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2020 Concours d’Elegance of America Postponed to 2021

The Concours d’Elegance of America has been closely monitoring the news of the Covid-19 pandemic facing our state and nation.  After careful consideration and following the Governor of Michigan’s guidelines, the Board of Directors have made the decision to postpone the 2020 Concours d’Elegance of America to July 23-25, 2021.

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our; collectors, judges, partners, volunteers, spectators, and venue host The Inn at St. John’s for their unwavering support and commitment.  We hope you all accept our invitation to join us in 2021!

“Postponing this year’s event was not an easy decision,” said Chairman of the Board, Larry Moss. “With continued health concerns a top priority, we felt it was in the best interest of our Concours’ collectors, partners, volunteers, judges, and spectators to reschedule the event.  We are happy to announce our 2021 honorees: Collector of the Year, the Honorable Judge Joseph C. Cassini lll and Enthusiast of the Year, Moray Callum, Vice President Design, Ford Motor Company. We look forward with great enthusiasm to next year, when we can all come together again and celebrate our love of the automobile.”

To our patrons, all tickets purchased to date for the 42nd Concours d’Elegance of America will be valid for the event on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Ticket purchasers who cannot attend the 42nd Concours, can request a refund beginning June 1, 2020, by emailing taranoftz@concoursusa.org.

 

2021 Featured Artist – Carolyn Peters

The Board of Directors is proud to announce Carolyn Peters as our 2021 Featured Artist. Carolyn will be the first female artist to produce our Concours poster art and grace the front cover our commemorative magazine. Among her many accomplishments, Carolyn taught at College for Creative Studies before retiring in 2018. Today she continues to do consulting work in concept design and painting.

The inspiration for this year’s poster is ConcourUSA’s 2021 Collector of the Year, Joe Cassini’s 1927 Isotta Fraschini.

Join us Friday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 25th as we honor Carolyn during the 42nd Concours d’Elegance of America at The Inn at St. John’s.

2021 Enthusiast of the Year Moray Callum

The Concours d’Elegance of America Board of Directors is proud to announce Moray Callum, Vice President Design Ford Motor Company, as the 2021 Enthusiast of the Year.

The Concours is excited to honor Moray for the dedication and generosity he has shown to our event over the years. His innovation and reputation in automotive design is recognized throughout the world. It is this richly-deserved distinction to which we will pay tribute.

Join us as we honor Moray, July 23-25 during the Concours d’Elegance of America, at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI.

2021 Collector of the Year Joseph Cassini, III

The Board of Directors is proud to name long-time friend Joseph Cassini, III, of West Orange, NJ as our 2020 Collector of the Year. Joe will be showing a selection of his award winning vehicles at our event on Sunday, July 25, 2021.

Pictured above and right: 1932 Stutz DV-32 Convertible Victoria; Joseph and Margie Cassini, III; West Orange, NJ

2021 ConcoursUSA – Roaring into the 20’s

The 2021 Concours presents a look at the automotive industry “past, present and future” as we Roar into the 20’s. A retrospect in design, engineering and innovation both American and Foreign. Today we highlight the early 30’s. In early 1930 America is battling the Great Depression which adversely affected the automotive sales, dropping by over 70 percent. Although sales were diminishing automotive design and engineering were reaching new levels.

1935 Duesenberg J Roadster

Pictured here: 1935 Duesenberg J Roadster – 2008 Best in Show American – Sam and Emily Mann

American Innovation

Deep in the heartland of Iowa, bicycle makers August and Fred Duesenberg began playing with gasoline engines in 1900. By 1906, they were manufacturing cars. Their company failed, but they developed an engine which did well in the Indianapolis 500. During World War I, they built aircraft engines for the military and then used this experience to design their famous straight-eight engine.

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Pictured here: 1934 Lancia Belna Eclipse – The most outstanding Italian car award 2016 – Donald Bernstein 

Foreign Innovation

This Lancia Belna is one of just two known surviving Pourtet Belna’s. The Lancia Belna was built at Lancia’s first non-Italian plant that was located in France. They opened this factory in 1931 and began producing the Lancia Augusta there in 1934. All of the French-built Augustas would be called “Belna” which translates from Hungarian to “gut”.

2021 Nominations Open

For details and nomination forms please click button below.

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Congratulations to our 2019 Award Winners.  Follow the link below for a complete list of all winners.

Pictured above: 1959 Ferrari 250 TDF Coupe, The Patterson Collection, Louisville, KY

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Thank you to our 2019 Partners and Vendors. To see a full list of our 2019 vendors/partners follow the link below.
2021 Partner/Vendor opportunities are now available. For more information contact Rosalind Zukowski, via email rosalind@concoursusa.org.

Patterson

Taking you back to the 38th annual Concours with our 2016 Collectors of the Year – The Patterson Collection and the award winning collection that they shared with our audience. The Patterson Collection has been a passage of life. Jim Patterson Sr. always had a passion for cars, but what really got him into the hobby, was his son, Jim Patterson II. Jim II was always going to car shows, and it became a great father and son bonding experience. With financial success, Mr. Patterson was able to obtain the cars he loved as a child. One of the first cars of the Patterson collection was a corvette, serial number 21, in terrible condition. This was the 21st corvette made in 1953 and, most likely only one of a few left today. Another one of the Patterson’s first cars was the 300 SL Mercedes Benz.It was the car that Jim had always wanted. The Patterson’s renowned collection has won awards at every major show they have shown at, and we are proud to celebrate their incredible collection and their passion for perfection.

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