37th Concours d’Elegance of America

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1938 Peugeot 402 Darl’Mat Special Sport Roadster arrives for review | Kevin A. Wilson photos
1938 Peugeot 402 Darl’Mat Special Sport Roadster arrives for review | Kevin A. Wilson photos
1938 Peugeot 402 Darl’Mat Special Sport Roadster arrives for review | Kevin A. Wilson photos

After a full, sunny day spent roaming the show field at the former seminary that is the Inn at St. John’s, viewing nearly 300 cars and meeting with the gathered clan of car collectors and admirers, one can only agree with the credo of the Enthusiast of the Year, Bruce Meyer: “Never Lift!” Because if you do, you’re going to miss something.

Billed as the 37th annual staging of this premier concours, the Concours d’Elegance of America  (it moved to its current venue five years ago so isn’t it finally time we can we stop reminding people that it was first known as the Meadow Brook Concours?), it takes a team of 18 to make the selection of invited entries. That team does an exceptional job, finding the rare and precious examples even as the concours stretches its boundaries to include classes for early Japanese sports cars, drag racers, dry lake racers, midgets and sprint cars, muscle cars, 1980s dream cars, and more.

Fresh restorations or lovingly preserved originals, they’re all welcome and celebrated for their unique attributes.

Did we say “nearly 300” cars? Yes, we did. And of such high quality that the accompanying selection of photos, of necessity, omits as many stunners as it includes. Consider it not “coverage” of the event but simply a gathering of impressions, a few memorable moments lifted from among many, many more.

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Photos by Kevin A. Wilson

 

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Kevin A. Wilson is a freelance automotive editor, writer and historian working in the Detroit area. Currently a contributing editor to both Car and Driver and Popular Mechanics, he previously worked at AutoWeek magazine in various roles including Executive Editor, Senior Editor for Special Projects and as a columnist. He has served as a judge at many automotive art shows, car shows and concours, and is chief judge for the annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show. He lives in Waterford, MI with his wife Toni in the same home where they raised their three sons.