Something’s always brewing in Detroit. Anxious to get back to its glory years, the city continues to play the Comeback Kid little by little, much to the eye rolls of the rest of America. But what these people don’t realize is that Detroit is the barometer for America and, when Detroit goes down, so does America. So, if you were downtown visiting the Detroit Concours d’Elegance, you would have known that Detroit’s right on track.
Historically, the event has been held at the Meadow Brook Hall from 1979-2010. Then the Concours moved to the Inn at St. Johns in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth. In 2021, Hagerty, the automotive lifestyle brand, bought the Concours d’Elegance of America (as it was last called at St Johns) and put on its first production for 2022.
Unlike past Concours, Hagerty made theirs a weekend extravaganza full of automotive events. On Saturday, September 17, there was a Cars & Community event at Comerica Park that contained micro shows like Radwood, Concours d’Lemons, club shows, Hagerty Ride & Drive and Kid Zone. Sunday was the big Kahuna of American concours events, Hagerty’s maiden voyage of automotive history at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
The classes were as follows:
Prewar American Classics
Cars of Harley Earl
Cars of Woodward Avenue
Prewar European Classics
Modern European Classics
Modern Hot Rods
Limited Production Chryslers from 1950-70s
Limited Production Fords from 1950-70s
Limited Production GM from 1950-70s
Orphan Cars — Postwar Packard
Orphan Cars — Postwar Studebaker
American Sports Cars from 1950-60s
Italian Sports Cars
Take a gander at the below images and see for yourself how Hagerty reimagined the Concours.
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle.
But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.