VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, N.C. (March 31, 2017) – Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Deputy Chief of Staff, United States Army, as well as NBC-TV Formula One commentators Steve Matchett and David Hobbs, will be the featured speakers at the Concours Dinner, part of the 5th anniversary celebration of the 2017 Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance.
Those attending the May 5 event at the Village of Pinehurst’s historic Fair Barn will enjoy a farm-to-table dinner prepared by award-winning local chef Mark Elliott while listening to world-renowned automotive enthusiasts, experts and special guests.
In addition to Lt. Gen. Anderson being on hand, Matchett and Hobbs will conduct a roundtable discussion on automobiles and racing history to be hosted by Pinehurst Concours Chief Judge Nigel Matthews.
“What an honor to have these gentlemen participating in our 5th anniversary event,” said Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard. “Lt. Gen. Anderson, reflecting on his time as Commanding General at Ft Bragg’s 18th Corps, will do a great job explaining the mission of our partners at USO of North Carolina. And Steve and David are just wonderful story tellers that will certainly entertain the crowd as well as provide expert opinions.”
The USO of North Carolina has been the main charity of the Pinehurst Concours each of the last three years. In addition, there is a unique military tie to the event through the Iron Mike Rally, a 70-mile roundtrip caravan of rare cars that make their way from Village of Pinehurst to Fort Bragg. Once on the Army base, car owners can spend time with the troops and their families, who in turn get to see some of the world’s rarest cars up close.
Lt. Gen. Anderson’s operational deployments and combat tours include Operation Just Cause, Task Force Hawk-Albania, Task Force Falcon-Kosovo, Operation Joint Guardian, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
“I’ve seen firsthand the positive and even life-saving impact that the USO of North Carolina’s resiliency, transition and support programs have on North Carolina’s service members and their families, especially those at Fort Bragg,” said Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 United States Army. “I’m honored to stand alongside the USO of NC and I’m excited that the Pinehurst Concours is supporting their mission for the third consecutive year.”
Meanwhile, Hobbs is a former British race car driver, who in 1969 was included into the International Automotive Federation list of graded drivers, an elite group of 27 drivers who by their achievements were rated the best in the world.
Since 2007, Matchett has hosted an annual series of technical features for SPEED Channel called RPM – Racing Per Matchett in which he interviews key members of the Renault F1, Red Bull Racing and McLaren F1 teams, explaining to viewers different features of modern race car design and ultra-exotic technology.
Hobbs and Matchett will also be judging the event’s race car class, one of 14 classes, on May 6.
“Steve and I are very much looking forward to being a part of this event. We have heard so many great things about Pinehurst and can’t wait to help celebrate the 5th anniversary,” Hobbs said.
For the first time, a limited number of tickets to the Friday, May 5 event at the historic Village of Pinehurst Fair Barn will be available to the general public at $175 each and go on sale Friday at www.pinehurstconcours.com.
General admission tickets to the Saturday, May 6 Pinehurst Concours are available for $40 each. That introductory ticket pricing will increase to $50 each on Monday, April 17.
Sara Evans, whose distinctive voice and edgy contemporary sensibility have helped sell more than six million records and produce five No. 1 hits, will perform a live concert following the presentation of the Best of Show. The concert continues a Pinehurst Concours tradition that has included concerts by Three Dog Night (2015) and The Commodores (2016) the last two years.