Release Date:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013
Contact Person:
Dave Droschak, Droschak Communications (919) 630-6656

VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (Nov. 22, 2013) – With the Payne Stewart Statue as a fitting backdrop and Pinehurst Resort caddies flanking entrants and their vintage cars, the “First Foursome” accepted invitations to the 2014 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance on Friday.

The 2014 Pinehurst Concours, to include 119 vintage autos judged in 12 classes, is scheduled May 2-4. The competition kicks off a celebrated six-week period at one of the world’s top golf resorts, which will host the 2014 U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Championships in consecutive weeks in mid June.

“The Pinehurst Concours is extremely proud of its connection with Pinehurst Resort and the Southern hospitality associated with such a world-renowned location,” said Pinehurst Concours executive director Jay Howard. “We incorporated a Pinehurst tradition – caddies – at our award ceremonies during the inaugural competition in 2013 and are one of the little ‘touches’ that helps make the Pinehurst Concours unique and memorable for entrants, judges and fans.”

The “First Foursome” entrants included Rob VanDewoestine of Durham, N.C., (1960 Plymouth Fury Golden Commando 395 Convertible); Tim Lingerfelt of Davidson, N.C., (1976 Porsche Turbo Carrera); Roberta Holden of Southern Pines (1905 Buick Model C Touring) and Debbie Rogers of Indian Trail, N.C., (1968 Shelby Mustang KR500).

U.S. Open Championship flags were presented to the Pinehurst Concours “First Foursome” – two males and two females.

“I’ve always believed certain automobiles are not only art but time capsules that remind us of the history of our country and of our younger lives,” Rogers said. “With the rich history that is celebrated at Pinehurst I am proud and honored to be a part of this great Pinehurst Concours.”

“My wife and I had the opportunity to exhibit an antique auto at the inaugural Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance in 2013 and had a great time,” added VanDewoestine. “Pinehurst is an excellent venue and the logistics for both the car exhibitors and spectators were extremely well run and very convenient. We are looking forward to attending again in 2014. Auto enthusiasts should not miss this classic event.”

Tickets to the 2014 competition, which will feature classic automobiles on the pristine fairways of Pinehurst Resort, can be purchased online at www.pinehurstconcours.com or by calling 910–973-6594. In addition, Pinehurst Concours tickets are available in the Pinehurst Resort Main Pro Shop, Carolina Hotel Newstand and Village Putter Boy Shop.

The Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is an economic development organization and non-profit authority of Moore County, North Carolina. The CVB mission is to promote the area as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions and tours. The CVB is funded primarily by a three percent hotel / motel room occupancy tax paid by visitors to Moore County.

In the pursuit of Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games glory, the top eventing combinations in North America will head to the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, N.C. March 20-23, 2014 for the Carolina International CIC and Horse Trial. In its inaugural year, the world class competition hosts both international and national level competition at the CIC1*-3* and Preliminary-Advanced levels.

With more than 250 acres of pristine footing and North Carolina’s best soil the Carolina International will provide a supreme opportunity for North America’s best horse and rider combinations to test their skill over world-renown course designer Hugh Lochore’s thoughtful tracks. In addition to hosting elite competition, the weekend will provide a family friendly environment to be enjoyed by all.

“In our pursuit of Team and Individual medals next year in Normandy, France, it is vital that we have top events in our country to test our skills in elite competition without having to travel overseas. As a resident of the Sandhills of North Carolina, I relish the opportunity to ride in front of a hometown audience; knowing that family, friends, and fans are behind you only inspires you to up your game,” said Pan American Games Gold medalist and FEI World Equestrian Games veteran Will Faudree. “I am very excited for The Carolina International. It will be one of the most important competitions the U.S. hosts next year.”

To learn more about the Carolina International CIC and Horse Trial visit www.carolinahorsepark.com/carolina-international-cic or contact CICinfo@carolinahorsepark.com.