Dozens of local residents spent a steamy September afternoon last year at Pier Park in Grosse Pointe Farms to admire classic and exotic cars that were on view for the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation’s 10th annual Grosse Pointe Concours d’Elegance. This year’s car show will take place Sept. 30 at Pier Park.

Dozens of local residents spent a steamy September afternoon last year at Pier Park in Grosse Pointe Farms to admire classic and exotic cars that were on view for the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation’s 10th annual Grosse Pointe Concours d’Elegance. This year’s car show will take place Sept. 30 at Pier Park.

File photo by Sarah Purlee


Classic cars to again line Pier Park’s waterfront

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 18, 2018

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Don’t put your classic car in storage for the winter just yet.

The nonprofit Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation is inviting residents of all five Grosse Pointes to again enjoy a free afternoon of vintage vehicles and complimentary hot dogs, chips and soda. The 11th annual Grosse Pointe Concours d’Elegance will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at Pier Park. European and American classic vehicles are being sought to showcase for this family-friendly event.

City Manager Shane Reeside said the car show always takes place on the last Sunday in September.

Those who want to get the 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. Starting at 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the Concours, vehicles will begin driving this route into the park, which is at the foot of Moross and Lake Shore roads, on Lake St. Clair.

Farms City Councilman Lev Wood said he’s “not a car guy,” but he enjoys seeing all of these vintage vehicles.

“It is really, really fun,” Wood said. “It’s a great way to bring everybody in the community together to our beautiful park.”

Thanks to event sponsors and donors, it’s also somewhat of a fundraiser for the GPFF, city officials said. The foundation has been responsible for many initiatives in the city, including the Pier Park community building, the new Farms dog park and the renovation of Joy Bells Park on Moross Road.

Daniel Hughes, the event’s founder, said previously that the Concours d’Elegance typically draws about 500 to 600 visitors and 80 to 90 vehicles. Last year, Reeside said it hit “an all-time record” with nearly 100 vehicles.

“It’s just a nice event,” Reeside said. “Get there early and enjoy (the festivities).”

Advance vehicle registration is encouraged, but not required. Some vehicle owners just bring their cars to the park the day of the Concours. Car registration is free.

To register a vehicle, call Kathy Squillace at (313) 640-1612 or email her at ksquillace@grossepointefarms.org. For more information, visit grossepointefarms.org.