BREAKING NEWS - Atlanta to Launch Inaugural Concours d’Elegance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Deb Pollack, Media Relations
ATLANTA, Ga, August 16, 2016 

When Harry Krix and Bill Wallet, co-chairmen and co-founders of the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance decided their inaugural event, October 8 and 9 at the globally recognized Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, would join the ranks of the premier east and west coast concours circuit, they also decided to open the doors to a program that felt like it already had five years under its belt, rather than being perceived as an introductory run. 

With an anticipated 170 vehicle entrants, 35 paid sponsors and 12 luxury manufacturers (offering to provide ride-and-drive opportunities to attendees), they were confident enough to name automotive authority and television commentator Keith Martin as Honorary Head Judge, bringing immediate national recognition to the regional event.

According to Martin, the magnitude of rare multi-million dollar collector and vintage classic automobiles set to be on hand for this first-time gathering, is a rarity in itself.  “But it isn’t just the significant amount of prior award-winning entrant vehicles that will be displayed that make this show so relevant,” said Martin. “This is a Concours that the general public will find fascinating, educational, and a whole lot of fun – from rare ‘Barn Finds,’ and non-judged highly-regarded car collections to an entire restoration corner, as well as food from six of the best local restaurants – it’s a weekend of firsts that have yet to hit the Atlanta scene.”

Krix noted Martin’s involvement provides a distinguished and credible leadership presence among the already outstanding judging panel, and additionally offers participants and attendees the chance to partake in roving interviews as well as fun educational sessions during various “what’s my car worth” -style on-site evaluations – a popular means for the audience to better understand condition, collectability and general market value.
While about 80 percent of the entrant vehicles have won awards in prior shows, the addition of cars from significant personal collections in the Southeast may be a stronger point of differentiation in creating a truly memorable weekend.  Substantial sightings are expected to include:

•    Five exceptional vehicles from the Harold Coker collection in Nashville, Tennessee with three original Thomas Flyer multi-cylinder vehicles from the early 1900s, including a 1912 roadster

•    Among numerous Barn Finds, a  pre-war seven-passenger 1932 Packard Phaeton — one of the last to exist

•    Several vintage customized cars from the Elliott Museum in Jensen Beach, Florida, including a  1914 Packard touring car and a 1920 Hudson,  each owned by  Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso (one of the most famous opera tenors in history)
In addition to the two days of vehicle showcases, technical sessions, sponsor displays and a wide variety of vendors, as well as elegant vehicles in numerous classes from the Brass Era to imported early 20th century sports cars, the weekend will benefit the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association with a dinner gala on Saturday evening, honoring pharmaceutical, technology and auto racing entrepreneur Don Panoz. The Honoree Gala will be held at Chateau Elan, 100 Rue Charlemagne, Braselton, Georgia , and will include an Exotic Car ‘Reverse Drawing’, featuring a custom Panoz GT Sports Car valued at more than $230,000.  Tickets for the Honoree Gala and the raffle are currently on sale and can be purchased via atlantaconcoursgala.org.

ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. It is the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research. The Association’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit alz.org/Georgia or call 800-272-3900. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT THE ATLANTA CONCOURS
Founded by Co-Chariman Harry Krix, formerly with the famed Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and Co-Chairman and COO Bill Wallet, the Atlanta Concours d’Elegance is the first premier automotive event to grace the metropolitan Atlanta region and will include nearly 200 vintage and collectible entrant vehicles, as well as approximately 400 club and privateer automobiles on display.

Krix and Wallet are lifelong friends and business associates who joined together nearly five years ago to realize their dream of producing a major classic automobile show for the Atlanta community.

Throughout the weekend Chateau Elan’s winery will be open for tours and the spa to welcome guests for indulgent treatments. For more information see www.atlantaconcours.org .

 HARRY KRIX


Chairman and founder of The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance,  Harry comes from a family of motorsports enthusiasts, bot

BILL WALLET

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Co-Chairman, Chief Operating Officer, and founder of The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, Bill has been a car enthusiast his entire life owning and enjoying old classic cars and more modern Porshes, Mercedes, BMW’s and Jaguars.  His corporate career included  executive positions at major high tech corporations.  He has been a serial entrepreneur for the last 25 years.  Bill brings this experience and expertise to the management of the business side of The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance.

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The "Politics" of Classic Car Ownership

If you were to survey our fellow staffers, associates, friends and family, you would discover a variety of opinions regarding their political stance. Yet, despite all of the related hoopla we are exposed to on a daily basis, we hope you are pleased we never allow politics to somehow sneak into our posts. We figure it this way; the nightly news doesn't cover Classic cars and we don't cover politics - PERIOD, plain and simple...well, maybe just a little.
Sticking to policy was going great until a rather lively debate "spilled" over whilst enjoying our morning coffee. Don't be aghast as we were all laughing about it a few moments later. 

But there were two "political" points, once said by the current Presidential nominees, which opened another discussion regarding Classic car ownership and vehicle documentation.

It developed into what we think will be an interesting article providing our readers can accept use of the "quotes" as "tongue in cheek" humor. (*def. - tongue-in-cheek - a figure of speech used to imply that a statement is humorously or otherwise not seriously intended, and it should not be taken at face value.)

PRESENTING:
THE GREAT VEHICLE
DOCUMENTATION DEBATE

"WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?"

vs.

"WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?"

First, please notice neither "opinion" is "left' nor "right". They are squarely in the center and remain neutral for each reader to decide on their own. We did however find some irony in how our "coffee cup debate" unfolded.

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
Establishment Point - It Doesn't Make Any Difference For Most Cars
High end collectors and "expert" appraisers will tell you documentation is only truly useful within the top tier of the Classic car market, used to support provenance, quality, condition, rarity and price. They will tell you failure to have such information will affect desirability, interest and ultimately lower the value, but only for a select group of cars.
They are also likely to tell you that historically speaking, that is the way it has always been and will always be. Further they may also advise there is no proof such records would support greater desirability, more interest or higher prices when applied across the general market.

Counterpoint - You Can't Have It Both Ways 
The above point may have been true when "Collector" cars were for the most part vehicles built between the early 1900's through "Pre-War", Ferrari's were worth only $4,500, the average "Classic" was worth a few hundred dollars and the Collector market immature, but the market has changed significantly.

Classic Ferrari's now sell for tens of millions of dollars, the "garden variety" Classic costs over $25,000 and according to the most recent available information, the largest number of Classics are worth between $35,000 and $70,000. Yet the "market" continues to define a very small group of vehicles as "Classics", leaving the remaining vehicles to be considered little more than "old cars".
The counter point is if documentation improves value within the above noted group of vehicles, shouldn't the use and benefits of documentation be extended to every owner or buyer of every type of Classic regardless of price, rarity or exclusivity?
There appears to be no valid reason for the majority of owners to subjugate interest, desirability or valuation of their Classic or disassociate the documented quality and condition other than a belief in an autocratic market "mindset". 

Therefore simply refusing to acknowledge documentation as important or for general use is illogical.
Using modern cars as a valid parallel point, when that market changed, with prices and sales volume moving higher, practices to differentiate one car from another became Standard Operating Procedure. To address these dynamic changes, the pre-owned market developed and now heavily depends upon vehicle history reports and certified vehicles to set interest, desirability and value regardless of age or price. 

Yet for some unexplainable reason, a reliance on a similar process has eluded the majority of the Collector car market.

In conclusion, while variations will undoubtedly occur across the market, the argument that the use of a well formed vehicle dossier supported by documentation to validate condition, quality and price of a Classic is only valid when associated with certain cars is absurd. 

Therefore, if the majority of current owners begins to document their Classic and buyers become more dependent on the same, we'd all be better off.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOSE?
Establishment Point - Documenting a "Garden Variety" Classic is Expensive and Unnecessary.
Available details reflect due to the preferences of the market in general, documenting the average Classic is a fruitless endeavor, a waste of time and will not impact desirability, interest or price. Experts will advise when it comes to the average Classic, no one pays attention to these details anyway, so why bother?
Counterpoint -  The Cost is Negligible and Can Provide Significant Benefit
The first thing one should ask is exactly what is a "garden variety" Classic. Is that a $10,000 car, a $25,000 car or a $100,000 car? Does the term refer to a Classic that has had only the things you can see updated or does it include virtually all Classics?
The point is it doesn't matter. Every Classic can be documented to a point. In some cases that could mean the owner has every shred of information dating back to when the car was built or it could mean a detailed record of when the car was pulled from a scrap yard, with exacting details of the restoration and all improvements since that time. But, in either case, when documentation can be called upon to validate quality, condition and more, nothing is being hidden.

It's ironic that if an average person was about to spend somewhere between $25,000 and $75,000 on a pre-owned car, it is very unlikely they would not want to have access to a recorded vehicle history. 

If that is factually accurate, then why should a Classic be any different. It's time to bring quality and condition into the picture. An owner should be able to substantiate their Classic with documentation, use it to set value and any future buyer should be able to access these details to assess and differentiate one Classic against another.

A Change Is In The Air
While only a handful of owners and auctions are attempting to change the "market mindset", they have recognized the importance of documentation to support interest, desirability and price. As examples, both the Keno Brother's Fine Automobile Auction and  The Finest Vehicle Auction have integrated detailed vehicle documentation to deliver accurate representation and diffuse any logical concern any future owner may have.

The main point here is "the change is working". While currently limited to the high end of the market, it's time for a market-wide "revolution" to recognize and use documentation to declare a vehicle's quality and condition. It's the future of the Collector car market.
IF YOUR "VOTE" IS TO DOCUMENT YOUR OWN CLASSIC
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Classic Ice Cream Trucks

WITH ONLY 30 DAYS of SUMMER LEFT DON'T WASTE A MINUTE

WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM
Many of our Blog visitors will recall a Summertime when dusk brought out the ice cream truck, a welcomed sight after a long day of playing outdoors. It was a neighborhood event bringing kids and parents out of the house to enjoy a frosty treat. We were called by the sound of bells and jingles each remembers by heart.



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(Shane McGill of Muscatine with his 1957 ice cream truck, more info; right image via)

(1954 "Good Humor" ice cream truck, image credit: Jack Snell)
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(left photo courtesy of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, right photo via)

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Of course there were also evening trips to the local roadside ice cream shop. Read about them here.

Above photos and links courtesy of "Dark Roasted Blend" website