Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance 2015: A Beautiful Day in the Spring Sunshine

Sights from the May 2, 2015 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance.  This is a fairly new event (3rd year) as Concours go, but it has a bright future ahead.  Located in the Sandhills of North Carolina, the town of Pinehurst is best known for its golf course and resort hotel which date back to the turn of the 20th century.   While new, this concours featured a good number of very impressive vehicles, across a variety of classes.  The microcar class was new for this year, and I missed the opportunity to enter it myself, a disappointment.  Oh well, maybe next time.  The best in show winner was a 1919 Pierce Arrow Model 66 Tourer which will be noted in the photos that follow.  I really enjoyed this show, due to the modest crowds, attractive surroundings and quite pleasant drive getting to the show itself. It is surprising to find this golf resort quite in the middle of nowhere in south-central NC.  I can’t say I’d want to play golf there in summer, the heat must be suffocating but today’s weather was just beyond optimal and near perfect for photography.  Information on classes and winners may be found here:

http://pinehurstconcours.com/2015-pinehurst-concours-delegance-winners

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Mercedes 600 Pullman

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Mercedes 600 Pullman Pneumatic Suspension Leveling Pump

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Mercedes 600 Pullman Manual Set

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Mercedes 190 SL Driver View

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Mercedes 190 SL Engine

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Volvo 122S Sports

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Maserati 3500 GT

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Maserati 3500 GT interior

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Touring Superleggera emblem on Maserati

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Maserati 3500GT Engine, Dual Plug V6 -w- Triple Sidedraft Webers

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Facel Vega HK500 Body Emblem

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Facel Vega HK500, these had a Chrysler 6.3 Liter V8

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Luxurious Facel Vega Interior

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Sunbeam Tiger

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Siata 3000 CS, in reality a FIAT 1100 Performance Model

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Ferrari 250 California Spyder, finished 2nd in Ferrari Class

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Ferrari 275 GTB-4 NART Spyder, 1 of 12 built.  Ferrari Class Winner

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Ferrari “La Ferrari”

Below, judging a 330 GTC, followed by same car’s interior and placard indicating engine firing order

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Below, lineup of the Porsche class

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Porsche 911 Engine

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Porsche 911 Interior

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Porsche 356 by Reutter

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Porsche 356 Interior

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Porsche 356 Engine

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MICROCAR CLASS 🙂  Honda 600, 2 cylinder 600cc FWD

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Guy that owned the Honda 600.  We had a good chat and he had real enthusiasm for the car (always a great type of owner to buy from if you look for one of these old cars).



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Sunbeam Tiger 

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Studebaker Golden Hawk, this was a gorgeous restoration, clearly no expense spared.

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Tucker Torpedo.  These are rather large cars, much larger than you would expect.  They dwarf a later Corvair in dimensions, despite also having a rear engine of flat 6 configuration.

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This is a Shamrock, the only car so far as I know that was fully built in the Irish Republic.  If a car designer is Irish, and full of Guinness, I guess they come up with this 🙂

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Rambler Marlin.  I really like the looks of these and Corgi Toys of England made a fine model of one, which I have.

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The following sequence is of a Shelby 350 GT Mustang.  Interiors were quite stock.

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Stunning Cadillac V-16

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Ferrari 360 Modena Coupe

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Ferrari Daytona Coupe

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Ferrari Daytona Original Becker Stereo

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1957 Ford Thunderbird 

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Late 1960s Corvette Stingray

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1955 or 1956 Chevrolet Corvette.  I thought these were all fuel injected, but perhaps not.

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MV Agusta 350 Motorcycle.  Note the DOHC single cylinder.  Highly unusual and explained the dominance of the marque in motorcycle racing beginning in the late 1950s.

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Winner of the Microcar Class.  This was some sort of Crosley. Paintwork was impeccable which I think was the clincher for this car, as there were others in the microcar class I liked better (as cars).

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Tin Snail, the Citroen 2CV

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Maico 400.  Looks a lot like a DKW to me, Maico was better known as a German maker of motorcycles.  I think this car is an ex-Bruce Weiner microcar museum car.

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Some in the motorcycle class.  This is a very original MV Agusta, the same one previously pictured, in full display.  They were better known for the 2 and 4 cylinder models, but this is a single.  I believe it is a 350cc but may have been a 250.  Following are an Indian Four, a Velocette Clubman, and a 1920s original condition Terrot.  Both of those are French makes and I have to imagine this is the only Terrot of any kind, or at least one of the few in the country.  They have not been built for 55 years.  After that you will see a 1970s Moto Guzzi V7 and I have forgotten what the last bike in this sequence is.  Perhaps blog readers can jog my memory.

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Fiat 600 Jolly.  These are a big deal these days and regularly auction for over 100k.  

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BMW Isetta.  Not too many of these were actually made, but it seems  you see them everyplace.

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Vintage raced Porsche 911.

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Pierce Arrow Hood Ornament.  I think perhaps the greatest car hood ornament, ever.

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This absolutely enormous Pierce Arrow from 1919 was special bodied/ordered by Hollywood actor Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle.  It won best in show and was stunning  in presentation.

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That concludes the tour of Pinehurst 2015.  I have more photos which I will link to in a future blog update.




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