There wasn’t a cooler place to be in the Southwest than in Houston, TX on the air-conditioned field of Reliant Stadium on June 11-12, 2011. More than 125 of the world’s finest automobiles were on display at the eighth annual Classy Chassis Concours d’Elegance. Vintage hot rods of distinction and significant post-war sports cars were this year’s special features with numerous examples on display. In addition to rare vintage cars, the show also featured some of today’s finest super cars, hot rods, muscle and pony cars and all out racing machines.
Marking its first year as a two-day event, event founders and chairs, Clay and Lolly Becker and their team, celebrated the milestone with a private reception for exhibitors and sponsors on the field of the Stadium on Saturday night. Guests got a private viewing of the amazing field of cars with great music and spirits abound.
The crowd was roaring at Reliant Stadium for the many winners including Stephen Plaster who took home a number of awards including 1st place in American Pre-War with his 1935 Pierce Arrow 1245 Rumbleseat Convertible Coupe. Clay Becker Chairman’s Award went to Bruce Meyer’s amazing 1932 Ford “Doane Spencer” Roadster. On display was a world-class array of competition automobiles including a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Cunningham Coupe, courtesy of Don Williams of The Blackhawk Collection.
Paul Emple took 1st place in the European Pre-War class with his stunning 1930 Minerva AL Van Den Plas 3-Position Cabriolet. Jeffrey Moore took home the Lolly Becker Chairman’s Award with his vibrant yellow 1951 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Spider. A rarely seen 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss owned by RQ Collections walked away with 1st place in the Super Cars class.
The Petersen Automotive Museum took the coveted “Best in Show” award exhibiting an amazing 1937 Delage D8-120 Letourner et Marchand Aerosport.
Thousands of people attended the event enjoying the spectacular cars, swapping stories with the owners and listening to great live music throughout the weekend. Sports aficionado and emcee, Kenny Hand, conducted interviews with car owners while they revved their engines during the show. Attendees also bought raffle tickets for their chance to win many great prizes including a 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350.
Lead Sponsors of the show included: Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land, Passport Transport and Reliant Park.
At the end of the weekend, the cars were still buffed and polished, and Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Houston/Galveston benefited from the event.
Get ready…they’re already getting warmed up for next year. So mark your calendars now for Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, 2012. For information, check out www.classychassis.org.