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2022 Detroit Concours d’Elegance

Hagerty’s first had something for everyone

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Somethings 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.

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1931 Cadillac V16

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.

1964 Shelby Cobra 289 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
1964 Shelby Cobra 289 and 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

The classes were as follows:

  • Prewar American Classics
  • Cars of Harley Earl
  • Cars of Woodward Avenue
  • Detroit Autorama
  • 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
  • Supercars
937 Delahaye 135M by Chapron
The show winner: 1937 Delahaye 135M by Chapron

Take a gander at the below images and see for yourself how Hagerty reimagined the Concours.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
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.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Yeah you’re 1957 Studebaker Roadster nope X car craft Dream rod/ tiger shark d o n e by Bill cushionberry used to have a roof on it who chopped that up what a shame

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