TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., Sept. 15, 2022 – Built on the foundation of the Concours of America, the Detroit Concours d’Elegance is a celebration of the motoring spirit that has driven the tastemaking city of Detroit for more than a century. Formerly held in the nearby suburbs of Rochester Hills and later, Plymouth, Michigan, automotive lifestyle brand Hagerty recognized the opportunity to showcase automotive beauty at the Detroit Institute of Arts, a place that “connects people to art with programs, resources, and an intentionally diverse collection—among the top six in the nation with over 65,000 works.”* From there the vision grew to utilize Comerica Park and the College for Creative Studies campus– locations and institutions vital to the energy, culture and connective tissue of one of America’s great cities.
College for Creative Studies – 2022 Poster Contest
In 2022, the Detroit Concours worked with the College for Creative Studies to create a poster art competition for students. Transportation design student Chris (Keeyoung) Ban, class of 2023, took first prize with a stunning design featuring a fresh take on Detroit’s cultural icons. His art is prominently featured on the 2022 Detroit Concours event poster and program.
Chris (Keeyoung) Ban became excited about anything involving hands-on creation at an early age. His passion drove him to dismantle and assemble various objects around his house. Fascinated by architecture and engineering during his early school years, Ban realized that cars are just “beautifully sculpted architecture on wheels.” He fell in love with ‘60s American “land yachts”, ‘50s post-war French cars, dynamic wedges by Bertone and inspiring concept cars created by his heroes in the industry.
Additional poster contest winners and entrants’ artwork will be featured on the signage surrounding the Detroit Institute of Arts on Sunday.
Midtown Detroit Inc.
DRIVE One Detroit
DRIVE One Detroit will display the first 1974 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 with body, tag number 00001, at Saturday’s Cars & Community at Comerica Park from 9 AM to 1 PM. Nicknamed “The Executive” this former GM executive-owned car represents the time and efforts of students from five of the programs graduating classes.
Hagerty Kids Zone and Youth Judging
A Weekend of Car Culture in Detroit
On Sunday, September 18, the Detroit Concours d’Elegance will feature 15 classes of historically significant vehicles displayed on the lawns and roadways surrounding the Detroit Institute of Arts from 10 AM to 4 PM. Detroit-inspired featured classes include the Cars of Harley Earl, Detroit Autorama and the Cars of Woodward Ave.
For additional information and tickets, visit DetroitConcours.com.