Detroit Concours celebrates the Motor City and the people who put the world on wheels

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This weekend, the Motor City will host the second annual Detroit Concours, a celebration of Detroit and the automotive culture that defines it. As part of Hagerty’s family of events, we are especially proud to celebrate the men and women of the local automobile industry as our event “honorees.” Detroit is the city that put the world on wheels, and it was the people of the auto industry—the line workers, designers, engineers, and many, many others—who drove its growth and innovation. Throughout the event, you’ll see their personal cars, photos, and stories.

“From assembly lines to design studios, machine shops, and boardrooms, America’s automotive industry was powered by the people of Detroit. Many are unsung heroes, creating the cars we see in museums, on concours lawns and racing at tracks around the world, and we thought it was time to highlight their collective contributions,” said Matt Orendac, Hagerty’s Vice Chairman, Concours Group. “That’s why this year we’ve taken a traditional honoree program and scaled it up with Powered by Detroit as our way of recognizing this collective passion and contribution.”

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Back in August, Hagerty invited automotive industry employees to participate in Powered by Detroit by submitting photos of themselves with their collectible automobiles. The photos will form custom artwork and be unveiled at the September event.

This year, our two-day celebration kicks off Friday with our signature “Cars & Community” event, which is fun for the whole family. It features the cars of metro Detroit enthusiasts, our popular Future Drivers Club youth activities, and a selection of cars from last weekend’s perennial fan-favorite: Radwood Detroit, which showcases the automobiles and lifestyles of the ’80s and ’90s.

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Friday’s Cars & Community event will provide a festival of fun for the whole family. The day will feature Motor City Car Club Displays, a collection of locally owned show vehicles curated from the Midwest, the Future Drivers Club for kids of all ages, a Radwood-era showcase, and more. Tickets for Friday’s event can be purchased here. Children 15 and under will be admitted for free.

Saturday’s Concours d’Elegance will host 150 historically significant vehicles.

Highlights from a few of the 18 Featured classes include:

’57 Heaven

  • ’57 Ford Thunderbird
  • ’57 Buick Special
  • ’57 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

Mopar Magic

  • 1967 Plymouth GTX
  • 1969 Dodge Dart
  • 1972 Dodge Challenger

Ferraris from the ’60s and ’70s

  • 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4
  • 1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
  • 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC

A special class, consisting of manufacturer-owned heritage vehicles, will also be shown. Additionally, all Ford, GM, and Stellantis employees and retirees will receive discounted event tickets.

An awards ceremony and free Hagerty Ride & Drives will be available to public ticketholders all day. Tickets for Saturday’s event can be purchased here. Children 15 and under will be admitted for free. Early Entry and Club Detroit ticketholders may enter at 9 a.m.

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Ed Welburn will be the Detroit Concours d’Elegance’s Chief Judge. With decades of hands-on experience designing cars and leading teams at the highest level during his tenure as vice president of GM Design North America, Welburn’s keen eye for detail will elevate standards for judging at the Detroit Concours to match other world-class concours events.

For more information on this year’s event or to purchase tickets, visit




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    You really need to cover the Molto Bella show in Akron Ohio. Every September there is a show that replaced the Glenmoore Show that was canceled.

    It is a un judged show but it is filled with everything from 70 Ferraris to a Custom Milk truck. Every year the some of the best cars roll out that the Stan Hewitt estate of John Sieberling. He was the founder of Goodyear tire.

    The event will draw many cars you seldom see from a Davis to F40 to a number of Shelby cars and even COPO Chevys.

    This event often will have the Goodyear blimp over head.

    The show is to raise money for the Kidney Cancer fund and it is just a good time to go and enjoy many cars you just never see.

    Most years a Cheetah is driven in. This year I saw a V16 Marmon.

    One owner brings a Miura, F40, GT 40. Ford GT Carbon and some other cars from his collection.

    It is a prime event and there are three videos on You tube for this years event already.

    Not going to lie, that sounds like any other regional car show that wants to be something better but is likely never going to break through to be something very special…just like this Detroit show. Nothing wrong with regional shows, they very much should exist. Not everything needs to try and be Pebble Beach, or Amelia Island, or Villa d’este. The word “concour” is meaningless now that every show and shine on main street wants to call itself a concours.

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