February Concours Newsletter

2011 Original Poster Art

TROY, MI–The Concours d’Elegance of America is pleased to announce the completion of the official Poster Art for the 2011 Concours at St. John’s. World renowned automotive artist, Jay Koka, accepted the challenge of creating the first poster for the Concours’ new venue, The Inn at St. John’s. For the past 32 years, the event was held at Meadow Brook Hall; and the Hall had always been a vital element of the poster art.

Koka had this to say after completing the 44” x 60” acrylic on canvas:”Creating the first poster art for an event is an exciting project because in some ways it sets the benchmark for what follows. I’ve done many event posters in the past 25 years and I’m always looking over my shoulder to see what went before me as I work very hard to come up with a new and unique perspective. So you can imagine how refreshing it is to just forge ahead … and in this instance, the subject matter was great. I’m honored to have worked on this project and hope that the show participants and the attending public will enjoy my work.”

Koka celebrated the 25th anniversary of the founding of his studio and continues his creative quest. He explores two style extremes, realism and impressionism, which results in works of genuine surprise. Koka has an online catalog of his over one-hundred-fifty print and poster editions: www.jaykokastudio.com and www.autoartprints.com.

Koka will be among 12 artists from around the world who will display and sell their work at the Invitational Concours Art Tent on the show field on Sunday, July 31, 2011. The 2011 Poster Art will be sold at live auction during the Annual Gala on Saturday, July 30th at The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI.

Scooter/Moped Class Announcement

TROY, MI–The Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s (formerly held at Meadow Brook Hall) is looking for vintage scooters for a special display at the Concours on Sunday, July 31, 2011. The Selection Committee has defined scooters as generally a two-wheeled vehicle, manufactured before 1970, with a step through body frame, smaller wheels and smaller engines without a chain. Earlier models, e.g. Cushmans, have some but not all of these features. Mopeds would have a linkage system. The Selection Committee’s focus is on design, historical significance, original condition and restoration, i.e. excellent original and restored scooters.

For the first time in history, the Concours will mix it up with antique and fine vintage cars at our new venue, The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI. With this experiment of introducing a new class of vehicles for display and judging, the Selection Committee welcomes contact from a new community of industrial design enthusiasts with nominations for display in our Concours d’Elegance Scooter/Moped Class. Our Concours cannot overlook a mode of transportation that provides so much style, fun, fashion, and mobility to young people and enthusiasts!

We are also accepting applications for our Scooter Club Parking for tourists on two wheels. Special activities and a Saturday, July 30th Scooter Tour are in the planning stages.

Photo by Bill Loizon

To download a printable nomination form, please follow this link: http://concoursusa.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2011-Scooter-Nomination-Form.pdf

Indy Race Car Class

The Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the first running of the Indianapolis 500 with an incredible display of 33 historic Indy race cars on Sunday, July 31st. So far, 26 cars have been invited including a 1913 Mercer, a 1924 Barber-Warnock Special (pictured), and a 1964 Watson Roadster, one of the earlier rear-engine Indy cars.

Joe Freeman is bringing his 1915 Duesenberg all the way from Boston, MA, where he publishes books about historic racers. The 4-cylinder Duesenberg was second in the 1916 Indy 500.

John Snowberger’s two-man 1932 Hupp-Comet will also be at the Concours. Snowberger’s father, Russell, built the car and at the 1932 Indy 500, he finished fifth. John purchased the car and completed the restoration in his Sterling Heights, MI garage.

The Car Selection Committee is still looking for important historic Indy race cars, especially 1911 to 1924 cars. If you know of any great cars from this early era, please send a note to jimmccarter@concoursusa.org.

Concours d’Elegance of America Office
1728 Maplelawn Drive
Troy, Michigan 48084
Tel: (248) 643-8645
Fax: (248) 643-8907

James McCarter, Executive Director jimmccarter@concoursusa.org
Tina G. Pesek, Events Manager tina@concoursusa.org
Brian Joseph, Car Selection Chairman bjoseph@concoursusa.org

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