Atlanta Concours gives Elegance enthusiasts out


While attendance figures are not yet finalized, attendees said there were fewer people, partly due to Saturday rainfall and the new venue, after three years at Chateau Elan in Braselton.

Still, car enthusiasts were talking to celebrities and classic cars and were treated with a special car presentation that was previously owned by famous black people.

The show was held on the Perry studio grounds in Fort McPherson parade park, part of the 330-acre complex which Perry bought for his lottery in 2015 – and not far from the sound styles Perry named famous celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Spike Lee.

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For the boyfriend Dean Washington, a 16-year-old student at Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County, the highlight was the Rolls Royce Camargue which was black-black on 1977 and was directed by entertainer Sammy Davis Jr. Previously, some of Black Cars Icon shows Americans.

“Originally Sammy Davis Jr's car,” said Dean when asked what he stood out about the car. “And the pizzazz.”

The teen spent the weekend describing cars to present them. He hopes to get a career in cars, describing them, or designing some day.

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“It never works when you really like it,” he said. “I'm following my dreams in the future.” T

The iconic Southern Cars exhibition, curated by Atlanta Concours board member Aaron Spaulding, was designed to highlight black celebrity cars and bring new patrons to the hobby.

“I am telling a story that has never been told,” said Spaulding. “My background is a car man.

“No one ever made a collection of black icons. I wanted to show a different view. Most people saw their cars, they went through hell in their time. ”

As well as Rolls Royce Davis', the exhibition included vehicles owned by Muhammad Ali, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Lena Horne, B.B. King and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, among other things.

“So many people contributed to America,” said James Brown's daughter Yamma Brown. “You'll see a piece of them here. I enjoyed it very much. ”

The exhibition featured 1941 Lincoln of James Brown. Yamma Brown and her sister Deanna Thomas were identified during a special presentation on the car exhibition with an award presented by singer and actress Vanessa Williams. Williams, a car fan herself, said she was delighted to celebrate the collection and “the beauty of these cars.” T

The others who attended were the studio owner Tyler Perry, rapper and activist T.I. Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and Atlanta Public Schools.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, events sponsor, honored James Collier, Atlanta collector, with the “Incredible. Resolute. Finished. ”Award for Landau Chevrolet Pha 1932. Chevrolet honored Collier for his Chevrolet collection, including four rare 1932 converters Collier, 82, started collecting cars in 1975, with about 30 in his collection, from the converters. Unusual corvettes of the 1960s are fully loaded and from the 1958 Chevy Impala.

Among the prizes presented were the best cars on display for American cars, which went to Stephen Plaster for the 1937 package, and best showcased to European cars, which went to Mark Richy for 1954. Mercedes Benz 300 SL. John Hope Bryant, the non-profit HOPE operation, won the group's Panoz Innovation Award.