Skip to main content

Inaugural Concours d'Elegance of Texas deemed a massive success
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Company press release.

Inaugural Concours d'Elegance of Texas deemed a massive success  Houston, Texas. May 15, 2012. Last weekend, the award winning La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery played host to the biggest and most prestigious classic car weekend in Texas, welcoming thousands of visitors through its gates for the inaugural Concours d'Elegance of Texas, a highlight of The Houston Classic Weekend. Concours organizers had promised a spectacular gathering of world class cars at a world class venue, and they definitely delivered, assembling a superb selection of rare and exotic motorcars, historic military machinery, sports and racecars, antique motorcycles, vintage tractors, and even the odd stagecoach, all displayed in a beautiful golf course lakeside setting. The first Texas Tour d'Elegance got the weekend off to a racing start on Friday May 4th, as Concours participants took to the open road on a 50-mile scenic tour of the local area, stopping for a distinctly Texas style lunch at the unique Thomas Ranch, with a Cocktail reception later that evening. Event partners, Worldwide Auctioneers, presented their 11th annual The Houston Classic Auction on Saturday, May 5th, packing the Versailles Ballroom at La Torretta with bidders and enthusiasts from across the country and further afield. 120 hand-selected motorcars went under the hammer, with 85% finding new homes over the course of an action-packed, six-hour sale.

The inaugural Concours d'Elegance of Texas on Sunday, May 6th attracted a stunning array of entrants, with sixteen classes recognizing pre- and post-war classics, through American and European sports cars, American Woodies and performance cars, competition cars and pre- and post-war motorcycles. Long-time collector, judge, writer and exhibitor, Roger C. Willbanks Jr. served as Chief Judge. A spectacular 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540K Cabriolet A, owned by John Groendyke of Enid, Oklahoma, took Best in Show in the pre-war category, with a 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera Competition Coupe owned by Jeff Moore of Houston, Texas, taking the post-war Best of Show award. J.B. Saunders' beautiful 1937 Ford Darrin Convertible Cabriolet appropriately won the People's Choice Award in an event that honored custom-bodied classics. Special displays on Sunday included Beatle George Harrison's Aston Martin DB5, which made its U.S. debut at the Concours, an awesome trio of hand-built tribute Cobras, and a rarely seen collection of historic military vehicles and antique tractors.

'We were stunned and excited by the quality of entries and we sincerely thank all those who made the time and effort to participate,' said Executive Director, Lolly Bezy. 'We also extend a big thank you to the Gullo Family Dealerships and all our sponsors, to our volunteers, to the local community, and the team here at La Torretta who embraced this event right from the start and whose commitment to its success has been overwhelming. We set out to build the foundation for one of the finest Concours in the country and we could not be happier with the success of our first year.'

The 2012 Houston Classic Weekend has in its totality helped contribute nearly $1million to charitable causes. The Concours d'Elegance of Texas is itself a 501(c)(3), with Texas Children's Hospital and the Collectors Foundation as its official charities. Proceeds from the sale of the Paul J. Meyer Estate Collection of cars and memorabilia, auctioned by Worldwide during The Houston Classic Auction, are being donated by the Meyer family to the Paul and Jane Meyer Family Foundation, supporting more than 30 charities and organizations in the United States and throughout the world. George Harrison's famous Aston Martin DB5 was on display at the Concours d'Elegance of Texas to help raise funds for its anonymous owner's chosen charity, Faith Comes by Hearing, an organization that produces the Military Biblestick.

Inaugural Concours d'Elegance of Texas deemed a massive success  

A full list of the 2012 Concours d'Elegance of Texas awards winners is available online at www.concoursoftexas.org, along with a gallery of images from the event.

The 2013 Concours d'Elegance of Texas is scheduled for Sunday, May 5th, with Worldwide Auctioneers 12th annual The Houston Classic Auction on Saturday, May 4th. Interested parties are invited to stay up to date with Concours news and updates by visiting www.concoursoftxas.org and by liking concoursoftexas on Facebook.

   Recent Articles
BONHAMS SEE SALE SUCCESS AT CHANTILLY AS TIMELESS GERMAN CLASSICS GO UNDER THE HAMMER

The best of German automotive engineering headlined Bonhams Chantilly sale, with the Ex-1935 Berlin Motor Show Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster realising €5,290,000, while a trio of Horch greats sold for a collective €2.3 million.

In 1935 the 500K took pride of place on the Mercedes-Benz stand at the Berlin Motor Show, where it was promptly bought by Hans Friedrech Prym (1875-1965). Hans came from the industrial Prym dynasty, a family who for twelve generations had produced haberdashery, c....
MORE THAN 50 DEBUTS CONFIRMED FOR 2016 LA AUTO SHOW'S AUTOMOBILITY LA™ NOV. 14-17

• 20 Global Vehicle Debuts by Leading Automakers and Startups Include 3D-Printed Supercar and Self-Driving Electric Microbus


LOS ANGELES, Sept. 8, 2016 -- The LA Auto Show® announced today that it expects more than 50 vehicles to be unveiled in front of media, analysts and industry executives during its trade show, AutoMobility LATM, taking place November 14-17, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

While nearly every automaker is slated to unveil products and/or make s....
Auctions America Continues Strong Labor Day Tradition with $21.55 Million in Sales and Record Crowds at Auburn Fall

• A family affair: Record crowds of more than 85,000 enthusiasts flock to Auctions America's Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend, August 31 – September 4
• Multi-day auction generates $21.55 million in sales, highlighted by diverse pair of Model J Duesenbergs
• Wendell the Mechanical Elephant and custom Auburn Fall Championship belt raise more than $90,000 for charity
• Complete Auburn Fall results available at www.auctionsamerica.com
AUBURN, Indiana (September 6, 2016) – Auction....
ALL-NEW ATLANTA CONCOURS HOSTS DELTAWING RACER KATHERINE LEGGE AT ‘CAFFEINE & OCTANE'

• Access to Autographs, Race Cars and Discounted Concours Tickets at September 4th Morning Event


ATLANTA, Ga., September 1, 2016 – As the first woman to lead an American Le Mans Series race, and one of only two drivers to pilot both the roadster and the coupe version of the revolutionary DeltaWing prototype race car, Katherine Legge races in a league of her own. And on Sunday morning, September 4th, from 8 to 10 a.m., at the nationally recognized Caffeine & Octane car show at P....
68 STUNNING CARS FOR THE SALON PRIVÉ SALE

68 cars for auction at Silverstone Auctions' Salon Privé Sale
◾Significant number of very low mileage, highly collectible classic cars
◾The auction takes place at Blenheim Palace on Saturday 3rd September

An incredible collection of 68 cars will go under the hammer on Saturday 3rd September in Silverstone Auctions' sale at Salon Privé.

The fabulous selection features some fantastically low mileage classics, delivery miles modern hypercars, highly original and rare homologation specials, ....
ATLANTA TO HOLD FIRST-EVER METROPOLITAN AREA CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE

• Velocity Channel 'What's My Car Worth' co-host, Keith Martin, named honorary head judge

• Twelve luxury Ride-and-Drive Experiences will be available to attendees


ATLANTA - AUGUST 25, 2016
- For the first time, a Concours competition and celebration of some of the world's most beautiful automobiles will be held in a major metropolitan area that boasts more than 7 million in population. The Atlanta Concours d'Elegance, scheduled for October 8-9, 2016 at Château Élan Win....
The Pebble Beach Auctions Presented By Gooding & Company Generates Over $129 Million – Sets New Two-Day Sale Record For The Auction House

Four cars sell above $10 million, 26 cars above $1 million
New auction records for Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Porsche, Packard, and Maserati
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (August 22, 2016) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, realized more than $129.8 million at the annual Pebble Beach Auctions this weekend, resulting in a two-day sales company record. During the two-day auction event, the company sold 115 of 138 lots, an 83%....
Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach Auctions Achieves Highest One-Day Sale With More Than $76 Million

The Auction House Celebrates Highest Single-Day Sale and Most Expensive Lot in Company History - 13 Cars Sold Above the $1 Million Mark
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 21, 2016) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, realized more than $76.7 million during the first of its two-evening Pebble Beach auction event. The auction house acclaimed for its world-class consignments and record-breaking prices delivered an 88% sales rate as 70 ....

   Related Vehicles
1966 Porsche 906
1966 Porsche 906  1966 Porsche 906  1966 Porsche 906  1966 Porsche 906  1966 Porsche 906  
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K
1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K  1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K  
2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4²
2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4²  2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4²  2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4²  2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4²  2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4²  
2016 Aston Martin DB11
2016 Aston Martin DB11  2016 Aston Martin DB11  2016 Aston Martin DB11  2016 Aston Martin DB11  2016 Aston Martin DB11  
2016 Aston Martin Lagonda
2016 Aston Martin Lagonda  2016 Aston Martin Lagonda  2016 Aston Martin Lagonda  2016 Aston Martin Lagonda  2016 Aston Martin Lagonda  
2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante
2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante  2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante  2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante  2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante  2016 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante  
2016 Audi R8 e-tron
2016 Audi R8 e-tron  2016 Audi R8 e-tron  2016 Audi R8 e-tron  2016 Audi R8 e-tron  2016 Audi R8 e-tron  
2016 Audi R8 Spyder
2016 Audi R8 Spyder  2016 Audi R8 Spyder  2016 Audi R8 Spyder  2016 Audi R8 Spyder  2016 Audi R8 Spyder  
2016 Audi R8 V10
2016 Audi R8 V10  2016 Audi R8 V10  2016 Audi R8 V10  2016 Audi R8 V10  2016 Audi R8 V10  
2016 Audi R8 V10 plus
2016 Audi R8 V10 plus  2016 Audi R8 V10 plus  2016 Audi R8 V10 plus  2016 Audi R8 V10 plus  2016 Audi R8 V10 plus  
2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept
2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept  2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept  2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept  2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept  2016 BMW 2002 Hommage Pebble Beach Concept  
2016 Cadillac Escala Concept
2016 Cadillac Escala Concept  2016 Cadillac Escala Concept  2016 Cadillac Escala Concept  2016 Cadillac Escala Concept  2016 Cadillac Escala Concept