WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — (January 24, 2022): The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance is excited to announce the creation of a new award, which will be presented annually in honor of one of the giants of the automobile collector world, with a special connection to America’s Resort.
The Bill Davis Memorial Award will take its place along with the 10 other “special awards” presented each year at the conclusion of the show. Others include the People Choice Award, Chief Judge’s Award, Duke of Windsor Award, Princess Grace Award, Dorothy Draper Award, Sam Snead Award, Eisenhower Award, Artists’ Award, Most Historically Significant Road Car and Most Historically Significant Race or Sports Car.
The Bill Davis Memorial Award will be presented to the top car in the field of 100 collector cars at the Sunday Concours that is owned by a West Virginia native or resident. The team of qualified judges, led by Chief Judge Phil Neff, will select the winner, who will receive a specially-designed trophy that represents Mr. Davis’ legacy.
“When The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance Steering Committee made the decision to add this award, we spoke to many car enthusiasts, including several on our committee, who knew Mr. Davis well,” said Cam Huffman, a member of The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance Steering Committee. “One of the most common themes was how proud he was to be a West Virginian and the love he had for the state. It just made sense to honor a car enthusiast from his home state each year at this incredible Concours held right in his backyard.”
Born in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1932, Davis spent his entire business career with the Bank of West Virginia, stepping down as President in 1979. In that role, he made many trips to The Greenbrier, which became one of his favorite spots.
Mr. Davis was also a passionate automobile enthusiast from an early age and held memberships in a dozen different auto clubs, including the Classic Car Club of America, the Rolls Royce Owners Club and many others. He was a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for more than 30 years.
Later in life, Davis was able to mix two of his loves, cars and The Greenbrier, when he became a regular participant at The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance. He displayed a 1952 Bentley R-Type Continental at The 2021 Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance, two months before passing away peacefully at his home in Charleston at the age of 89.
“Everyone loved seeing Mr. Davis wearing his patented bow ties and sharing his amazing cars with all in attendance,” said Tom Cox, a member of The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance Steering committee, who knew Davis for many years. “It was wonderful to hear the stories from so many members of The Greenbrier team, who remembered Mr. Davis from his many trips earlier in his life and were happy to see him back at America’s Resort once again. He defined class and will definitely be missed.”
Celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2022, The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance has grown to become one of the most anticipated and talked-about automobile events on the East Coast. The annual showcase is a celebration of the automobile and its rich tradition at The Greenbrier.
This year’s event will begin on Friday, May 6, with the Summit Drive, which allows car enthusiasts the opportunity to experience the incredible mountain roads of West Virginia with a spirited drive to America’s newest National Park, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Drivers will enjoy a brunch at The Greenbrier before hitting the road. Upon arrival, drivers will have an opportunity to explore the park and take in the breathtaking views, before returning to The Greenbrier.
The schedule for Saturday, May 7, features Cars and Cocktails, a show giving car owners of all types an opportunity to gather on The Greenbrier’s famed golf courses and enjoy beautiful cars, fine spirits and fellowship. The cost to enter a car is $25, and admission is free to anybody who wants to come view these incredible automobiles.
Later that evening, the Charitable Dinner will feature cuisine from the world-renowned chefs at America’s Resort, as well as an opportunity to raise funds for The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance featured charities — the AACA Library and Research Center, the West Virginia Autism Training Center and the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
The featured event, the concours, takes place on Sunday, May 8, when close to 100 collector cars from around the world gather in and around The Greenbrier’s iconic front circle. These cars are judged by a carefully selected panel of automotive experts, with awards, including the Bill Davis Memorial Award, handed out at the conclusion of the show. Spectator admission is free, thanks to a sponsorship from Hagerty that covers the cost of admission.
To learn more about The Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance, or to register to take part in any of the events, visit GreenbrierConcours.com.
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