Pier Park on a roll with ninth annual car show this weekend

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 20, 2016

 Bill Heller, of Grosse Pointe Park, stands next to his 1930 Hupmobile during last year’s event.

Bill Heller, of Grosse Pointe Park, stands next to his 1930 Hupmobile during last year’s event.

File photo by Roy Feldman

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The calendar may officially say it’s fall as of Sept. 22, but that doesn’t mean classic car show season is over.

Residents of all five Grosse Pointes are invited again to enjoy an afternoon of admiring European and American classic cars during the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation’s ninth annual Grosse Pointe Concours d’Elegance. The event, which always takes place the last Sunday in September, will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Pier Park in Grosse Pointe Farms.

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. 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.

Admission and car registration are free, and attendees can dine on complimentary hot dogs, chips and soda.

Event founder Daniel Hughes, marketing manager for the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation, said in an email interview that this event draws dozens of domestic and foreign vehicles each year and continues to grow in popularity, especially among families and couples.

The Grosse Pointe Concours d’Elegance is “fun for the whole family,” Hughes said by email. “Our event usually draws a crowd of over 500 to 600 people. We usually get about 80 to 90 cars.”

The nonprofit GPFF is known for its fundraising efforts for the city, efforts that have led to dozens of additions and improvements over the years, including ornamental street signs, the Pier Park refrigerated ice rink, a playscape, and the expanded and renovated Farms Dog Park adjacent to Kerby Field. But the car show is simply designed as a day of fun for the community, not a fundraiser.

“This community has a great number of exceptional vintage vehicles,” City Manager Shane Reeside said by email last year. “The Concours is an ideal way of showcasing these cars while bringing awareness to the significant contributions of the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation.”

Although a number of participants register in advance, Hughes said a good chunk of car owners wait until the last minute. But that’s OK too, and it means attendees can expect to be surprised each year.

To register a vehicle, call Grosse Pointe Farms City Hall at (313) 885-6600. For more information, visit www.grossepointefarms.org.

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