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Detroit, MI (June 15, 2017) – The Concours d’Elegance of America announced today their annual Seminar Series will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Inn at St. John’s and cover the following topics:

Barn Finds – Presented by Hagerty
9 – 10 am

  • Special Guest: Wayne Carini and Tom Cotter

5 Gen Vipers – Presented by Bosch
10:15 – 11:30 am

  • Guest moderator: Dutch Mandel
  • Panel to include:
    • Roy Sjoberg,
    • Herb Helbig,
    • John Fernandez,
    • Dick Winkles and
    • Ralph Gilles

Amos Northup of Graham HVA – Presented by Hagerty
1:30 – 2:30 pm

Aerodynamic Styling – Presented by Bosch
2:45 – 3:45 pm

Special Guest: David Rand

The Inn at St. John’s: 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth MI 48170

About Concours d’Elegance of America

The Concours d’Elegance of America is dedicated to the preservation and historical relevance of prestigious automobiles. Through our yearly exhibition of automotive design, craftsmanship and history, we strive to provide the community at large with a visual, artistic and educational perspective of the classic world of automobiles.

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Partnership opportunities/General information
Diane Flis-Schneider, Executive Director, Concours d’Elegance of America
dianeschneider@concoursusa.org
Office: (248) 643-8645
Cell: (248) 421-7698

Media Contact
Justin Near of Near Perfect Media for Concours d’Elegance of America
justin@nearperfectmedia.com
Office: (248) 430-7627

Media Inquiries

Justin Near

Near Perfect Media

248-855-4300 ext. 1

justin@nearperfectmedia.com

 

Concours d’Elegance of America Announces  

2017 Collectors and Enthusiast of the Year

Troy, MI – April x, 2017 – Concours d’Elegance of America today announced Arturo and Deborah Keller as the Collectors of the Year, and Ralph Gilles as the Enthusiast of the Year for the 39th annual event.

The Kellers will display five of their most striking aerodynamic coupes. These vehicles will include:

 

  • 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C2300 by Viotti
  • 1938 Bentley 4-1/4 Litre Pourtout-built Duralumin-bodied coupe
  • 1939 Autobahnkurier by Sindelfingen
  • 1938 Talbot Lago 150C Aero Coupe
  • 1931 Duesenberg Model SJ

Vehicles in the Keller’s Petaluma, Calif.–based collection have appeared in top-level concours events since the early 1980s. The collection is not open to the public.

“Our vehicles have been to events all over the world, but the Motor City has a special place in our hearts,” said Deborah and Arturo Keller. “Concours d’Elegance of America takes place at the epicenter of the automotive industry and we love showcasing our European collection and taking in  all of the other impressive global vehicles on display.”

Ralph Gilles, head of design for Fiat Chrysler Corporation, will have a dozen vehicles on display this year under the theme “Form Follows Passion.” Those vehicles include:

  • 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Zagato
  • 1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo Stradale
  • 1969 Alfa Romeo GTV
  • 2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
  • 2011 Ferrari Italia 458
  • 1989 Dodge Viper Concept
  • 2000 Dodge Viper GTS-R ALMS
  • 2000 Dodge Viper GTS-R Concept
  • 2016 Dodge Viper ACR Extreme
  • 2018 Dodge Demon
  • 1998 Chrysler Chronos Concept
  • 2004 Chrysler ME412 Concept

“The juxtaposition of old and ‘newer’ vehicles at Concours d’Elegance of America highlights how iconic designs of the past continue to transcend decades,” said Gilles.  “Whether it’s a ’57 Alfa Romeo or the newly introduced Dodge Demon, you can see the passion for design combined with the need for outstanding performance.  I’m really looking forward to talking about  how design meets performance with true enthusiasts,” he said.

During the weekend of July 28-30, a series of events will take place at the Inn at St. John’s, including: a motoring tour, charity dinner supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, vehicle seminars, a luncheon to support Project Beautiful Inside and Out and more than 300 vehicles and motorcycles on display.  For a complete event schedule visit http://www.concoursusa.org/general-info/schedule-of-events.
For more information, visit ConcoursUSA.org. General admission tickets are $35 and may be purchased at http://concoursusa.org/general-info/tickets.

About Concours d’Elegance

The Concours d’Elegance has its roots in 17th century France, when the aristocracy would parade their horse-drawn carriages through the parks of Paris. With the advent of the automobile, Concours d’Elegance events evolved into competitions between automobile manufacturers, custom coachbuilders, and owners, whose vehicles were judged on the beauty of their design. The Concours d’Elegance of America originated at Oakland University’s Meadow Brook Hall, and in 2011, this world-class event moved to the beautiful grounds of the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Mich.