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Best in Show 2015 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance Shines


In its third year, the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance is well on the heels of the more established Pebble Beach and Amelia Island classic and luxury car shows. Taking place on the greens of famous Pinehurst #2 golf course best known as the premiere course for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Opens that take place there every few years, 2014 being the most recent. Without a cloud in the sky, and the weather a flawless 75 degrees and sunny, the setting, day, and scenery could not have been more perfect on this second day of May when the main event took place.


Doors opened at 9 a.m. and a lucky few were able to hear Pinehurst Concours President, Jay Howard, speak about this year’s show, what makes it stand out from the other tony shows, and new exciting things taking place this year. The feature that stood out most is Pinehurst’s near perfect location. Located about an hour south of the Raleigh/Durham area this pristine locale boosts the beautiful greens of Pinehurst number two, has nearly no traffic, and is equipped with ample parking. Folks, we may have found utopia and the word is spreading. This year ticket sales were up by an astounding 4,000 more than last year.

The show features 280 cars and the fairway offers abundant room to properly display these works of beauty. Rows of cars situated into 13 classes line the greens. New this year was bringing in a national act to the evening’s events. Three Dog Knight performed to a baby boomer-centric crowd. A highlight for me was admiring Rita Hayworth’s 1953 plum-hued Series 62 Coupe by Ghia Cadillac. It was stunning! My eyes gravitated towards the fabulous Jaguars dating from the 50s and beyond and the BMWs. I have an affliction for the 800 series popular in the 1990s.

Photo courtesy of the Pinehurs

Photo courtesy of the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance

This year’s best in show was the 1919 Pierce Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer whose owner is Robert Jepson, Jr. from Savannah, Georgia. The evening closed out early to the sounds of the band and all went home just a little more enriched as the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance graced our beautiful locale.

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon

Nicole Carbon is the Editor-In-Chief of VODA Magazine. She is based in beautiful Sarasota, FL and can also be found traveling the globe reporting back on fabulous food, wine, hotels, experiences, and other luxurious finds. She is a social media maven. Her work has appeared in the Austin American Statesman, Austin MD, Austin Monthly, Austin Woman, Austin Man, Citysearch, CultureMap.com, JetBlue’s blog, Rare Magazine, and the list goes on. She has also made TV appearances on Austin's local NBC and Fox news affiliates and a segment on the Cooking Channel's Eat St. Someday soon she will also have her own travel show and possibly a travel column – preferably in the Los Angeles Times or New York Times. And yes, there's always that fabulous book deal dream.

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