Traditionally held on Sundays, Pinehurst decided to stand out from the rest this year by holding their third annual Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance on Saturday, May 2. Instead of holding the car club show and Concours on two days (Saturday and Sunday), both were combined into one event on Saturday.
This is Pinehurst's third Councours, and each year the number of entries and the quality of the cars increases. Ticket sales grew by more than 4000 this year, and all total, 280 vehicles (for judging and for show) from ten states, were on display in separate parts of the field. This year's field of dream cars consisted of 25 Ferraris, 100 Porches, muscle cars, race cars, and, of course, an impressive group of classis from the early years. Of course, there were several examples of late-model Porches and McLarens, for those with tastes for the more modern.
Class 10, Orphan Cars, and Class 11, Micro cars, where there some of the more unique cars resided, certainly captured the imagination of the crowds of spectators, regardless of their ages. In these classes, cars such as a 1948 Tucker, a 1960 Shamrock, and a 1965 Peel P-50 (perhaps the world's smallest car) got a lot of attention. For more information about the Tucker, see our article about these futuristic vehicles on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey, PA. And, for a video, click here.
This year's Concours had judging in 13 classes, which included Pre-War American (until 1942); Post-War American (until 1974); Pre-War European (until 1942); Post-War European (until 1974); Post-War European (until 1974); Post-War Mercedes-Benz (until 1974); Ferrari (until 1975); Porsche Air Cooled (until 1988); Corvette (until 1972); Orphan Cars (Gone But Not Forgotten); Micro Cars; American Performance (until 1974); Motorcycles (Preservation until 1975). The judges had the difficult task of selecting the best of the best from these 13 classes of top-notch automobiles. We, at eClassicAutos, had our favorites, and this was one of them. We're just glad we didn't have to choose from among the many vehicles worthy of this coveted honor.
A 1919 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer, owned by Robert Jepson of Savannah, GA, was chosen as Best of Show for the 2015 Concours. The 7 foot tall custom-built car is historically significant, in that it was originally built for leading film star of the era, Fatty Arbuckle, using a design penned by a young Harley Earl. No expense was spared in its build, which was estimated at the time to be $32,000! It has 38" artillery-style wheels, and it takes more than 20 gallons to fill the cooling system. The engine is an in-line 6 cylinder with 825 cid, producing 50 HP, and it has a 4-speed transmission unheard of at the time. The purple color is correct for this car, as are the white tires. The tires are the natural color of rubber, before black dye was added, as in the tires of today
Adding to the excitement of this special day, the event closed with an concert, featuring the iconic band, Three Dog Night. What a day! We can hardly wait until next year's event.
For more photos of the 2015 Pinehurst Concours d'Elegance, see our gallery.