1933 Isotta Fraschini, 1937 Packard win top awards at Atlanta Concours

(October 5, 2018) ATLANTA, Ga. — There was something for everyone this year at the Third Annual Atlanta Concours d’Elegance — from mint julep ice cream on the grounds of world-renowned Chateau Elan to an international food flow with outstanding latte service — but the cars were still the stars. 

Biggest winners of the more than 30 class categories were:

    • Best in Show European: The Evergreen Collection, Steve Plaster, 1933 Isotta Fraschini

    • Best in Show American: Millard Choate, 1937 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Sport

    • Don Panoz Visionary Award: presented to McPherson College, Amanda Gutierrez M.B.A., vice president for Automotive Restoration

1937 Packard Super 8 Dual Cowl Sport

According to Bill Wallet, CEO of the Atlanta Concours, with nearly 180 cars on the show field for the Concours and another 100 non-show cars active at the prior day’s Classics and Coffee at the Chateau event, including those chosen Saturday as the "Magnificent Seven" to compete in their own class on Sunday, the event proved that three makes a tradition.

“We’re very excited by the notable increase in awareness and participation we’ve garnered over the past few years,” said Wallet.  “The diversity of attendees, entrants and vehicles is outstanding – even the ability to claim the largest showing of brass-era cars in any concours event nationwide really sets us apart.”

1933 Isotta Fraschini

Wallet noted that the competition, all adjudicated by a team of 50 judges using the internationally acclaimed ICJAG criteria, included rare cars and class categories ranging from preservation and pre- and post-war vehicles to more modern-day sports and European race cars.  Porsche, the featured marque for the weekend and continuing the brand’s 70th anniversary celebration, was well represented in at least four categories including the beautiful and iconic 356 model of the early ‘60s.

Brass-era cars alone, with three separate classes distinguished by horsepower, had some amazing standouts along with a selection of Duesenberg, Cord and Auburn models, as well as one dozen rare Packard vehicles.