What to expect at the Detroit Concours d’Elegance

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Celebrating Car Culture in the Heart of the Motor City

With the Detroit Concours d’Elegance festivities underway September 17 – 18, 2022, the Motor City will be packed with immersive automotive experiences for the whole family, including Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance at The Detroit Institute of Arts. Enjoy a weekend-long tribute to the people who designed, built, and drove American car culture, and to the vehicles at its heart. There are multiple events including car shows, a kids zone, Detroit food vendors, art, and even free ride and drives in cool cars. Built upon the Concours d’Elegance of America’s four decades of excellence, the reimagined event will place participants right in the middle of the thriving design, music, and sporting heart of Detroit. Hagerty is proud to invest in downtown Detroit, just blocks from where so much of car culture was forged.

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When is the Detroit Concours d’Elegance?
Saturday September 17 – Sunday September 18, 2022

Where
4 locations off Woodward Ave in Detroit, MI (see below for details)

Schedule:

Saturday September 17

CARS & COMMUNITY
Comerica Park lots 1 & 2
61 East Elizabeth St
Detroit, MI 48201
Tickets: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Children 15 and under FREE, or elevate your experience with Detroit Social Club $95 (exclusive private lounge, gourmet brunch, early entrance, and more). Hagerty Drivers Club members save 20%. 
9:00pm-1:00pm

Saturday’s Cars & Community will include over 200 cars and is a day full of car-fun for the entire family. Located just off iconic Woodward Ave in the parking areas adjacent to Comerica Park, it features three unique shows in one:

  1. RADwood, a celebration of 1980s and 1990s lifestyle, blending period correct dress with automotive awesomeness;
  2. Concours d’Lemons, a tongue in cheek concours celebrating the oddball, mundane, and truly awful of the automotive world; and
  3. Curated Showcase of Local Car Clubs, a gathering of car enthusiasts and local car clubs displaying their vehicles.
Concours d’Lemons Jeff Peek
RADwood

In addition, youth will enjoy spending time in the Kids Zone, featuring free automotive activities designed just for children. Plus, there are free ride and drives in cool cars for anyone.

Parking
Located across the street at the McLaren Parking Garage, 90 E Fisher Rd, Detroit, MI 48226
FOR MORE INFO

Register your ‘’80s-’90s car for RADwood 
Register your hooptie for Concours d’Lemons 

DTE – ELECTRIFIED
Beacon Park
1903 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
Tickets: FREE 
9:00am-5:00pm

The future of vehicle electrification! Including the DTE Garage of the Future and OEM EVs on display.

Saturday Night September 17

MOTOR CITY PARTY
College for Creative Studies – Taubman Center
460 W Baltimore St
Detroit, MI 48202
Tickets: $275, must be 21+. Hagerty Drivers Club members save 20%. 
6:30pm-10:00pm

On Saturday evening, the Motor City Party will pay tribute to 2022 Honoree, Ed Welburn plus host a roundtable discussion with leaders of the car world. The automobile industry is transitioning to a different future. To hear what this means for those who love to drive, several top auto executives who are leading this change and are also rabid driving and car enthusiasts will hold a lively discussion (McKeel Hagerty CEO, Hagerty; Ralph Gilles Chief Design Officer, Stellantis; Hau Thai-Tang Chief Industrial Platform Officer, Ford Motor Company; and Doug L Parks Executive Vice President, General Motors).

Enjoy a uniquely Detroit experience with skyline views from the original office of Harley Earl on the 11th floor of this iconic Art Deco building and a roving gourmet dinner and open bar.

Ed Welburn is a Detroit design legend, Automotive Hall of Fame inductee, and former General Motors Vice President of Global Design. Car and Driver described Welburn as “the man who brought beauty back to General Motors.” He was involved in the design of more than 500 different automobiles including cars that set records for speed on racetracks and sales in the marketplace. He holds the distinction of having been the highest-ranking Black-American in the global automotive industry.
FOR MORE INFO 

Parking
Available at the CCS Woodward Parking Lot, 206 W Baltimore Ave, Detroit MI 48202

Sunday September 18

INAUGURAL DETROIT CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
Tickets: Adults $55, Seniors $35, Children 15 and under FREE (includes free parking). Upgraded experiences include an Early Entry ticket for $95, or a Club Detroit ticket for $285 that adds a private lounge with cuisine and cocktails for 21+. Hagerty Drivers Club members save 20%. 
10:00am-4:00pm

Matthew Tierney

Sunday’s Detroit Concours d’Elegance features over 120 historically significant vehicles displayed on the lawns surrounding the Detroit Institute of Arts. Vehicles are vying for awards in 15 car classes, including Cars of Woodward Ave (muscle cars), Harley Earl (highlights the designer’s role as the first styling chief of General Motors, elevating the American company into a place of global industry leadership), Detroit Autorama (customs and one-offs), Euro Alley, Hot Rods, Supercars, and more, plus 15 specialty awards. There will be an afternoon awards ceremony, free ride and drives with cool cars available throughout the day, and live entertainment.
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Parking
Complimentary secured parking at Wayne State University, located across the street from the DIA.

Youth Judging
In addition to the over 40 highly trained concours judges that will be inspecting the field of beautiful cars, there is also a chance for youth to get involved. Designed primarily for kids ages 8 to 14, the Youth Judging Program brings the world of classics to a kid friendly level. The young judges are guided through the show field, as a group, to pre-selected show cars and talk with owners to learn about the details, history and fun facts about each vehicle. A simplified score card, ranking on a scale of 1-to-5 on five basic categories, is used. Interested in having your child participate? Email YouthPrograms@hagerty.com for more information.

Adrian Meli

Discounts
Hagerty Drivers Club members are invited to save 20% on all Detroit Concours d’Elegance weekend tickets. In addition to saving on admission, you’ll get benefits all year long, including access to Hagerty Valuation Tools, an annual subscription to the award-winning magazine, 24/7 emergency roadside services, and more. Join and save. Already a member? Log in for your exclusive access.
www.detroitconcours.com

Photography by Deremer Studios
Joshua Sweeney
Free Age Productions/Steve Koss
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