Volkswagen, Porsche and Corvette Headline Chattanooga’s First Motorcar Festival

More than 200 cars entered the star-studded inaugural event

by | Oct 24, 2019 | Shows & Events

Photo Credit: Jim McCraw

Volkswagen, Porsche and Corvette Headline Chattanooga’s First Motorcar Festival

More than 200 cars entered the star-studded inaugural event

by | Oct 24, 2019 | Shows & Events

Photo Credit: Jim McCraw

Sandwiched on the calendar between the first Newport Concours in Rhode Island and the brand new Las Vegas Concours in Nevada, the first major automotive event in Chattanooga had a lot to live up to. And the first-annual Motorcar Festival did not disappoint.

The weekend’s menu included timed runs open to all years and makes of cars along a 1.5-mile riverside road course. There were more than enough events for enthusiasts to enjoy, with a road rally, two full days of Cars & Coffee, three nights of street parties, a display of vintage wooden boats on the Tennessee River and of course, the formal concours d’elegance on Saturday.

Wayne Carini from TV’s Chasing Classic Cars brought his one-of-a-kind Steve Moal track roadster, rife with wonderful details.

Wayne Carini from TV’s Chasing Classic Cars brought his one-of-a-kind Steve Moal track roadster, rife with wonderful details.

The event was created by real estate entrepreneur and vintage sports car racer Byron DeFoor and his brother Ken to benefit the Erlanger Neurosciences Institute, a Chattanooga medical complex specializing in Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. Despite its size, it was put together in just a few months.

The new event was supported by Volkswagen of America’s factory near Chattanooga with an outstanding display of vintage and current VW vehicles. Porsche Cars North America, just down the road in Atlanta, brought a wonderful collection of display vehicles as well, including their big red vintage racing transporter. Their display impressed with a large number of concours entries.

Seen at the huge historic Volkswagen display is the Beetle Wedding Car, which allows everyone to see the bride and groom drive away.

The GM Heritage Center sent a group of  four significant Corvettes, including the Stingray roadster, the Manta Ray coupe, the Reynolds Aluminum rear-engined Corvette prototype and the 2009 “Centennial Corvette.”   The Corvette Museum sent the Z06 ’63 Split window and the 1953 C1. The 1963 Corvette Grand Sport race car was furnished by the Revs Institute. Chevrolet PR arranged for the new C8 to be there. 

Breathtakingly beautiful in silver is the 1959 Stingray roadster that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and became the prototype for the second-generation Corvette.

Breathtakingly beautiful in silver is the 1959 Stingray roadster, the prototype for the second-generation Corvette.

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Outside of the factory displays, there were several other significant race cars on show at Chattanooga. The 1969 Eagle that Dan Gurney drove to finish second in the Indianapolis 500 was present, along with one of Bill Elliott’s NASCAR Thunderbirds, Byron DeFoor’s own Lola Can-Am car and a wonderful Lotus Eleven from George Barber’s collection in Birmingham, Alabama.

A table full of stars -- from left, Brian Redman, Alain de Cadenet, weekend host and emcee Donald Osborne, and Keith Martin of Sports Car Market at the time trials.

A table full of stars — from left, Brian Redman, Alain de Cadenet, weekend host and emcee Donald Osborne, and Keith Martin of Sports Car Market at the time trials.

Several celebrities from racing history, the car hobby and television could be spotted throughout the weekend. British racing legend Brian Redman served as the grand marshal. Racing champion and TV racing analyst David Hobbs was present, as were racer and TV host Alain de Cadenet, NASCAR star Bill Elliot, both Keith Martin and Donald Osborne from TV’s What’s My Car Worth, Barry Meguiar of Car Crazy, Wayne Carini from Chasing Classic Cars, local celebrity collector Corky Coker of Coker Tire, musician and racer Brian Johnson of AC/DC, and the first lady of motorsports, Linda Vaughn.

Add to all of that some 200 classic cars entered in the Saturday concours, and you have yourself a festival.

Peter Boyle, of Oil City, Pennsylvania, won the coveted Timeless Elegance Award with his wonderful 1928 Isottta Fraschini 8A SS roadster.

Peter Boyle, of Oil City, Pennsylvania, won the coveted Timeless Elegance Award with his wonderful 1928 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS roadster.

On Saturday afternoon, the cream rose to the top, as awards were presented. People’s Choice went to the 1961 Porsche 356 Outlaw of Jerry Peters of Braselton, GA. The Timeless Elegance trophy was given to owner Peter Boyle of Pennsylvania for his 1928 Isotta Fraschini 8A SS roadster. And Best of Show went to the big red 1928 Auburn 8-115 shown by Al and Barbara Mason of Virginia. Restored by Mason himself, this beauty also won Best of Class in Prewar American Classic and Best Paint.

Al and Barbara Mason of Virginia won Best of Class, Best Paint and Best Of Show with their 1928 Auburn 8-115 roadster.

Al and Barbara Mason of Virginia won Best of Class, Best Paint and Best Of Show with their 1928 Auburn 8-115 roadster.

A hearty well-done to all concerned for pulling this great weekend together in only a few months. We look forward to seeing what they come up with for next year!

 
Clarification
 
The GM Heritage Center, not the Corvette Museum, sent the group of four significant Corvettes, including the Stingray roadster, the Manta Ray coupe, the Reynolds Aluminum rear-engined Corvette prototype and the 2009 “Centennial Corvette.”   The Corvette Museum sent the Z06 ’63 Split window and the 1953 C1. The 1963 Corvette Grand Sport race car was furnished by the Revs Institute. Chevrolet PR arranged for the new C8 to be there. — Jim McCraw

 

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