A thirty-odd year legacy can be difficult to overcome
but the relocated Meadow Brook Concours now resident at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth Michigan and renamed the St. John's Concours d'Elegance seems to have done just that.
Sunday July 31st dawned with the promise of beautiful, perfect concours weather and by noon as the mercury climbed ever closer to 90 degrees and public attendance figures reached towards 11,000 plus, the organizers knew they had a hit on their hands. Exhibitors and public alike agreed that the 197 acres of expanded display space afforded by the St. John's golf course and the convenient, adjacent The Inn at St. John's hotel with its meeting rooms and banquet halls combined to provide an ideal concours setting.
Jim McCarter, Executive Director commented "Our move to St John's couldn't have gone any better. We broke all attendance records (over 11,000 and still counting advance ticket receipts), the volunteers adapted quickly and the new host's at St John's were
gracious and cooperative. We are already working on enhancements for 2012."
Brian Joseph, Chairman of the Selection Committee said, "The more open space allowed us to have a larger field and we were able to do the dedicated Duesenberg display and honor the 100 anniversary of the Indy-500 and the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet. This was a compliment to Detroit."
"I was pleasantly surprised." First time concours visitor Lindsay Evans agrees, "the lush golf course was the perfect setting and the trees provided some
much needed shade from the hot sun. ...the heat didn't keep anyone from
coming out to see this spectacular exhibition of classic cars, vintage
Indy cars, drag racers and the latest European sports cars."
Meadow Brook had a long tradition of presenting a significant by-invitation art show.
In fact, it defined the very concept of an art exhibition as a component of a Concours. With 13 invited