Press Release

The 36th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America Returns to the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth on July 25-27, 2014


Unlike any other Concours in the world, Concours d’Elegance of America is dedicated to the Genius of the Automobile. It is a unique celebration of exotic, beautiful and historically important automobiles and the people behind them: their innovations, designs and technology that influenced the world.

Keeping this mission in mind, this year’s event features an unmatched range of innovative, one-of-a-kind automobiles that include everything from the most famous European and American race cars in history including the 1919 Paige 6-66 Daytona Speedster Prototype and the first Nash-Healy Roadster, regarded by many as the first true American Sports car. A special exhibit of the break-through “Forward Look” automobiles of visionary designer Virgil Exner will delight patrons. Speaking of Forward Look, an unusual class will feature Jet Age pick-up trucks. Another unusual class will feature the most famous vintage drag bikes. And, of course, the field will showcase the magnificent Classic Era automobiles that The St. John’s Concours, formerly the Meadow Brook Concours, has long been known for.

A portion of proceeds of the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s is designated for the College for Creative Studies (CCS), known for its world pre-eminent automotive design curriculum; Hospice of Michigan; Leader Dogs for the Blind, and Yatooma’s Foundation for The Kids.

The Setting

The Inn at St. John’s offers the Concours more than 200 acres of beautifully landscaped countryside and handsome grounds for showcasing the “by invitation only” world class automobiles traditionally shown at the event. The showcase autos compete for honors during the show. Classic, rare and magnificent automobiles from across the country and the world have been invited to participate.

The Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s offers visitors an unparalleled experience of elegance from another era and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see so many valuable and important automobiles at one place and at one time. The total field is valued at well over 25 million dollars.

The handsome and wide ranging facility at St. John’s offers a capacious display field, a 27 hole golf course adjacent to the former Seminary and supremely elegant facilities with 25 foot ceilings, hand painted inlays, dramatic lighting and soaring windows. It includes two ballrooms, a handsome atrium and an adjacent luxury hotel.

The Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s on Sunday, July 27 is open to the public and takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $25 General Admission includes free parking, shuttle and program book. Mode du Concours Fashion Shows throughout the event, matching vintage fashions with cars, are part of the presentation at the judges stand. Special VIP passes with onsite parking are available.

The Inn at St. John’s is located at 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, Mi 48170.

Related Activities Include a Motoring Tour, VIP collection tour, Seminars, RM Motor City Auction, Art Show and More

Two days of auto related events lead up to the big Concours day.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Automotive Art Exhibition

Garden Gallery
9 12 p.m.

RM Motor City Auctions-Preview

St. John’s Grande Ballroom Parking Lot
Friday, July 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Open to the public. Inspect the fine lineup of cars that RM Auctions will be putting on the block on Saturday.

Autobahn Night presented by Kip Sheward Motorsports

St. John’s Parking Lot
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
German-origin car clubs are taking over the parking lot in front of St. John’s for an evening of fun and food. Call Dave Renner at 734-347-3826 for more information.

Motoring Tour presented by Hagerty Insurance

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Limited Availability

Caravan tour departs from The Inn at St. John’s. Classic autos will drive along a scenic route to Roush Automotive Collection and Museum: a 30,000 sq. ft. private facility dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of Roush Enterprises, featuring multi-media exhibits, artifacts, memorabilia and more than 110 vehicles. The tour then heads to downtown Northville to enjoy lunch at the Garage, a first class restaurant uniquely set in a fully restored 1940s gas station. Classic cars and motorcycles, pre-1970, are welcome. Cost: $90 per vehicle and driver, $35 for each additional passenger. Limited availability.

VIP Tour –presented by AIG Private Client Group and TDC Risk Management and Collection Car Insurance

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Limited Availability

Departs from St. John’s by charter motor coach to tour Roush Automotive Collection and Museum, a 30,000 sq. ft. private facility dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of Roush Enterprises, featuring multi-media exhibits, artifacts, memorabilia and more than 110 vehicles and The Lingenfelter Collection featuring some 150 vehicles that make up one of the greatest car collection in the United States featuring Corvettes, Muscle Cars, European Exotics – Ferrari’s etc., and 100% Lingenfelter. Cost: $100 per person.

Plymouth Friday Night Concert in the Park

Downtown Plymouth’s Friday Night Music in the Air
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Downtown Plymouth Friday Night Music in the Air. Enjoy live music and view Concours level automobiles in beautiful Kellogg Park located in the heart of Downtown Plymouth. Come early to enjoy dining at one of the over two dozen eateries or shopping at the many unique locally owned businesses. Cost: Free

RM Auctions Motor City Reception

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
St. John’s Grande Ballroom
Reception is open to all registered bidders and consignors of RM’s 2014 Motor City Auction.

Saturday, July 26

Automotive Art Exhibition

Garden Gallery
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Bosch Seminar Series

St. John’s Judea Room
No Charge

Hagerty Seminar – Unrestored Cars in the Marketplace

9 a.m.

A look at how to value unrestored cars. Hear well known experts Keith Martin, Don Osborne, Dave Kinney and Alain Squindo discuss the difference between barn finds, old restorations, and true preservation class cars and what’s worth paying a premium for and why.

Hagerty Seminar – Preserve It Versus Restore It

11 a.m.

A panel of three expert restorers and three staunch preservationists look at an unrestored car and share with the audience their strategies and thoughts about what the best approach to the car is: Do it all, do nothing or something in between. This highly interactive seminar will pit six opinionated experts against each other and the audience will be invited to join with questions and comments at any point.

Design Seminar


Virgil Exner, Jr. will host a seminar featuring the work of his father, designer Virgil Exner, and Chryslers Forward Look. A panel of former designers and experts will take a look back in history and discuss the evolution of the design.

RM Auctions Motor City Auction

St. John’s Grande Ballroom
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

RM Auctions, the official auction house of the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns, returns to America’s automotive heartland to celebrate 20 years of record-setting auctions in the Detroit area. A long standing summer tradition for motoring enthusiasts, the single-day sale, boasts a reputation for including a full range of American classics, with many being conceived and built right in the Motor City. This year’s auction will feature an exciting selection of more than 80 motor cars from such renowned Detroit made marques as Chrysler, Packard, Cadillac and Lincoln along with additional European highlights. Admission to the auction is restricted to qualified media, consignors and registered bidders only. Bidder registration is $200 and can be completed in advance of the sale at or onsite at the event. Complete auction catalogues may also be purchased online or at the event for $80. The digital catalogue will also be available online in advance of the sale. For more information, please contact RM Auctions at 800-211-4371 or visit their website:

Ladies Luncheon – “Purse-Suasion”

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Inn at St. John’s

A garden-style luncheon with informal modeling from Stefana Boutique, also featuring original creations by U & I Treasures, plus a silent auction featuring unique and one of a kind purse themed artworks. Cost: $50 per guest, $375 for a Table of 8

Italian Happening

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St. John’s Golf Course

The 2nd Annual gathering of Italian nameplates takes place on the 18th hole of the St. John’s golf course. Cars must register in advance. For more information call Dave Hammond at 248 -936-3000.

City of Northville Preview Party

3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Visit historic downtown Northville and check out the Concours-quality display of vintage automobiles, many of which are past Concours d’Elegance of America show cars. Dance the night away to swing music in Northville’s beautiful town square. Enjoy unique shopping and restaurants, too. Free shuttle to and from The Inn at St. John’s. Cost: Free

Saturday Night Celebration: “High Heels & Wheels”

St. John’s Atrium – $175 – Tickets available online or by calling the Concours office
6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Get ready to kick up your heels with excitement as you discover magical moments and unexpected turns along the road. Experience a strolling dinner that will take you on a culinary journey around the world. An elegant evening featuring entertainment, great food, and surprises along the way.

Sunday, July 27

36th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America

The Inn at St. John’s
44045 Five Mile Road
Plymouth, Michigan 48170
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

General Admission: $25 (Includes free parking, shuttle and Program Book)

Children 12 years of age and under are free with paid adult general admission.

VIP: $125 (Includes onsite parking, show admission, lunch inside St. John’s, VIP Viewing tent near the Judges’ Stand, Program Book and 2014 Poster)

For a limited time – VIP for 2

$200 – includes parking onsite at the Inn, 2 admission tickets, 2 buffet lunches in the ballroom, VIP viewing area, program book and poster

Automotive Art Exhibition

Concours Show Field
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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