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July 27, 2014 - Concours d'Elegance of America

he Italian Happening was the day before and essentially an introductory prelude to the fabulous 2014 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s. We covered it separately here.

The Concours was held on Sunday, July 27, with a threat of rain that failed to materialize and diminish the fun. The show was truly as elegant as the name suggests and it seems to get better year after year. Last year’s Founders Trophy Best of Show, European, the 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, was featured on the 2014 brochure and posters along with the Best of Show, American, the 1931 Duesenberg Model J Tourster Derham, highlighting that what you are going to see is no ordinary car show, but the very best of the best. To illustrate the variety and quality of the cars, here is the list of automobile classes at this year’s Concours:

American Classic Closed Pre-war 1929-1942
Special Display
American Classic Open Pre-war 1929-1942
Pre-1916 motorcycles
Gas light prior to 1914
Jazz age 1915-1929
Auburn Cord
American Popular 1930-1942
Pre-war European Classic
Duesenberg model J
Evolution of the sports car 1900-1975
Vintage fuel drag bikes
Muscle car
American post-war 1946-1959
American post-war 1960-1975
European post-war
Oscar Davis
Lamborghini Anniversary
Racing thru the ages
High-style haulers: pick ups of the jet dash age
Super cars
Featured designer retrospective Virgil Exner
Featured designer concept cars Virgil Exner
Featured designer special display Virgil Exner
Mustang Anniversary
Pontiac GTO 50th Anniversary

Having covered the Concours for a few years now, the event is always changing, just like the classes of autos present, but sometimes certain things seem to pop out at you. This year’s pop-out observation was that variations of rich peach color seemed to be more popular than in years past. There were so many cars and so much going on it is impossible to address it all in a limited blog space. So here are our some of our other observations:

There were plenty of classic cars ones like you would see at the Woodward Dream Cruise in the parking lot. On the higher end, I parked between a Maserati and a Bentley and was afraid to back my Buick out when we left.

R&M Auction had a boat for sale this year and, due to the impending rain, the cars were initially shrink-wrapped. There was a also 1999 prototype Packard-12 at the R&M Auction along with a lot of other awesome iron.

There were Giclée Reproductions of previous years winning cars for sale, along with some vendors selling t-shirts of their favorite cars.

A show favorite was the black Pacific car made by Delahaye in the USA as a modern tribute to the Classic 1937 Type 57S Bugatti. See our Italian Happening photos for more of this car, we were able to view it a day early.

The show had a heavy Alfa Romeo presence with people sporting logo gear and name-dropping about Alfa cars and contacts last year's winning car was the Alfa 8C 2300, mentioned above. In the video above you will see a one of a kind 1955 Alfa Romeo, 1900 SS model, that was built for the Geneva Auto show.

Chrysler was taking photos of people standing next to a 1954 Chrysler La Comtesse show car, that had been advertised as “elegance for the modern woman.” (Michele never got her picture, btw).

Free gelato was provided by the Gelato Cafe, where they also supplied music of the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra.

It was nice to see a booth for the M-1 Concourse, which will be an 87 acre auto enthusiast destination on Woodward Avenue in Pontiac. It is located on an old GM factory site that was decommissioned and cleaned up.

We at Detroit Metro Mashup had a great time and the Brembo media and hospitality tent was truly appreciated.

For more information about the Concours d’Elegance at St. John’s and to prepare for next year, check out the following URLs -