FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV. - The Greenbrier Concours d'Elegance is excited to announce the very first car display of it's kind in the world. It's called "Retrograde" and it's a show area dedicated to iconic auto continuation and re-creation cars.
The Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015 permitted small-scale automakers to forgo regulations and standards that would otherwise cripple new car operations. Prior to this, there had already been quite a number of manufacturers creating "continuation" cars like Cobra's, Ford GT40's, Jaguars and Porsche's. But now there has also been a resurgence of new car designs from start-up companies who's aesthetic and performance are pushing the envelope of engineering not seen since the advent of the 20th century.
According to Bernie Martin, the Director of Operations for the Greenbrier Concours:
"A few years ago, I was talking to a restorer at a Cars and Coffee event and asked him 'Why didn't you bring the Ferrari that you just finished restoring?' He told me 'I buy cars to restore so I can drive 'em & enjoy 'em, but by the time I finish 'em a few years later they're just too damn expensive to take on the road' and that got me thinking... People really want to drive these iconic cars but they can't afford them getting damaged.
I'd been talking to people like Chuck Beck and Michele Bandini, and even John Rogers from Local Motors about his 3D printed car, about what they where doing. It just seemed like there was some real pent up-demand for continuation and re-reations as well as some new innovations, but there really wasn't a place where you put them together to talk about their engineering. At all of the new car shows around the country you can't talk to the designers and engineers, it's all out sourced marketing people. So I had this idea, because I work in manufacturing and there's all these disparate ideas, that they should just really come together, over a drink, with a bunch of customers who can give them feedback.
I suggested to Wayne Long that we should seriously consider creating a show just for these guys. He totally embraced the idea. So we've created a show, for the first time, for these people to show off what they do and maybe they can get together and maybe come up with some new cool stuff with customer feedback. Maybe we can make some history at The Greenbrier and a new automotive idea gets created.
At the end of the day though, because everything I just said is 'pie in the sky' stuff, people can find a continuation or recreation car at Retrograde, that they absolutely adored when they saw on the original car showfield, but they could never drive through the mountains surrounding The Greenbrier and enjoy the driving experience. In Retrograde, you can buy it and drive it and not worry about stone chips. Maybe it's me, but you really gotta drive this stuff to appreciate it!"