After more than 30 years of celebrating Detroit’s “love affair” with the automobile at Meadow Brook Hall on the campus of Oakland University, the Concours d’Elegance of America will relocate to The Inn at St John’s in Plymouth, Michigan for the July 31, 2011 Concours.
The Inn at St John’s offers the Concours 197 acres of handsome grounds for showcasing the “by invitation only” world-class automobiles traditionally shown at the Concours. The luxury hotel at the Inn at St. John’s provides charming meeting rooms, banquet halls, fine dining facilities and additional rooms at an adjacent sister hotel.
The meeting rooms and conference areas feature natural exterior window light for seminars, demonstrations and ancillary Concours events; two large ballrooms; a capacious display field; a 27-hole golf course adjacent to the former Seminary; and a location in close proximity to Detroit International Airport and the area’s major Interstate highways.
The Inn at St John’s is located at 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth, Michigan 48170. (www.stjohnsgolfconference.com). St John’s event coordinator is Dana Orlando. She can be reached at (734) 414-0600. “The management, staff and the Board of Directors are thrilled that the Concours d’Elegance of America is moving to St John’s,” said Orlando. “We do not look at the Concours as a customer…we look them as our partner in this event and our service will demonstrate that view.”
The Concours’ Board of Directors has stated that its decision to move this world-class event to St. John’s was not taken lightly. “Our many years at Meadow Brook Hall have been wonderful,” remarked Concours Chairman Peter Heydon. “We have shared Detroit’s passion for the automobile with friends from all over the world on the beautiful lawns of Meadow Brook Hall. But as times have changed, the economics of producing an event such as ours necessitates the presence of an on-site hotel with conference facilities specifically designed for large events. We will dearly miss the Hall; but many of our Exhibitors and Sponsors have looked for us to make such a change as this for some time.
“While the venue will change, the character of the Concours will not: Sunday Concours Day, RM’s Saturday Auction, The Motoring Tour, Seminars and weekend Gala will remain as continuing features of the 2011 event at The Inn at St. John’s.” For more information on this new release, please contact Concours Executive Director James McCarter at 248-643-8645.