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Concours of America: Sunday photos

Sunday is Concours Day

by Howard Cohen
For the past few decades, I have travelled from Toronto to the Concours of America, first at Meadow Brook Hall and now at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan. Each facility is beautiful and makes for a fantastic background for some of the best cars you may ever see. This year was spectacular, as I expected. Some of the highlighted class included Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Ferrari. Other beautiful marques were Packard, Duesenberg, Cord, Detroit Electric, Graham, Hudson and more. A special treat for this year was the first unveiling to the public of the all new 2020 Corvette, rear engine, accessories and all presented in a special showcase.

My Sunday started by watching some of the cars get unloaded from their trailers, then drive onto the grounds and head for their special spots.

My next stop was to see the 2020 Corvette, one in light blue and one in racy red with a display of various accessories, colour choices, seat options, etc., etc., etc..
I then viewed a display of cars with various modes of power, electric, steam, etc. The Detroit Electric was beautifully restored as was the Baker Runabout. There was also a Chrysler Turbine Car that drove in!
There was a lineup of vintage drag race cars, some restored, some not, all taking me back to being 16 again.
I took in the muscle car era, loving the Dodge Daytona for its extreme race styling and over the top nose and wing.
There were some beautiful European cars on display including Alfa Romeo, Mercedes and Jaguar.
The racing highlight of the show may have been the 1967 Ford GT 40 Mk IV, built to CanAm G7A specifications with no roof section. Although this car never raced, it has all the racy look it needs to stop fans in their tracks.
Other race car highlights came from a Pickering, Ontario collector with a 1961 Cooper T55 as raced by Bruce McLaren and a 1948 Talbot-Lago T26C.
Some of the American 50s and 60s cars were outstanding, such as the 1963 Studebaker Avanti, 1958 Buick Caballero Estate Wagon, 1950 Muntz Jet and the 1956 Continental Mk II Coupe.
The ‘Collector of the Year’ came from Oklahoma with six magnificent Cadillac V16 cars from the 1930s, part of a much larger collection.
The ‘Best of Show’ winner for an American car was a 1938 Graham 97 Convertible by Saoutchik, a custom made Sharknose work of art. This car was also the ‘Best of Show’ winner at the Cobble Beach Concours by Owen Sound, Ontario four years ago.
With over 300 cars in the Concours, some of which have never been seen before, and over 1,000 touring the grounds throughout the weekend, this event is a must see. Next year is already being planned. I will be there.

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