New concours in northern Indiana takes the place of Michigan event

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The concours will have a featured class for Studebaker Hawk | Studebaker National Museum

When the Concours d’Elegance of Southwest Michigan was discontinued in 2017 after 13 years, classic car enthusiasts were left without a premier regional event to show off the best of their own vintage vehicles, as well as viewing others from around the country. 

But just a year later and not far from St. Joseph, Michigan, where the event had been held, the Studebaker National Museum of South Bend, Indiana, has organized the inaugural Concours d’Elegance at Copshalholm, scheduled for Saturday, August 11 at the Copshalholm House Museum. 

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The Copshaholm estate was the home of a 19th Century industrialist | Copshaholm House

The stately mansion, which sits adjacent to the Studebaker museum, is also known as the John D. Oliver House, home of the 19th Century industrialist and his family.  The mansion is surrounded by 2.5 acres of landscaped gardens and other grounds.

About 80 vehicles will be displayed and judged during the one-day concours. While the new event calls itself “the premier celebration of automotive design and styling in Northern Indiana,” the event also will feature special vintage vehicles from many marques and nations, according to the organizers. 

Classes feature Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg, Packard, Hoosier Classics, Studebaker Hawks, European Speed, Convertibles, One-of-a-Kind, Hoosier Centenarians, Microcars, and Original and Unrestored.

Aside from the vehicle displays, judging and awards ceremonies, there will be special attractions held in the Studebaker Styling Studio on the museum’s second floor.

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For more information, visit the event website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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