Million Dollar Motorcars meet Military Machines at the Concours d'Elegance of Texas
Houston - April 30, 2012Organizers of the Concours d'Elegance of Texas are counting down to one of the state's biggest vintage motoring and luxury lifestyle events, scheduled to run from May 4-6. Visitors can look forward to a spectacular gathering of rare and exotic motorcars, historic military machinery, sports and racecars, antique motorcycles, vintage tractors, and even the odd stagecoach, promising a weekend celebration of classic motoring that offers something for the whole family. The Concours d'Elegance of Texas is on Sunday, May 6, with event partner Worldwide Auctioneers' 11th annual event, The Houston Classic Auction, scheduled for Saturday, May 5, when over 100 fine motorcars are slated to go under the hammer. Staged on the beautiful grounds of award winning resort La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, visitors also get the chance to enjoy the waterpark, extensive spa, lakeside facilities and great restaurants of this world-class resort that are usually reserved for the exclusive use of hotel guests, all whilst experiencing a unique and eclectic gathering of over 200 of the most interesting vehicles on the planet.
"It's not every day that you get to see a FV433 Abbot 105mm Tracked Howitzer military tank and 1968 "Military Mule" parked alongside a very rare 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540k, an awesome 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera Competition Coupe racecar and a 1951 Horex Regina 350 motorcycle," said Lolly Bezy, Executive Director. "You can also join us for the unveiling of Beatle George Harrison's legendary 1965 Aston Martin DB5, recently bought by a mystery collector in Texas that will go on display in the USA for the very first time here at the Concours. We are even offering a chance to be photographed in it. We'll also be delighted to introduce you to the 'King Cobra,' 'Copperhead' and 'Water Moccasin;' an extraordinary trio of hand built tribute Cobra sportscars finished in dazzling bronze, copper and aluminum, another of our great special displays. Bring your family, bring your cameras, and come have an unforgettable weekend helping us raise some serious money for charity."
The Concours d'Elegance of Texas is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Proceeds from the event will benefit its primary charities, Texas Children's Hospital and the Collectors Foundation, as well as helping to raise funds for Faith Comes by Hearing, an organization that produces the Military BibleStick.
The Houston Classic Auction presented by Worldwide Auctioneers has been attracting a global audience for over a decade, with a lineup of consignments that has always offered something for everyone. Over 100 hand-selected motorcars will be auctioned on Saturday, including some spectacular examples from the estate of late Houston car collector and attorney John O'Quinn, among them the "Tom Mix" 1932 Duesenberg Model J LWB Custom Speedster and an 1880 Wells Fargo Style Stagecoach. "There are some very significant automobiles going under the hammer, but you don't have to be a millionaire to go home with one," said Rod Egan, Principal & Chief Auctioneer. "Over half of the cars in the sale are offered completely without reserve, including those from the O'Quinn collection. If you're the highest bidder on the day, the car is yours, regardless of price." Anybody wanting to take home a seriously cool custom Hot Rod need look no further. Gas Monkey Garage, whose forte is creating hand-built custom cars for the rich and famous, have created two very special, one of a kind vehicles especially for the auction, which once again will be sold without reserve to the highest bidder. The action will be filmed live for an upcoming automotive TV show.
The Concours d' Elegance of Texas weekend runs from May 4 -May 6, kicking off with the Texas Tour d'Elegance on Friday, May 4, when Concours participants take to the open road on a 50 mile scenic tour through historic Montgomery and surrounds. The Houston Classic Auction presented by Worldwide Auctioneers starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, and the Concours d'Elegance of Texas is scheduled for Sunday, May 6 at 10 a.m. Admission to the Concours is $25 on Sunday, with children under 12 admitted free of charge. Advance tickets and full details on the weekend's events are available online at www.ConcoursofTexas.org and at www.Worldwide-Auctioneers.com. Executive Director Lolly Bezy can be contacted at 855-262-9900, or by email at lolly@ConcoursofTexas.org. La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa is a four-star; all-suite facility situated just 50 miles north of downtown Houston. Visit www.latorrettalakeresort.com for information on accommodations and resort amenities and to reserve rooms for the weekend. Use booking code WORLDAUC2012 to receive the special event rate.
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