Concours d’Elegance returns

Unique vehicles and new gazebo will share spotlight at Farms Foundation’s Concours d’Elegance

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 22, 2021

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation’s Concours d’Elegance is back this year and promises to be better than ever.

The free annual car show had to be canceled last year because of the pandemic, so interest this year is greater than usual for the event, which will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at Pier Park in Grosse Pointe Farms. Participants from around the east side have signed up to showcase their classic, exotic, sports and other special vehicles during this family-friendly event.

“I think people are looking forward to coming back to the park,” Farms City Manager Shane Reeside said. “We’re hoping for great weather and a great turnout.”

Reeside said one of the things that makes this car show special is that it’s “local cars from local garages.” Visitors can chat with the owners, as well.

Dan Hughes, the marketing specialist for the nonprofit Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation, launched the car show in 2008. As of mid-September, Hughes said they already had almost 100 cars registered online.

“Normally, we register 50 or so cars (in advance), and the remainder of the 100 cars just show up and register at the gate,” Hughes said by email. “It shows that the Grosse Pointe car owners are ready to show their cars.”

Those who want to get first peek at participating vehicles are invited to gather along a parade route that runs from Kercheval Avenue in the Hill business district to Moross Road. Vehicles taking part in the parade need to arrive at Pier Park by 11 a.m.; the parade itself will start at 11:30 a.m. the morning of the Concours. Parade participation is optional.

Early birds will get the grub; while supplies last, the foundation will be serving a free hot dog, pop and chips to attendees.

Hughes said they anticipate about 120 vehicles total will be on display. He said the show has increasingly become a family outing, with the number of children doubling in recent years. The event draws 600 to 700 people, he said.

During the event, the city will also celebrate its new Pier Park gazebo with a ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. The foundation, which has supported multiple improvement projects for the city, paid for the new gazebo after the old one needed to be demolished because it was no longer structurally sound.

“The gazebo is an important community asset that has been the focal point of untold memories and special occasions for residents,” said Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation Vice Chair Jeff Huebner by email. “When the City of Grosse Pointe Farms deemed the structure needed replacing, this project seemed like a perfect opportunity for the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation to partner with the City.”

Officials are pleased with the end result.

“The Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation thinks the new gazebo is a ‘home-run’ in its design, structure and construction that will serve our community well for decades to (come),” Huebner said via email.

Farms Foundation Chair Michael Ottaway echoed that sentiment.

“The new gazebo will continue to be an asset that brings our Grosse Pointe Farms residents together,” Ottaway said via email.

Interestingly, 2020 would have marked the 13th annual Grosse Pointe Concours.

“Superstitious?” Hughes asked by email. “Not us!”

But, just in case, this year’s event is being billed as the 14th annual Grosse Pointe Concours.

“We are looking forward to a great day at the 14th annual Grosse Pointe Farms Concours d’Elegance,” Ottaway said by email. “We hope that many in our community will be able to join us.”

Advance vehicle registration is encouraged. To register a vehicle or for more about the event, visit grossepointefarmsfoundation.org/events/grosse-pointe-farms-concours-delegance.

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