Scenic mountain drives make memories for a lifetime at this annual event

Stunning cars, scenic drives and splendid shows return to The Greenbrier in May.

The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance will be held May 3-5, where car enthusiasts from around the country will gather for a weekend filled with memorable moments.

The three-day event includes driving events, an international car show, charitable dinner, Concours d’Elegance, and more.

Driving Tours

On Friday, May 3, two driving tours will be available for car owners, who can test their their ability to navigate tight turns and explore the scenic beauty of Almost Heaven.

The Kate’s Mountain Driving Tour begins at 7:30 a.m. at Kate’s Mountain Lodge with a breakfast buffet. Drivers will then travel through the beautiful Potomac Highlands to Cass, home of the Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. After exploring the state park, drivers will return to The Greenbrier for a total roundtrip time of four hours. To register for this tour, visit the website.

The Summit Drive begins with drivers meeting at Kate’s Mountain Lodge between 11 a.m. and noon. Then, drivers will leave for The Summit, which is an exclusive lodge reserved for members of The Greenbrier Sporting Club, where they will enjoy lunch. Afterward, participants will head toward Paint Bank, Virginia, where they can explore the town before making the three-hour drive back. To sign up for this tour, register at the website.

Welcome Reception

A casual reception will be held at Kate’s Mountain Lodge from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3. It will give car owners and enthusiasts an opportunity to mingle with an open bard heavy hors d’oeuvres. Purchase tickets for the reception here.

International Car Show

On Saturday, May 4, car owners from across the country will showcase their vintage cars and motorcycles at the International Car Show. These vehicles will be displayed on golf courses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Unique cars throughout the decades will be on display, including a 1971 De Tomaso Pantera, a 1965 Shelby Cobra, a 1933 Buick Victoria 58, a 1969 Porsche 911E, a 1955 MG TF1500, the “Austin Powers Shaguar” and a 1978 Alfa Romeo Spider. For more information on participation, register at the website.

Charitable Dinner

On Saturday evening, a Charitable Dinner will raise money for the Mountaineer Autism Project and the AACA Library and Research Center.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring signature Greenbrier drinks and the Kentucky Derby on big screen TVs. A buffet dinner will be provided, and entertainment will be available in the grand Colonial Hall ballroom until 9 p.m. Tickets are available at the website.

Concours d’Elegance

The final day, Sunday, May 5, will feature the main event: Concours d’Elegance. Nearly 100 top-quality collector cars will be set up in the front circle of The Greenbrier, as well as inside the bunker and judged by a team of automobile experts. For more information and to register, visit the website. The cars will be evaluated in 11 categories:

  1. Brass Era Cars
  2. Classic Cars
  3. Pre-War Production Cars
  4. Post-War Production Cars
  5. Foreign Sports Cars 
  6. Exotic Sports Cars
  7. American Sports Cars
  8.  Preservation Cars
  9.  Race Cars
  10.  Muscle Cars
  11. Bentley and Rolls-Royce

This annual event is a must-see for all car enthusiasts around the world. Whether you want to see some rare cars or learn more from experts, the Concours d’Elegance is sure to be a memorable experience.

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This post was last updated on August 3, 2020