Waiting for Amelia Island 2019? Atlanta might have a solution

Already missing Pebble Beach? Feeling impatient for Amelia Island? Next month's recently established Atlanta Concours d'Elegance might help tide you over until next March

When it comes to Concours d'Elegance events, America's east coast has Amelia Island in March while the west coast plays host to Pebble Beach in August. But what about the rest of the year? In the southeast there's still a six month wait until next year's edition of Amelia Island. Step up Atlanta, Georgia.

The third Atlanta Concours d'Elegance, held near the Georgia state capital in Braselton, takes place at the Chateau Elan Golf Club on the last weekend of September, and it has grand plans to be the best edition yet.

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Established in 2016, Atlanta's concours hopes to fill a gap in southeastern US concours market by running six months after Amelia Island wraps up. Although the Atlanta area has plenty of informal car meets and hobbyist-aimed shows, this is the first show aimed at automotive history and collecting.

In stark contrast to the show's young age is a line-up of rare vintage machinery. Top billing is a vehicle believed to be the last remaining Washington automobile in existence, a 1909 Washington Model A-1 Tourabout.

Other vehicles close to hitting their centry include a 1912 Benz 8/20 and a 1929 Graham-Paige LeBaron Dual-Cowl Phaeton, featuring an unusual aluminum-skinned body. Rounding out the set of pre-war classics from Evergreen Historic Automobiles is a 1935 Pierce-Arrow 1245 Rumble-Seat Convertible Coupe, one of only a handful produced, and a 1937 Delahaye 135 MS Cabriolet built by one of the French automobile industry's grandest coachbuilders, Henri Chapron.

Four other museums with car collections have sent vehicles, with some also sending members of staff to talk visitors through the history of the classic cars. Small collections and local owners will also be showing off their vehicles.

One such collector is Jeff Chattin, an aficionado of the older brass-era (1896 to 1915) of automobiles, known for having numerous shining brass components and being 'unusual and simple enough that I can work on them,' according to Chattin. He will bring a 1911 Thomas Flyer 670K Flyabout, which he spent nearly four decades searching for before he bought, and a 1909 Kissel Kar 660 Semi-Racer from his collection.

While the main event is Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance show field, there are also numerous activities and exhibitions taking place on the Saturday. The 'Classics and Coffee at the Chateau' will exhibit a group of cars, seven of which will be selected to return for Sunday’s concours. They will be competing in their own 'magnificent seven' class. Think Hagerty's Festival of the Unexceptional, except with cars that are exceptional instead.

The weekend also features the automotive artists gallery, merchants’ walkway, the gourmet food pavilion, and test drives from many luxury and exotic automotive brands. Saturday’s event ends with a preview of 50 of Sunday’s Concours entrants as they parade onto the show field, followed by the ‘Start Your Engines’ kickoff reception from 3pm to 6pm EST.

Manufacturers row, populated by more modern cars, is led by Porsche. Also present will be models from Aston Martin, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Panoz, and Rolls Royce. Concours debutants include Alfa Romeo, Audi and Lexus.

Full weekend tickets for the September 29-30 event start at $65, while prices for veterans and children 14 and under are $32.50.

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