Award-winning car collections head to Atlanta Concours in September

1935 Pierce Arrow Model 1245

(July 26, 2018) ATLANTA, Ga. — The third year is indeed the charm for the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, with distinguished collections to suit every enthusiast — from the romanticism of rare pre-war vehicles to prominent collections that have made their historic markings from Pebble Beach to Amelia Island — all to be shown Sept. 29 and 30 at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Ga.  

With nearly 180 cars expected on the field this year, the program has grown from a local area regional event to a nationally regarded concours with entries that include top class winners from shows nationwide.

According to Bill Wallet, CEO of the Atlanta Concours, this year’s show heralds a nod to both heritage and innovation, creating a hybrid of automotive culture and all on one field.  

“Technology is always relevant,” said Wallet.  “The origins behind cars are enormously intriguing — whether found on a rare aluminum body Graham Phaeton or those that have earned class winning status in renowned concours events — each holds a spot in automotive history.”

This year, famed collector Steve Plaster will be showcasing half a dozen unique vehicles from his Evergreen Historic Automobile Collection in Lebanon, Mo., a house that holds more than 600 rare motorized gems.  Entries of his for the Atlanta Concours range from a 1909 Washington Model A-1 Tourabout — a 4-passenger surrey that is believed to be the last remaining Washington automobile in existence, to a 1937 DELAHAYE 135 MS Cabriolet, built by one of the French automobile industry's grandest coach builders, Henri Chapron.

Plaster’s collection is overseen by McPherson College alum and Automotive Restoration School graduate Michael Rhodes, who’s restoration craftsmanship aligns with his passion for curation. He’s chosen a group of cars to highlight that share in their own technological innovations