FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
From the Office of Maxim Sports Management
Contact: Maria Jannace
Tel: 917 403 8060
THE NEW YORK CITY CONCOURS DEBUTS 5 OCTOBER
ON MANHATTAN’S ROOFTOP AT PIER 17 WITH ICONIC CARS, MUSIC & POP CULTURE
First-of-its-Kind Hybrid Car Show/Cultural Event
A Portion of the Proceeds will be Donated to The Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (20 August 2019) – Despite the grand automotive showcases that are Pebble Beach, and Amelia, there is a hole in the concours d’elegance universe, a need to cultivate a tribe of younger, hipper car buffs and enthusiasts who don’t feel fully served by these great classic concours. They’re out there! The New York City Concours (TNYCC) is aimed at filling this void. Showcasing 30 iconic classic cars accompanied by live music and lifestyle curations with an edgy pop culture influence, the inaugural event will be held on Saturday, 5 October 2019 on the Rooftop at Pier 17, the City’s hottest venue in the Seaport District. The waterfront venue on the East River offers unequaled views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and 360º views of the famed Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines.
This first-of-its-kind event is being produced by Maria Jannace, head of New York City-based Maxim Creative Group and Maxim Sports Management. “We have set a path to become one of the world’s premier concours events,” says Jannace. “New York may be known for its subways, yellow cabs and Ubers, but metro New York has as much of a car culture as Southern California. As a native New Yorker, I designed this event to be ‘pure New York,’ capturing the hipness, glamour and grit that is this city.”
All concours start with the cars, of course. The New York City Concours will turn a high-end car show into a celebration of the automobile’s place in society, including pop culture. Jannace has partnered with noted automobile restorer Tom Papadopoulos owner of Autosport Designs (a Long Island automotive shop world renowned for its concours-winning restorations) to help curate the event and head TNYCC selection committee. The challenge: selecting 30 cars spanning the 1950s through 1990s, seasoned with a few pre-war surprises, that are rare, seldom-seen in public and fitting to the stylish, urban setting.
“The quality of cars we are considering is simply staggering, truly the best of the best,” says Papadopoulos. “The cars we will showcase were designed to make anyone stop dead in their tracks when new, and still do today.” Jannace adds, “we want to expand the opportunity of these rarely seen classic cars to a wider and dare we say it, younger audience in a much more approachable and relevant experience while respecting and reinvigorating the passion of the established car collectors. We want to bring the concours into the 21st century, and New York City is the perfect place to do it.”
The full list of cars will be announced on TNYCC website TheNYCConcours.com in mid September.
Inaugural Event Details
The New York City Concours 2019 on Saturday, 5 October from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (includes the stunning sunset over New York Harbor). This event will feature luxury lifestyle curations, fashion samplings and music by New York City band The Borough Boys playing a spectrum of popular music diverse as the city itself – from the 1950s to the present – the evening session featuring a full concert experience.
Ticketing for TNYCC is comparable with concours events, while offering added entertainment experiences. General admission is $150 with food and beverage available for purchase. The $300 VIP package includes confirmed access to an outdoor lounge and deluxe hospitality from the Rooftop “R17” restaurant. For a limited time ticket buyers can use the code TNYCC2019 for $25 off all tickets.
TNYCC 2019 is designed to excite current car enthusiasts and collectors while also attracting a new tribe of younger car buffs to this facet of the automotive world. The launch event in October will serve as the introduction to a much larger two-day annual experience planned for 2020. TNYCC has partnered with Madison Square Boys & Girls Club as its charitable cause and will donate a portion of its proceeds to the Club.
About Maria Jannace, Founder and CEO, The New York City Concours
Maria Jannace is the founder and owner of Maxim Creative Group and Maxim Sports Management, Inc., which created and managed the Red Bull Formula 1 Driver Search, a successful program with the mission to find, fund and nurture young American talent aspiring to compete in the pinnacle of motor racing.
Previously, Jannace was also the marketing agent for F1 and IndyCar World Champion Nigel Mansell. She also served as public relations director and co-director for the Greenwich Concours d’ Elegance and before that was Chief Marketing Officer for Lime Rock Park, Connecticut’s renowned, historic racing circuit.
Jannace was destined for a career with high-performance and classic cars. As a teen, she learned to drive on the bustling streets of Manhattan in her uncle’s vintage Aston Martin DB2/4, complete with its steering wheel on the “wrong side.”
About Tom Papadopoulos, Vehicle Curator, Adviser and Head of the Selection Committee
Tom Papadopoulos is the founder and owner of Autosport Designs, a Long Island, New York based company providing expert service across vintage and modern automobile sales, maintenance, repair, restoration, custom rebuilds and specialty storage and transportation services internationally since 1989. He has also been a successful racer in open-wheel and sports car competition and won the Ferrari Challenge Championship two years in a row.
About Madison Square Boys & Girls Club
Since 1884, Madison has been saving and enhancing the lives of youth by providing youth development services for children in New York City’s most disadvantaged communities. Programs are engineered to empower each member to achieve three priority outcomes: Academic Success, Good Character & Citizenship, and the adoption of a Healthy Lifestyle. Every day, Madison provides thousands of children with a safe and positive environment, one where fun is encouraged and positive role models are plentiful. A founding member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Madison currently serves more than 5,000 youth, ages 6 to 18, at five Clubhouses throughout Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Harlem.
About The Seaport District
The Seaport District is New York’s original commercial hub, located on the East River in Lower Manhattan with unparalleled views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline. An essential part of the city for over 300 years, the re-envisioned Seaport District will continue to function as a community anchor and “port of discovery” for the rapidly growing population of Lower Manhattan. The Howard Hughes Corporation® is leveraging the Seaport District’s history as the birthplace of innovation, as it transforms a district spanning several city blocks, creating approximately 450,000 square feet of dynamic culinary, fashion, entertainment and cultural experiences.
Highlights include Pier 17®, one of New York City’s newest iconic entertainment destinations, with a 1.5-acre rooftop that serves as a year-round community amenity and cultural and event space. The Rooftop at Pier 17 transforms seasonally from a Winterland experience, complete with the city’s first open-air rooftop ice skating rink, to an outdoor performance venue which was recently named “Best New Concert Venue” by Pollstar. In addition to hosting the annual Summer Concert Series, The Rooftop at Pier 17 offers an array of seasonal bar and food options, and the standalone R17 restaurant which evolves with the seasons. The Pier Village, a collection of waterfront restaurants by culinary powerhouses on the first two floors of Pier 17, welcomed its first restaurant with the opening of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s seafood restaurant followed by openings from David Chang of the Momofuku Group, Helene Hendersonof Malibu Farm, and Andrew Carmellini. Pier 17 is home to ESPN’s new live broadcast studios, which opened in April 2018.
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