Atlanta Concours d’Elegance has successful run at Tyler Perry Studios

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The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance 2019 was held at Tyler Perry Studios in downtown Atlanta. The show showcased vintage and modern-day vehicles along with rare collections. (Tyson Horne / Tyson.horne@ajc.com)

The Atlanta Concours d’Elegance showcased some of the most amazing cars in the world on the historic grounds of the Fort McPherson army base at Tyler Perry Studios earlier this month.

The event boasted a field of cars and categories as diverse as the several thousand attendees that enjoyed the two-day event.

Singer and actress Vanessa Williams, the daughters of the ‘Godfather of Soul’ James Brown and American financial literacy entrepreneur John Hope Bryant, all played a role in honoring the cars of iconic African Americans.

In addition, two very special vintage vehicles – 1937 Packard 1507 Twelve Coupe Roadster (owned by Stephen Plaster of Lebanon, Mo.) and 1954 Mercedes Benz 300 SL (owned by Mark Richey of Commerce) – accepted ‘Best of Show’ honors in the American and European Classes.

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Atlanta 10/20/19 - The Cars of Iconic Black Americans showing was held at The Atlanta Concours d'Elegance 2019 in Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. The show featured cars owned by famous African Americans. Atlanta's James Collier has one of the best collections of Chevrolets in the world and was honored at the event as well. (Tyson Horne/ Tyson.horne@ajc.com)

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Atlanta 2019 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Todd Duncan looks at a 1969 GTX with Streetside Classics sales manager Matt Duncan. ( Tyson Horne/ Tyson.horne@ajc.com)

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Atlanta - James Collier has always been really good at math. And as a young man, he thought he would try his hand at teaching. “What I learned is that it wasn’t for me,” said the 82-year-old Atlantan with a wry chuckle. However, Collier, who quickly left the eight-grade classroom and went on to have a successful career at AT&T, has found another way to teach. People from all over the world seek him out for his seemingly endless knowledge of Chevrolet automobiles. - Todd Duncan Video by Tyson A. Horne ( Tyson.horne@ajc.com)