GREAT POINTE FARMS. The Detroit Auto Show may make motorists dream of the vehicles of the future, but that doesn’t mean they can’t still appreciate the cars of the past.
The 15th Annual Grosse Pointe Concours d’Elegance, being held September 25 from 12pm to 3pm at Pier Park at Grosse Pointe Farms, gives local residents the opportunity to admire classic European and American vehicles and showcase their own special rides .
This family-friendly event, organized by the Grosse Pointe Farms non-profit foundation, begins with a parade of vehicles from the Hill Business District down Kercheval Avenue in the Farms to the Park, where they will be on display during the event. Admission and vehicle registration are free, and this event is open to residents – and vehicle owners – from all of Grosse Pointes.
At press time, Farms City Manager Shane Reeside said about 80 vehicles had already been registered to participate.
“If the weather cooperates, we should have[a good turnout],” Reeside said.
Dan Hughes, a board member and marketing director for the GPFF, said they had more than 120 cars last year. He said attendees had to display their vehicles in the Pier Park lot in 2021 because of the rain earlier in the week, but this year the vehicles are returning to the Pier Park lot.
Complimentary hot dogs, fries, and pop served while supplies last.
“It’s that time again, great cars and a fun time!” Hughes said via email.
The Grosse Pointe Concours d’Elegance began as an opportunity to highlight several improvements and additions to Pier Park – many funded in whole or in part by the GPFF. It has since become an annual fall tradition for residents of all ages.
The organizers say that this event generally attracts around 600-700 people as well as over 100 vehicles each year.
Because he won’t be in town, Farms Mayor Louis Theros will not be in attendance this year.
“I’m sorry I can’t be there,” Theros said. “This is one of my favorite events. I love that the Farms can be a part of the (automotive) history of our community and the legacy of the Motor City as the automotive capital of the world.”
The GPFF is hosting the first of its hopefully annual fundraiser in Pier Park on September 22 from 5:30pm to 8pm in the form of a cocktail party, with tickets priced at $75 per person or $130 for two. This year’s event coincides with the groundbreaking of a new children’s playground at Pier Park. Tickets are sold online through the GPFF’s website.
Pier Park is located at 350 Lake Shore Road. Although pre-registration for the concours is recommended, local residents are welcome to bring their vehicles to the show on the day of the event. To register a vehicle or for more information, visit www.grossepointefarmsfoundation.org.