An Affair to Remember

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The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance a parade of  luxury, power and history

Story for Home Magazine | Photography by Michelle Boaen Jameson

It doesn’t take Cary Grant or Deborah Kerr to feel the passion that filled the air at Chateau Elan. It swirled around every fender, tire and dash.
It’s a love like no other — a love of automobiles.

Swarms of car enthusiasts roamed the golf course at Chateau Elan, oohing and aahing over the shiny machines.
More than 170 vintage, classic and innovatively designed vehicles — including several multimillion-dollar cars — were displayed at the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance competition and celebration in Braselton.
The weekend included a collection of hundreds of elegant vehicles in numerous classes from the Brass Era to imported early 20th century sports cars to vintage competition cars to unrestored barn finds.
The Concours d’Elegance is a celebration of innovative automobile design throughout history. Specialty cars at the two-day event were:
* Five exceptional vehicles from the Harold Coker collection with three original Thomas Flyer multi-cylinder vehicles from the early 1900s, including a 1912 roadster
* A pristine collection of Chevrolets dating back to the 1920s from local collector Jim Collier
* Among numerous Barn Finds, a pre-war seven-passenger 1932 Packard Phaeton — one of the last to exist
* Several vintage customized cars from the Elliott Museum in Jensen Beach, Fla., including a 1914 Packard touring car and a 1920 Hudson, each owned by Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso
The honorary head judge for competitions was Keith Martin, co-host of Velocity Channel’s “What’s My Car Worth?” Martin’s automotive acumen, national recognition and participation in some of the world’s most highly regarded Concours brought a level of notoriety to the event.
The event also featured Ride-and-Drive experiences with some of the world’s top luxury car manufacturers, including Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes, Panoz, Porsche, Rolls Royce and Tesla. The theme of the event was aptly named “Shifting through Time.”
Between gliding around vehicles and recalling fond memories, attendees sipped on cognac slushies and munched on snacks from various food trucks.
In addition to vehicle showcases, technical sessions, sponsor displays and a wide variety of vendors, the weekend culminated in a dinner gala honoring pharmaceutical, technology and auto racing entrepreneur Don Panoz. Proceeds benefitted the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Panoz founded the Panoz Motorsports Group, the American Le Mans racing series and the Petit Le Mans endurance sports car race. The Panoz museum, located in Braselton, houses several of the Panoz race cars, including the Delta Wing and the Esperante GTR-1.

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