Concours d’Elegance of America adds GM Design on the new C8 Corvette as It Celebrates AutoMobility on Mid-Engine CorvettePeople behind some of Chevrolet’s recent design highlights will share their insights and answer audience questions at the 2019 Concours d’Elegance of America on July 27. That’s only one fun event at what will be a great weekend celebration from July 26-28th of one of our finest mechanical arts.

During the last decade Concours organizers have worked to expand the show so all kinds of vehicles from every era, can be seen. (Sirens and Chrome Wow at Concours d’Elegance of America) If you like cars or motorcycles the show has something to divert you from the mundane. The Concours has new multi-million-dollar hyper-cars and supercars to one-cylinder horseless carriages from the late 1800’s and everything in between. What all the cars and motorcycles have in common is that they are among the best or most interesting examples of that genre. (Detroit Electric Roadster at Concours d’Elegance of America)

The 2019 Concours celebrates Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, and the 100th anniversary of Bentley Motors. Ticket holders will be able to see some of the best examples of those cars. (Bentley Bentayga SUV Deliveries Start)

One collector, John Groendyeke, will be bringing 96 cylinders of Cadillac power from his personal collection. Ninety-six cylinders, but only 6 cars, has 16 cylinders from a time when Cadillac could hold its own against European marques. See for yourself.

The History of Alternative Power will present all the powertrain ideas that have been explored prior to today. This circle of cars will showcase coal-fired steam cars, wood-fired steam cars, electric cars, Wankel cars, Diesel cars, turbine cars, and gazogene cars, that had their origin in a late Victorian contraption for producing carbonated water.

The Drag Cars class has a dozen or so of the most incredible cars from history of drag racing. (Roadkill Nights – Drag Racing Back on Woodward Avenue) This was before ET was phoning home. In addition, there will be a Formula One class, an Oddities class, and a class called American Power, Foreign Styling.

Modern Collectibles has become one of the more popular features of the show. These are the mass-produced cars of the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s. Many of them are still affordable for the average enthusiast. (Elite or Street – Woodward Dream Cruise and Pebble Beach Concours)


Motoring Tour – with Wayne Carini – Presented by Hagerty. Friday, July 26: 8:30 am-3:30 pm. $75.00 per person.  Ticket includes: Coffee and donuts at registration, entry to the FIA and a sit-down lunch. The tour departs from the Inn at St. John’s at 9:00 a.m. Enjoy a leisurely drive through beautiful countryside of Wayne and Genesee County. The tour will include stops at: Kettering University – GM Mobility Test Track, Factory One and GM Archives, Lunch at the Flint Institute of Arts, Tour of a Private Collection

Gardens, Tea and Boutique presented by SHIFT.  Hosted by George and Tiffany Stolzenfeld. Friday July 26 9 am – 3 pm. $85.00 per person. Ticket includes: transportation, mimosa and donut breakfast at the Inn at St. John’s, entrance to Cranbrook House and Gardens, admission for 1 to High Tea at the Townsend. Guests will leave the Inn at St. John’s and travel to Birmingham in a custom luxury motor-coach (a 30-minute ride). You will start your morning by touring the: Cranbrook House and Gardens, High Tea at the Townsend, Shop Birmingham

Haggerty Ride and Drive Friday, July 26 noon- 4pm. $75.00 per person. Ticket includes: Coffee and donuts at registration, entry to the FIA and a sit-down plated lunch. The tour departs from the Inn at St. John’s at 9:00 a.m. Enjoy a leisurely drive through beautiful countryside of Wayne and Genesee County. The tour will include stops at:

Motor City Mingle – Concours Kickoff Dinner to benefit Project Beautiful Inside and Out. Friday, July 26, 6:30p – 11 pm. $150.00 per person ($50.00 of each ticket is considered a tax-deductible contribution.). The Grande Ballroom – The Inn at St. John’s. An evening dedicated to celebrating the 41st annual Concours d’Elegance of America and a benefit for Project Beautiful Inside and Out (PBIO). Presented by Dolce Moda of Birmingham, UBS Financial The Mistry Group, and Tapper’s Jewelers – the official jewelers of the Concours d’Elegance of America.

Attendees include 300 old and new friends of the Concours, supporters of PBIO, business leaders, and dignitaries. Guests are treated to an evening of cocktails, an exquisite wine-paring dinner prepared by Chef Terence Tarver, music by NUCLASSICA, live runway show presented by Dolce Moda of Birmingham, and auction. This year we honor special guests: John D. Groendyke, William “Bill” Warner, Wayne Carini, and David Hobbs. Since the inception in 2015, the Motor City Mingle has raised in excess of $168,000.00 for charity.

GM Design Seminar from 10-11 am July 27 at The Inn at St. Johns. Michael Simcoe, vice president, GM Global Design, will host a GM Design seminar for attendees who will hear from people who designed prominent GM vehicles – including the Next Generation Chevrolet Corvette (Final Gen 7 Corvette Auction to Benefit Foundation), which will be revealed in Orange County, California, on July 18. The Next Generation Corvette has a mid-engine configuration, so designers will talk about the challenges presented by a mid-engine vehicle given the Corvette’s roadster heritage.

Tom Peters, former chief Corvette designer, will engage in a fireside chat about his career, insights and what it was like to work on the iconic vehicle. Peters will answer audience questions following his chat. “Concours d’Elegance of America has long celebrated automotive design, and that’s a history we intend to honor properly,” said Simcoe. “Attendees will be treated to unique perspectives and stories from a number of our lead designers.” Doors to the seminar open at 9:30 a.m.

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About Ken Zino

Ken Zino is an auto industry veteran with global experience in print, broadcast and electronic media. He has auto testing, marketing, public relations and communications expertise garnered while working in Asia, Europe and the U.S.
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