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, the historic home of Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automotive pioneer John Dodge. In 2011 this world-class event moved to the beautiful grounds of the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.
In keeping with our tradition of showcasing classic, rare and magnificent automobiles, the car selection committee continues to invite a unique collection of vehicles to be displayed. What was once a one day show is now an esteemed lifestyle event with many activities throughout the weekend. Including the Concours Invitational Art Exhibition featuring fine automotive artists from around the world and fashions presented by Detroit’s own, John Varvatos, Paper Dress Company and Lilac Pop.
With the support of our board of directors, collectors, volunteers and patrons the Concours is proud to give back to the communities who have supported this event. Throughout our 41 years the Concours d’Elegance of America has been dedicated to philanthropic efforts contributing over $5M to; the restoration of Meadow Brook Hall and many other charitable organizations in our Community.
Since 2015 the Concours d’Elegance of America has partnered with JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Project Beautiful – Inside and Out, Kettering University and College for Creative Studies. Through contributions and collaboration our focus is to positively impact our youth and next generation of automotive enthusiasts.
We look forward to welcoming you to the 41st Annual Concours d’Elegance on July 26-28, 2018, at the Inn at St. John’s in historic Plymouth, Michigan.
We are pleased to return to this beautiful facility with handsome grounds for showcasing the invited world-class vehicles. The luxurious boutique style hotel on the premises incorporates charming meeting rooms and fine dining facilities.
The Inn at St. John’s is a facility rich with history and beauty. Its story begins in the late 1940s when St. John’s Provincial Seminary opened its doors. In 1955, its remarkable chapel was dedicated. The seminary continued to serve the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit until 1988, when it closed. The property remained dormant until 1994, when Cardinal Adam J. Maida brought to life a vision of reviving the property as a resource for diocesan youth and families. His vision became reality when, in 1996, St. John’s Center for Youth & Family opened on the South side of the property.
The rebirth of the historic facility surged again in 1998, when work commenced on an $11 million redevelopment of St. John’s main buildings into a comprehensive center for corporate and social conferences, Catholic weddings and celebrations. Upon completion of the careful restoration process, October 2000 marked the Grand Opening of St. John’s Golf & Conference Center.
With a new name that encompasses the entire growing property, The Inn at St. John’s is pleased to announce another exciting addition as of December 2005 — our Grande Ballroom. The largest ballroom at the conference center, with seating for up to 450, The Grande Ballroom is a spectacular space that features a traditional color palette, signature china and time-honored furnishings.
An even more dramatic piece of St. John’s history took place in January 2006; the opening of The Inn at St. John’s hotel and restaurant addition. This upscale property features 118 luxury guestrooms and offers every convenience of a large hotel in an intimate setting. As a boutique hotel, we look forward to assuring guests our personal attention, exceptional amenities and service that will exceed their every expectation.