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Trump Charlotte Concours d’Elegance 2018

Let me start off with saying the folks who put on and sponsor the Trump Charlotte Choncours d’Elegance of 2018 really had their hands full but did an excellent job of putting the show on. The big show was scheduled for Saturday Noveember 10th in Mooresville NC on the shores of Lake Norman. It is a great location with beautiful facilities. Unfortunately, they had heavy rain the days and night before. We were to set up at 6:00 AM on the 18th green with non-judged cars at other locations on the golf course. You can imagine heavy rain and big heavy cars don’t mix well with golf courses, especially the greens! On show day it started out very cold but soon began to warm as the sun came out and the day turned out beautiful.

Not only were there ruts in the fairways from early trailer parking but the wet greens were as slick as ice. The organizers immediately parked all cars by class in temporary parking lots and began to develop strategies for alternative show fields. This was a formula for disaster but within two hours all the cars were located on new beautiful higher ground show sites. Cars were parked a little closer than planned but that is the only complaint.

The judges began their judging on time and did not judge the underside of cars since many, like ours, had to drive in over less than desirable wet soggy ground.

The quality of the cars in the various classes was outstanding with many vehicles I had never even known about and others I had only seen in photos. It was a real thrill and for the most part every volunteer and every participant was friendly and understanding of the difficult show conditions.

Below are some of our favorite cars from the show. In addition there were a number of show fields with non-judged yet outstanding cars that we just never had time to go see due to time constraints of car cleaning and judging.


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I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at

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  1. I own. 1974 Jensen Intercepter Drophead. It is of very high quality. To my credit I have amongcars I did the body and Paint Pebble Beach First place in 1995 a Best in Class In the 1948 through 1962 open wheel race car class a 1959 A J Watson number 16 Simonides Specially Indy Car. I would like to bring the car to next years event. I would be glad to send photographs please inform ma as to the correct procedure for applying thank you. Joseph Schiavone

  2. Your best bet is to contact the Trump Charlotte Golf Club or look up the Concours directly on Facebook. Their web site is down at this time but it was up prior to this year’s show. I am not sure what is going on right now.

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