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Concours of America Finds Life After Meadowbrook

Bigger than ever, gathering highlights 100 years of Indy.

by on Aug.01, 2011

Best in Show Winners: a 1933 Dusenberg Model SJ owned by John D. Groendyke, and a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahnkurier owned by Arturo & Deborah Keller. Photo by Len Katz.

One of the nation’s largest historic car shows got off without a hitch over the weekend.  That might not seem like a story worth telling but for the fact that what had been known, for more than 30 years, as the Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance made a major move this time, not only finding a new home but adding an assortment of new events – and nearly 50% more classic cars.

Renamed the Concours d’Elegance of America, the show abandoned its long-time venue at the old Meadowbrook estate, onetime home of auto pioneer Horace and Matilda Dodge.  Its new home is the Inn at St. John’s a former Catholic Church retreat  the far west edge of metro Detroit.  The move had many long-time fans – and some organizers – worried.  But the effort was rewarded by overflow attendance – never mind one of the best car collections the Concours has ever drawn.

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Spread out across the sprawling grounds of the Inn were more than 325 vehicles – including 30 rare Indy cars tracing the 100-year history of the Indianapolis 500.  Organizers also expanded the traditional definition of a classic car show by luring in eight legendary drag racing funny cars.

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