For the thirty-fifth consecutive year, Concours d’Elegance of America brought rare, restored and preserved cars of all eras to the public on Sunday, July 28, 2013.
The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich. hosted for the third year after thirty-two at Oakland University’s Meadowbrook Hall. The golf course greens at St. John’s provided the perfect display area and atmosphere for such a prestigious collection. If the adjacent luxury hotel accompanying the grounds didn’t prove the pedigree the Concours was bringing, patrons would quickly be convinced.
Upon entering the event, attendants were greeted with a messenger bag and a glossy 120 page program full of the days events, investors and categories of the days automobiles. Perhaps the bag was to store a newly purchased ‘gator skin purse or Ferrari watch found at the tent immediately to the left of the entrance. These details will the option to carry a glass of wine or purchase art from the gallery is enough to convince anyone that this was the show to see cars of high caliber.
The cars invited to make an appearance were divided into seventeen exhibits throughout the grounds. One showed off American muscle cars dubbed ‘Dealer Super Cars’ displaying the likes of a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Baldwin Motion Maco Shark and a 1973 Nickey Stage III LS6 Camaro, among other makes and models. Staying with the Chevy theme, the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 Corvette was celebrated with several prime examples of the coupe.
But there was much more to see than just domestic vehicles. Prewar European cars and two Porsche exhibits helped bring diversity and class to the show.
Racing fans of any kind were not disappointed at the exhibition. Can Am racers and participants in The Great Race brought speed fanatics to the rear of the grounds. With these, a vintage NASCAR display brought restored muscle cars piloted by legendary drivers like Dale Earnhardt and Junior Johnson in decades when the circle-track fields really were made up of modified stock cars from the dealer.
Other notable categories were the Jet-Age Convertibles, Auburn/Concord: The One-Offs and Gaslight 1906-1914.
Finding such prime examples of all the categories brought to the show, especially in the volume seen is not likely to be seen at any other show through the year. If you missed the show, check back here at usedview.com in the upcoming days for more pictures and information on specific vehicles from the categories displayed.