, literally had a dark cloud hanging over the event. Early morning weather forecasts were accurate, as rain – the nemesis of any outdoor car show – seemed to set in, threatening to put a halt to this celebration of cars. Many of the cars, some of which are worth as much as 8 figures, had probably never been in the rain, so, the question was: would owners expose their precious automobiles to the elements and would anyone brave the chilly temps and rain to see them if they did?  Fortunately, by late morning, patches of blue sky appeared and then splashes of sun. Soon thereafter the crowd started to arrive, and the 2017 Pinehurst Concours “field of dreams,” which consisted of over 300 cars, including some of the most significant vehicles ever shown at this venue, was underway.  Apparently, it’s true: “If you hold it, they will come.”


A Little Rain Didn't Keep 'em Away


Early Morning Rain on the Show Field Custom Car Cover for the 1928 Isotta Fraschini 8ASS, 2016 Best of Show Winner A Patch of Blue Sky - Take the Covers Off Packard in the Rain This Bimmer Found Some Sun Here Comes the Sun


Best in Class (Selected Classes)


1928 Auburn 8-115 (Boattail Speedster) - American Classic Pre-War Class 1937 Packard 12 Convertible Victoria - Packard Class 1951 Hudson Hornet - Unique & Limited Production Class 1955 Studebaker President Speedster - American Classics Post-War Class 1963 Porsche Carrera 2 Coupe - Porsche Carrera Class 1965 Brawner Hawk - Race Cars Class 1967 Corvette Convertible - Corvette Class 1969 Ford Torino Talladega - American Sports & Muscle Cars Class 1974 DeTomaso Pantera - Europan Sports Cars, Closed Class 1983 Toyota Supra - Japanese Classics Class 2016 McLaren MSO HS - Modern Super Cars Class


Best of Show Winner


This year's winner was a 1925 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Picadilly Roadster, owned by Guy Lewis of Pinecrest, FL. This car was bought new by Howard Hughes for $13,450 at a time when a Ford Model T was selling for $275. Hughes, who was 20 at the time, ordered it with monogrammed luggage, a sleek lowered windshield, custom paint, and an extensive tool roll. It is one of only 79 Springfield Ghosts with a Picadilly body.


1925 Rolls-Royce with Owner, Guy Lewis


Checking Out Other Eyecatching Cars


1928 Mercedes-Benz Type S 2014 McLaren P1 won Pinehurst award & Soldier's Choice Award 1929 Cord L29 1934 Packard 1101 1941 Buick Roadmaster 1954 Packard Convertible 1957 Ferrari TRC-500 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham 1958 Devin Special Sports Racer 1959 Cadillac Series 62 1968 Shelby GT500 KR 2013 Best of Show, 1938 Steyr 1968 Corvette L88 NART Race Car 1928 Issota Franchini, 2016 Pinehurst Best of Show 1947 Chrysler Town & Country 1967 Lamborghini P400 Miura 1955 Jaguar XK140 MC/SE


Wrapping up the Show


There's something for everyone at a Pinehurst Concours. Continuing a Pinehurst tradition, this year award-winning country artist Sara Evans performed live directly following the award ceremony. Beginning in 2015, the Concours wraps up with a concert. Previous performers were Three Dog Night and The Commodores.