The 2018 Atlanta Concours d’Elegance took place from September 29-30. The third-annual event was held at the Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton, Ga. The venue offers spectators a luxurious and laid-back atmosphere. If you’re into antique cars, hot rods, classics, exotics, supercars, and even steam cars, this event is for you.
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Other Atlanta Concours d’Elegance Weekend Activities and Features
- Cars and Coffee at the Chateau
- Entrants Tour and lap of Road Atlanta
- The Magnificent Seven competition
- Tech Sessions
- The Reunion of the Nationals
- Featured Collections
- Featured Marque: Porsche
- Various food and other vendors
- The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance award presentation
The vehicles on the Sunday Concours show field are there by invitation only. The selected entrants are chosen because they represent the best examples of their respected class categories. Professional Concours judges use a point system that focuses on historical significance, elegance, and originally. Since the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance is planned months in advance it is a rain-or-shine event, and we were blessed with plenty of sunshine.
There were several luxury and supercar brands displaying their latest offerings, most of which many would consider “dream cars”. The black McLaren 720S was definitely a crowd favorite.
One of the primary goals of the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance is to showcase innovation from the automotive world. The Georgia Tech Competitive Solar Racing Team had their SR-2 race car on display. The car is designed to compete on race tracks and cross-country challenges on solar power only.
This was the first time that the team qualified to be in the American Solar Challenge. The car competed on a 1700-mile journey from Omaha, Nebr. to Bend, Ore.(The Oregon Trail) and managed to get a top 10 finish!
Atlanta Classic Cars had a decked-out 2017 Mercedes Benz G 550 on display. This extreme SUV is loaded with state of the art technology and a heavy duty 4X4 chassis.
This is the new Avezzano GT by Panoz. All Panoz vehicles are hand built with many options available for full personalization. The Avezzano GT features an all aluminum and carbon fiber chassis. Also, Panoz sports cars now feature Feynlab’s self-heal plus ceramic paint protection coating as a standard feature. Team Panoz Racing raced the Avezzano GT in the 2017 and 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Championship, winning the Manufacturers Championship this year and finishing ahead of Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, and others.
The 2018 Portofino is the new entry-level supercar from Ferrari. It is powered by a twin turbo 3.9L V8 that makes an impressive 591 horsepower with 561 pounds feet of torque. Ferrari claims the Portofino will do 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds with a top speed of over 199 mph. Even though this car is considered an entry-level model, it still cost over $200,000!
H Craft Customs out of Atlanta, Ga. has a reputation for building successful race cars. Their GT-R made its debut at this year’s Atlanta Concours. They are master fabricators for many types of builds. If you want a car like this, order a GT-R kit from Superlite Cars and then send it to H Craft Customs. After you get your fully customized Ford GT GT-R, then it is time to drive it as if you stole it on the track, of course!
A rare and elegant 1933 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A presented by Evergreen Historic Automobiles out of Lebanon, Mo.
This piece of automotive history is a 1903 E. R. Thomas Model 18 Rear Entry Tonneau. In 1904 the manufacturer drove the car from New York to St. Louis to display it at the Worlds Fair. The car is owned by Christie C. & Jerry W. Bowen of Columbia, Tenn.
This 1954 Chevrolet Corvette was one of the flashiest rides on display.
The drivetrain has been upgraded with a supercharged LS1 and a 4L260E transmission. A narrowed C4 Corvette suspension was used to upgrade the chassis. Larry Griffey is the owner of this awesome car.
The 1961 Ferrari 59 TR was one of the rarest cars at the event. The body is all aluminum and it has a race-tuned type 168 V12 engine that makes 300 horsepower. Steve and Ila Bush of Acworth, Ga. are the owners of the car.
This 1974 BMW 3.0 CSI E9 coupe is a really cool car. It has a later model M Class E46 I-6 engine under the hood. Brendon Digel of Decatur, Ga. is the owner of this sweet Bimmer.
This 1966 Ford Mustang convertible was in a league of its own. The car is loaded with many modern and custom upgrades. It has a Tremec five-speed manual gearbox and a Ford Racing engine that put down well over 400 horsepower at the rear wheels.
Here are a couple of amazing examples that were entrants of the American Woody category.
This is a 1930 Cadillac 452 V16 Phaeton. Also known as the Cadillac Sixteen, it was produced from 1930 to 1940. This car has a 452 cubic inch (7.4 liter) V16 that makes around 165 horsepower. The Cadillac Sixteen was expensive and each chassis was made to order. Just over 4000 examples were made during the production years. This car is owned by Mary and Ted Stahl of the Stahls Museum.
A 1931 American Austin “Bantan” Roadster owned by Jeffery S. “Jaz” Brock.
The 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo was definitely a supercar during its era. According to Hemmings the 930 Turbo has a top speed of 153mph and does 0-60mph 5.4 seconds. In 1979 this car would have cost you around $42,520 brand new. This classic Porsche belongs to Craig Hasek.
This stunning car is a 1929 Packard 645 Dual Cowl Phaeton. It has a 384.6 cubic inch engine that makes 106 brake horsepower. Dr. Wellington and Janet Morton of St. Johns, Fla. are the owners.
This 1972 Porsche 916 is an extremely rare car, and it was special to see it in person as only 11 were ever made. George Hussey is the owner of this amazing example of the 916.
The 1957 fuel injected Chevrolet Bel Air convertible is an exceptional example of the rear fin era. Randy and Carol Lay are the owners of this iconic car.
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