By Paul Ingrassia
PLYMOUTH, Mich. — The Concours d’Elegance of America falls between — in both time and place — the April Concours at Amelia Island and the August Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach. The 40th edition of this event was held late last month in this Detroit suburb, right in the American auto industry’s backyard.
So despite its national name, the Concours of America exuded a distinct local flavor. A couple categories — Drag Racing and Flip-top Funny Cars — fell short on the d’Elegance front, as one Facebook post noted, but were certainly star attractions. Every other judge seemed to be from Bloomfield Hills, the Detroit car companies’ bedroom suburb of choice. And the vendors that lined the show’s sidelines included GearheadHomes.com, a local real-estate agency specializing in finding homes for buyers who value the garage as much as the house. (How Detroit is that?)
All this said, Detroit’s local car fests merit national note because, well, Detroit is the Motor City – and the quality of the cars on show reflected that. So here’s a look — subjective, to be sure — at what was notable at the Concours of America.
Colin Beresford also contributed to this article.
Lead Photo Credit: Eric Toth