Most major concours have turned into multiday affairs which result in sensory overload by the time the actual event occurs. When it’s over, participants can’t wait to get out of the sun and loaded up and headed home.
For true aficionados that prefer to see, smell and listen to these artistic masterpieces under their own power, this is magic time.
Forget about getting up at 3 a.m. for viewing cars by flashlight in such famed rituals as Pebble Beach’s Dawn Patrol. Grab a seat, open your cooler and let the cars come to you in the light of day. Who doesn’t love a parade?
The field exit of the 2018 Concours d’Elegance of America held July 27-29 at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan narrowed the stream of show cars through one path – which any fly-fisherman will tell you is exactly where you want to position yourself for the best luck.
The concours is considered one of the country’s premier automotive events, and its proximity to Detroit always yields surprises from the manufacturer’s heritage collections.
Included in the footage above is a rare chance to see the incredible 1967 Gyro-X in motion, piloted by Jeff Lane from the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville. The two-wheeled futuristic wonder uses revolutionary gyroscopic technology to remain upright.
So, with much of the nation’s roads bracing for snow and our classics put to bed for the winter, curl up with a warm blanket and let’s look back with fondness on what a grand summer it was.