Concours d’Elegance of America return to The Inn at St. John’s on July 27
PLYMOUTH, Mich. — The 36th annual Concours d’Elegance of America is coming back to The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth on July 27, 2014. It is the fourth year at the Inn and a unique event that brings together an exciting collection of significant and rare cars that displays the highest quality in design, craftsmanship and style.
Larry Moss, Chairman of the Board of the Concours d’Elegance, says that there are collectors from 20 states. The first feature is a collection of cars from the state of New Jersey. “This show will not only be the best, but the most diversified,” says Moss. Secondly, is our philosophical move towards our partners. “We are gonna be more vocal to our partners. This year we have a new partner, Yatooma’s Foundation for the kids,” he added.
Norman Yatooma explained that this Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing guidance, stability and financial assistance to families with children who lost mom and dad. “It was started by my father who died 21 years ago and this charity is doing much of what it was doing when he was alive. A little bit of money goes a long way. We are grateful to be involved,” he added.
Brian Joseph, head of the car selection committee, says “This isn’t a one-day event. It’s a multi-day event.” He listed the Friday events starting with the RM Motor City Auctions-Preview, Autobahn Night, Motoring Tour and the Plymouth Friday Night Concert in the Park in downtown Plymouth. On Saturday is the RM Auctions, Italian happening, City of Northville Preview party and the Saturday night celebration: High Heels and Wheels, and of course, on Sunday is the Concours d’Elegance show.
Joseph also announced that there will be seven great unusual motorcycles which will be a great class for people interested in vintage motorcycles.
There will also be a 1908 Fiat owned locally and actually driven coast to coast. Another unusual car is the Wills Sainte Claire Town Car and a 1923 Checker Cab. In the American popular car class is the 1934 Olds coupe and the 1934 Buick sedan which has great styling and brings something new to the show. Other unusual cars are the 1931 Peerless, Franklins, Studebakers, Packards and Cadillacs. “We have 1934 and before,” says Joseph.
“We have an original Ford Ice Cream truck and also a 1953 Weber racing boat,” added Joseph. Unlike any other Concours in the world, Concours d’Elegance of America is dedicated to the “Genius of the Automobile.” It is a unique celebration of exotic, beautiful and historically important automobiles and the people behind them: their innovations, designs and technology that influenced the world. “Our car show has very rare and unusual cars, not cars that are driving on the road. We will have lots of convertibles and drag racing bikes. It will be very exciting to see these on the field,” adds Joseph.
Some of the supercars on display will be a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa, a 1988 slant-nose Porsche, and a display of Lamborghinis and an exhibit of sports cars ranging from the 1909 Alco to a 1972 Ferrari 246GT Dino.
“That’s a little synopsis of what’s going on,” concluded Joseph.
Tickets for the Concours d’Elegance of America is $25 general admission which includes free parking, shuttle and program book. Children 12 years of age and under are free with paid adult general admission.
The Inn at St. John’s is located at 44045 Five Mile Road in Plymouth, Mich. and the show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 27, 2014.