There’s a free, Family event awaiting Fort Bragg Soldiers and their Families. The Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance’s Iron Mike Rally returns to the installation, May 5, at the Main Polo Field. The classic vehicle/motorcycle show is an annual event that invites enthusiasts to behold some of the world’s rarest automobiles.
In past years, the rally has featured vintage vehicles like the Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz 300 SL coupes and roadsters, and Ferrari.
“They (manufacturers) don’t make hood ornaments like they did in the early 30s, 40s, 50s. Some of these vehicles are over $1 million,” said Dave Droschak, Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance communications director. “We will arrive and spend several hours on base with the cars, and the troops are able to come out for free and look at the cars.”
He said 40 to 50 drivers will caravan from Carolina Vista Drive (grounds of Pinehurst Resort) around 9:45 a.m. and arrive at Fort Bragg between 10:45 to 11 a.m. The show will last until 2 p.m.
The show is a fun, relaxing experience — it allows Soldiers time with unique vehicles that were only affordable to wealthy folks back in the early days, said Droschak.
Droschak said he hopes Soldiers attend day two of the show, May 6, at Pinehurst Resort, where more than 250 vehicles will be on display.
General admission tickets to that show will be $50. They are available for $40 until April 16. Those tickets include admission to the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance show field, awards ceremony and a 4 p.m. concert by Sara Evans, country music singer. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult.
A $125 Putter Boy Pavilion ticket includes: access to the Putter Boy Pavilion, a premium hospitality space located on the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance show field; early admission to the show field at 8 a.m.; a general admission parking pass per order (valid only on May 6); premium seating for the Sara Evans concert; coffee and breakfast pastries; lunch, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages; and two drink tickets redeemable for beer or wine.
While the Fort Bragg event is free, the car show at Pinehurst will offer a discounted price of $25 each to active-duty military and their Families (up to four tickets per military ID) on the day of the event.
According to Droschak, Soldiers who are interested in entering vehicles to be judged by a selection committee may visit the concours’ website. The Fairway Club category may appeal to Soldiers if their vehicle does not meet the criteria to be deemed concours’-ready, he explained. Judges typically look at authenticity, rarity and the condition of the vehicle.
There are various classes for entry, including race cars, American sports/muscle cars pre-1975, modern super cars, American classics pre-war and post-war, European Classics pre-war and post-war, Japanese classics, and Chevrolet Corvette 1953 to 1972, as well as other classes for entry. For a comprehensive list, visit the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance at www.pinehurstconcours.com/2017-class-list.
The Concours d’Elegance, according to its website, is derived from a French term meaning “competition of elegance.” In today’s terms, it implies competition among owners based on the appearance, history, significance and condition of their automobiles and motorcycles.
For more information about the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, call 973-6594 or visit www.pinehurstconcours.com.