Louis Aguilar and Hannah Mackay
| The Detroit News
The Detroit classic car show Concours d’Elegance held its first event on the outdoor grounds of the Detroit Institute of Arts on Sunday, where 120 innovatively designed automobiles were displayed amid the formal elegance of the world-class art museum. .
A black 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC sat near the massive black steel Gracehoper, a 1962 sculpture by Tony Smith on the DIA’s North Lawn.
The Ferrari is owned by Dwayne Fietzer of Dexter, who spent eight years restoring the Italian sports car bought by his father.
“I’m just doing it to brag,” said Fietzer, when asked why he chose to enter the Ferrari in the Concours d’Elegance.
The event had been rooted in metropolitan Detroit for 43 years, first at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills and then at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth. Hagerty Drivers Club, an automotive lifestyle brand that hosted the event, decided to move it downtown after buying the event last year.
The Concours d’Elegance events will now take place in Detroit, according to Peter Fink, vice president of events and experiences at Hagerty.
“We just think it’s the right place to really celebrate, you know, the culture and all things automotive for the industry,” Fink said.
The DIA was chosen in part because it is located along Woodward Avenue, officials said. In 1909 Woodward became the first paved road in America when 1 mile was paved.
Near Alexander Calder’s sheet steel sculpture The X and Its Tails stood a row of post-war European automobiles being inspected by a trio of seasoned judges for the event.
When Judge Wayne Carini called for a gray 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series to be started, he smiled as the engine purred. “It’s nice. I never get tired of hearing that sound,” Carini said.
“I was a judge for many years. My father was also an automobile enthusiast,” Carini said. He has childhood memories of attending car shows with his father, he said.
The Concours is a competition in which judges evaluate cars and name the best in class and the best in the show.
“This year we really wanted to celebrate the Motor City, so we created three very Detroit-centric feature classes,” Brewer said.
This year’s classes were the cars of Harley Earl, General Motor Corp.’s first design chief; the Detroit Autorama; and the cars of Woodward Avenue.
A 1937 Chapron Delahaye 135M convertible shown by Tom McGough of Shoreview, Minnesota was named best in show.
The Competition has partnered with local nonprofits, including Midtown Detroit, the College for Creative Studies and DRIVE One Detroit, and raised $55,000 for local charities over the weekend, according to a press release. sunday.
“We really wanted the city of Detroit to be part of the show,” Brewer said. “It’s so much more than our show, you know, it’s a celebration of the Motor City.”
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