Concours d’Elegance promises variety, Vipers

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 19, 2017


Visitors to the 39th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America will have plenty of vehicles to view when the weekend car celebration appears at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth July 28-30.

This year, the Concours d’Elegance promises to showcase around 300 vehicles with origins that span the globe, and many of the models are rare or unique. According to the show’s website, the vehicles’ value is collectively assessed at more than $90 million. 

According to the Concours d’Elegance’s Lora Baker, the variety of cars on display — from sports cars to collectibles — is a big reason why people come out to see the event. For instance, the Dodge Viper will get plenty of attention this year, she explained.

“We’ve got a huge Viper display going on this year. I believe it is the last year of production for the Viper,” she said. “Of course, Sunday is the big event with all of our featured exhibited vehicles: Rolls-Royces, Duesenbergs ... as well as some brand new cars like Porsches, Fiats and Lamborghinis. So we’ve got newer fun models, and we’ve got the old classic models.”

According to organizers, one of the major attractions at this year’s event is an exhibit called “Maximum Muscle,” which focuses on high-performance and rare muscle cars from 1963 to 1973. According to the show, examples will include Max Wedge Dodges, Ford Cobra Jet 428s and the 1973 Super Duty 455 Trans Am.

Organizers say the Concours weekend will also host more than 15 related events. Some of them will be charity fundraisers, such as the Motor City Mingle, which raises money for JDRF.

“On Saturday, we are featuring Chef Derik Watson as our special guest,” Baker said. “We’re having a basket culinary competition. … That luncheon with him is going to benefit Project Beautiful - Inside and Out.”

Diane Flis-Schneider, executive director of the Concours d’Elegance, said the event would feature four seminars that are free and open to the public. She confirmed the presence of Vipers this year and also said a rare Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost will be on display.

“We are in our 39th year, and it’s because we have vehicles that you don’t typically see at cruise night or other events,” she said. “These vehicles are displayed by invitation only, so we get the best of the best.” 

The 39th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America will take place July 28-30 at the Inn at St. John’s, 44045 Five Mile Road, in Plymouth. The main Concours d’Elegance vehicle display event will occur from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 30. Find out more about purchasing tickets by visiting or by calling (248) 643-8645.