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Atlanta Concours adds award honoring the late Don Panoz 


The third annual Atlanta Concours d’Elegance takes place Sunday at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Georgia, this year hosting about 200 exceptional classic cars and motorcycles including those from a number of prestigious collections, and also presenting The Visionary Award in honor of Don Panoz, the motorsports entrepreneur who died  September 11. 

Panoz, who was 83, was a legendary auto enthusiast who created his own boutique sports car company and race team, invested in a number of iconic racing circuits and is widely credited with resurrecting sports car racing in North America.   A founder of Mylan pharmaceutical company, Panoz was generous with his knowledge and experience in helping to establish the Atlanta Concours at the winery, resort and conference center he built in Braselton. 

The late motorsports legend Don Panoz will be honored with an annual award

“The Visionary Award will be presented to an entrant, sponsor or vendor that best exemplifies the futurist spirit that so defined Don Panoz,” Bill Wallet, chief executive of the Atlanta Concours, said in a new release. “The award will be presented during Sunday’s Atlanta Concours awards ceremony.”

The concours will present “rare, meticulously restored and maintained, and historically significant automobiles,” according to the release,  including examples from the Evergreen CollectionStahls Automotive Foundation, the Gilmore Car Museum, the Elliott Museum, and the Lane Motor Museum.

The show will feature Manufacturers Row where brands such as Porsche, the 2018 Atlanta Concours featured marque, as well as Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, McLaren, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Panoz, Rolls Royce, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Karma, and Lexus will display their latest vehicles, with some offering test drives.

Newly established for 2018 is the Atlantic Concours d’Elegance Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to restoring mobility to the lives of the disabled, both civilians and veterans, as well as enhancing the hobby of collecting and restoring classic cars.  

For more information about the Atlanta Concours, visit the event website.

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Hilton Head Island untouched by storm

The organizers of the Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance in South Carolina have announced that the hurricane and flooding that have swept the southeast have not touched Hilton Head Island and that the show will go on as usual November 2-4. 

“As those in the South Carolina upstate and North Carolina survey the damage, we know that their communities will see the best of the fellow mankind and they, too will come together and become stronger,” the organizers said in a news release. “Our hearts go out to those who suffered these losses.  We do not take for granted that our beautiful Island skirted this disaster.”

For more information about the Atlanta Concours, visit the event website

Goodwood Breakfast Club

“A hearty breakfast and a complimentary display of incredible cars on the Goodwood Motor Circuit – what more could you ask for on a Sunday morning?!”  So asks those putting on the Goodwood Breakfast Club, a series of casual morning events that celebrate classic cars in one of the most-iconic motorsports venues in the world.

The next event is Japanese Sunday on October 7 for a morning with “a Rising Sun flavour” and many favorite cars, trucks and motorcycles from Japan.  On November 4, the event is Hot Hatch Sunday for a look at the three-door performance cars.

Admission tickets are required for each event.  For more information, visit the event website

More concours and events

The Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance, this year celebrating “California Style” and the cars that made it happen, takes place Sunday at Louis Zamperini Field in Torrance, California.  For more information, visit the event website

Shelby GT350s at the Galpin Car Show last year | Galpin

The seventh annual Galpin Car Show will be presented October 7 with nearly 1,000 vehicles expected for display at the dealership campus, 15505 Roscoe Boulevard, North Hills, California.  For more information, visit the event website

The inaugural Virginia Festival of the Wheel classic car show will be held October 7 at the Sprint Pavilion in Charlottesville, Virginia. For more information, visit the event website.  

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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