Atlanta Concours Moves to Studio Lot and Features Bentley
The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance blazes a new trail in 2019 as it relocates to Tyler Perry Studios in downtown Atlanta—growing its significant weekend of events to include the first annual Caffeine and Octane Invitational and highlighting Bentley as the featured marque in honor of the brand’s 100th anniversary, plus a ‘Reunion of the Thomas’s’ will feature a unique Brass Era collection of vehicles from 1900-1919, including the famous ‘Thomas Flyer,’ which had won the 1908 New York to Paris Race – viewed as history’s first and only around-the-world automobile race.
The 2019 show, set for October 19- 20, 2019, blends the historic atmosphere of a new location with the vibrant community of South Atlanta, all while showcasing vintage and modern-day vehicles from some of the rarest collections to be found nationwide. Enhanced support for the 2019 concours weekend from the Metropolitan Chapters of 100 Black Men bring an additional positive impact to the Atlanta community.
According to Bill Wallet, CEO of The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance, the move is consistent with the show’s masterplan for the Atlanta Concours to evolve into a unique Concours that is customized around the City of Atlanta. “The move to Tyler Perry Studios provides an absolutely unique, history-rich environment that is conveniently located—while placing the entrant vehicles in a setting reflecting the time period during the earliest years of automotive production.”
Wallet noted that as the Tyler Perry Studios location builds upon the heritage aspect of the respected Concours and instills a true ‘personality’ for the show, several traditions will remain including the annual Magnificent Seven Competition, which debuted in 2017 and for 2019 will be the highlight of the first annual Caffeine and Octane Invitational. The Saturday, October 19th invitational event will feature up to 200 cars selected by the producers of the popular NBC Sports Network ‘Caffeine and Octane’ show to be displayed and filmed on the parade field with only seven stand- outs to be chosen and shown again to the public in Sunday’s official Concours as they compete within their own unique ‘Magnificent Seven’ class. The program, the first of its kind, is an innovative way to bridge two distinct sections of the greater car world and helps foster interest across genres and generations.