Concours d’Elegance

Rendezvous of the Greats

The Concours D’Elegance is a juried competition among vintage, historic and classic cars, scrutinized by an expert panel of concours judges. This stellar Sunday event includes a display of more than 100 significant classic automobiles, reviewed and accepted by the CMF Concours Committee. The Concours d’Elegance is held on the streets of beautiful downtown Chattanooga’s West Village. The streets are closed from any vehicle traffic to allow guests to walk freely amongst these works of art. Spectators enjoy up-close views of some very rare, historically significant automobiles. The Chattanooga Motorcar Festival welcomes back Chief Judge Mike Tillson.

General event questions please email

Rallye drivers

Best of Show 2022

1937 Cord 812 Phaeton

Laura & Jack Boyd Smith Jr-1937 Cord 812 Phaeton (3)





 Judged Classes
   Ferrari Platino – Ferrari GT and Competition cars from 1947-to-present
   Porsche 75th Anniversary – in conjunction with Luftgukühlt
      – 75th Anniversary of Porsche: 365
      – 75th Anniversary of Porsche: 911
   Brass: Stutz vs. Mercer “The cars that put the “Roar” in the “Roaring ’20s”
   Pre-War American Classic – Classic Car Club of America Approved 
   Pre-War European Classic – Classic Car Club of America Approved 
   Pre-War Special Interest cars – American non-classic cars from 1925-1942
   Traditional Hot Rods – Authentic ’40s-to-’50s style coupes and roadsters
   Custom + Vintage Motorcycles 
   ’50’s to ’60’s American Luxury Cars – Cadillac, Lincoln, Chrysler Imperial…
   Post-War American Sports Cars – Corvettes and home built “Dream Cars”
   Post-War British + European Sports Cars 194-to-1975
   Post-War Special Interest Cars – American non-classic cars from 1946-to-1975
   American Muscle – “Little GTO,” “She’s Real Fine my 409” – cars that stormed Woodard Avenue 
   Post-War Exotic 

Special Classes
   Concours d’Lemons
   RADwood – the Best of the ’80s and ’90s
   Nascar Competition Cars 
   Viper 1992-2017
   World Rally Championship (WRC) 
   Museum Owned Car Displays 

   Best of Show 
   AACA Award 
   Chairman’s Award 
   Most Elegant Open Car 
   Most Elegant Closed Car 
   Honored Collector 
   Spirit of the Hobby
   Peoples Choice


Have fun with your hooptie and register for the Concours d’Lemons today. Rust buckets, crap cans, and awful cars of all descriptions are welcome at the Concours d’Lemons at the Chattanooga Motorcar Festival.

Celebrating the Oddball, Mundane, and Truly Awful of the automotive world, the Concours d’Lemons is a lighthearted send-up of high-end automotive events. Thrift store-sourced trophies are given out in categories like “Rust Best America Junk,” “Soul Sucking Japanese Appliance,” and “Best Back Seat.”

If you bribe the judges, you might even win “Worst of Show”!

Concours entrants get two 3-day tickets to the event! Click to apply and select “Concours d’Lemons” in the Specialty Class” drop-down of the application form.