We invite you to save the date for the 2013 Houston Classic Weekend and the second annual Concours d'Elegance of Texas - May 3-5, 2013. Make plans to join us for another unforgettable weekend of exceptional motorcars, motorcycles and camaraderie, in the glorious lakeside setting of La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa.
We sincerely appreciate everyone who helped make our inaugural event such a resounding success. Special thanks to the Gullo family of dealerships for their Founding Sponsorship, and to all the sponsors, vehicle entrants, judges, volunteers, and the great team at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa - we wholeheartedly appreciate your skill and enthusiasm. We are proud that the Houston Classic Weekend generated nearly $1 million in charitable donations, spearheaded by the Concours d'Elegance of Texas and Worldwide Auctioneers the Houston Classic Auction.
We look forward to welcoming old friends and new back to La Torretta this spring, for another weekend of world-class cars and Texas hospitality! In the meantime, enjoy a few highlights from the 2012 event.
Chairman of the Board
Concours d'Elegance of Texas
In May 2012, the award winning La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa played host to the biggest and most prestigious classic car weekend in Texas, welcoming thousands of visitors through its gates for The Houston Classic Weekend and the very first Concours d'Elegance of Texas. Visitors were treated to a spectacular gathering of rare and exotic motorcars, historic military machinery, sports and racecars, antique motorcycles, vintage tractors, and even the odd stagecoach, all displayed in a beautiful golf course lakeside setting. The first Texas Tour d'Elegance got the weekend off to a racing start on Friday, May 4th, as Concours participants took to the open road on a 50-mile scenic tour of the local area, stopping for a distinctly Texas style lunch at the unique Thomas Ranch, with a Cocktail reception later that evening. Event partners, Worldwide Auctioneers, presented their 11th annual The Houston Classic Auction on Saturday, May 5th, packing the Versailles Ballroom at La Torretta with bidders and enthusiasts from across the country and further afield, as 120 hand-selected motorcars went under the hammer.
The inaugural Concours d'Elegance of Texas on Sunday, May 6th attracted a stunning array of entrants, with 16 classes recognizing pre- and post-war classics, through American and European sports cars, American Woodies and performance cars, competition cars and pre- and post-war motorcycles. Long-time collector, judge, writer and exhibitor, Roger C. Willbanks, Jr. served as Chief Judge. Special displays on Sunday included Beatle George Harrison's Aston Martin DB5, which made its U.S. debut at the Concours, an awesome trio of hand-built tribute Cobras, and a rarely seen collection of historic military vehicles and antique tractors.
The Houston Classic Weekend 2012 in its totality proudly helped contribute nearly $1million to charitable causes.