Our story

Our story

What began as The Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance in 1979 at Oakland University has since grown from a one-day show into an esteemed lifestyle event spanning the weekend. 

 

In 2011, it moved to the grounds of the Inn at St. John’s and, over the next 10 years, was known as the Concours d’Elegance of America. Throughout all that time, our passion for hosting an event that truly celebrates the automobile has remained steadfast, and each year we continue our commitment to showcasing classic, rare and magnificent vehicles.

The road ahead

In 2021, the Concours d’Elegance of America joined the growing lineup of immersive Hagerty automotive experiences. With years of expertise hosting car-centric events and a mission to fuel car culture, Hagerty is proud to continue this significant tradition. The Detroit Concours is a celebration of everything Motor City, curated to recognize the importance Detroit has in automotive history, while also honoring automotive greatness from around the world.

The show’s home

The show’s home

In 2021, the Concours d’Elegance of America joined the growing lineup of immersive Hagerty automotive experiences. With years of expertise hosting car-centric events and a mission to fuel car culture, Hagerty is proud to continue this significant tradition. The Detroit Concours is a celebration of everything Motor City, curated to recognize the importance Detroit has in automotive history, while also honoring automotive greatness from around the world.

MAKING AN IMPACT

Hagerty is committed to fueling car culture, honoring Detroit’s automotive heritage and helping to save driving for future generations. Together with students, residents and attendees, we support local nonprofit efforts that empower small businesses and drive economic development. 

 

September is also Detroit Month of Design. Learn more here.

 

Non-profit Partners

 

We believe cars are the vehicles to the best things in life, connecting us through meaningful experiences and building our communities. 

 

We are an inclusive automotive community where all are welcomed, valued and belong regardless of race, gender, age or car preference.

 

We are united by our shared passion for driving, our commitment to preserve car culture for future generations and our desire to make a positive impact in the world.

 

That is why we are proud to support these local non-profits and their efforts:

College for Creative Studies

College for Creative Studies

The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is located in midtown Detroit and strives to provide students with the tools needed for successful careers in the dynamic and growing creative industries. The College is a major supplier of talent to numerous industries, such as transportation, film and animation, advertising and communications, consumer electronics, athletic apparel, and many more. CCS plays a key role in Detroit’s cultural and educational communities, enrolling more than 1,400 students, pursuing Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts and Master of Arts degrees Transportation Design, Art Education, Design for Climate Action, Product Design and more. The College offers free art education for more than 4,000 Detroit youth annually through its Community Arts Partnership and the College’s University Prep: Art & Design is a public charter middle and high school enrolling more than 800 students in a high-performance academic curriculum with a special focus on art and design.

Midtown Detroit, Inc.

Midtown Detroit, Inc.

Midtown Detroit Inc. (MDI) provides funding for Detroit through their mission to support and enhance community and economic development, while preserving and promoting culture in the Midtown & New Center areas. They represent over 150 area stakeholders, including Detroit's anchor educational, medical and cultural institutions and have invested nearly $800M in projects since 2014 (parks, greenspace, infrastructure + public space improvements, etc.). MDI has supported openings + expansions of 178 small businesses since 2014 and provides affordable housing to help keep residents within the city, storefront rent assistance, free events and so much more.

DRIVE One Detroit

DRIVE One Detroit

Drive One Detroit provides Metro-Detroit area at-risk youth with vocational training in automotive technology, machining, welding, woodworking and transportation design. They provide a career building technical education and training vocational skill-sets to students grades 7-12 who are seeking pragmatic education based options, a technology-centric school, or whose interest in technology is keen but underserved or unavailable.

Hagerty Drivers Foundation

The Hagerty Drivers Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit launched in 2021 by Hagerty. With the purpose of ensuring car culture is celebrated and accessible to everyone while providing funding for automotive training and education, the Hagerty Drivers Foundation provides scholarships for students in the automotive field of education, as well as students seeking formal driver education training.

 

In addition, the Foundation continues to build a federally recognized program – the National Historic Vehicle Register – that documents and records the important history of our automotive past.We believe cars are an important part of our history and culture. Loved by millions, enthusiast vehicles and the lifestyle that revolves around them are an important part of our cultural fabric as a society and provide significant economic impact. Through the generosity of many individuals and companies, we are focused on a future where all vehicles regardless of age, power source or mode of operation coexist on public roadways. 

Volunteers keep our motor running

Ready to immerse yourself in fun, car-centric events? There are so many opportunities to join the Detroit Concours staffing crew as a volunteer and to be a part of an unforgettable event experience. We promise you’ll have a great time while also helping to keep car culture thriving. Along with our gratitude, all volunteers receive lunch on the days they help and an official Detroit Concours d’Elegance volunteer shirt. 

 

Application to register as a volunteer coming soon.

 

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