North Carolina-Concours D’ Elegance-May 2

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-May 2

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special.

On Saturday some great friends of my wife and I invited us to a classic car show called Concours D’ Elegance which was held at the Pinehurst Resort.


Our friends Tony and Tina Jenkins had a pair of tickets and invited us to join them.


What a great Saturday we had taking in Southern Pines “Spring Fest” on Broad Street and grabbing lunch at a fairly new restaurant called Chapman’s. After lunch we jumped in the car and arrived at the Pinehurt Resort Horse Track where they had a shuttle take us to the gate for the show.


Once we got inside we saw fabulous cars as we sipped on some North Carolina beers including some from Appalachian Mountain Brewery in Boone, NC. I liked the Long Leaf IPA.

The cars were lined up on the fairway of Pinehurst Course #5 close to the clubhouse and right alongside NC 5. The stage for the concert that evening sat at the bottom of the hill which created a pretty neat amphitheater. We arrived around 2:30 p.m. And walked around for a couple hours taking in as many cars as possible.


Around 4:30 we took our blanket far removed from the crowd but with a great sightline of the stage and The Commodores.


I wondered what made this car show special and here is what I learned. Numerous local organizations sponsor ‘Concours’ events; traditionally vehicle judging at a Concours is more demanding than that of a neighborhood or general automobile show. Trained judges examine the vehicle thoroughly. They rate each and every component. Only those vehicles that are judged perfect (or very nearly so) in every way, are considered eligible for trophy class.

Often the competitiveness of a Concours d’Elégance forces restoration of a vehicle to surpass ‘mint’ condition. Mint condition would be the state of the vehicle when it originally left the factory. Concours-quality cars often are given upholstery, paint, plating, and mechanical restoration that makes them superior to what they would have looked like coming off the factory floor.

We met a car owner that does Concours D’ Elegance very well. As we were sitting up on our blanket we saw a VIP Golf cart pull up alongside us as The Commodores came on stage. Two gentleman got out of the golf cart and starting walking away looking for a place to sit. I asked the golf cart driver who they were and she said Peter Boyle the 2013 and 2016 Winner of Concours D’ Elegance “Best in Show”.

After about 3 songs our group noticed they had taken off there sports coats and were sitting on the grass. I went over and said congrats and invited to use our blanket. He passed on the offer but agreed to take a photo with us.

Picture below is his 1938 Steyr Sports Roadster which won Best in Class in 2013. Photo below right is Peter with our gang. Great gentleman and wonderful car owner.

Picture at bottom left is his 1928 Isotta Fraschini that Peter Boyle Pinehurst Resort

won Best in Class in 2016. Peter is from  Oil City, Pa. and is a two time winner.


Good blog post below

List of all the 2016 Pinehurst Concours D’ Elegance winners




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