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July 26th 2015

Concourse of America

To give it its full title, it is the "Concourse d'Elegance of America at the Inn at St. John's, in Plymouth Michigan." Almost 300 classic cars, by invitation only, on display at one of the most prestigious events in the United States. I have been many times before, and never tire of drooling over these magnificent machines. Of course, I always seek out the British element, well represented this year by a large Bentley contingent. Several beautiful vintage Bentley tourers were arranged in a circle (the show takes place on a golf course). Another Bentley, a 1950 Mark VI Mulliner, had been modified to enable its owner to operate it, despite being confined to a wheelchair. Disabled? NOT! But the most striking Bentley was a 1947 Mark VI, with unique body by French coachbuilder Franay. Possibly the most beautiful Bentley in the world.

Rolls-Royce was represented by a 1923 Silver Ghost Riviera, built at RR's American plant in Springfield Massachusetts. And then there was the infamous Pininfarina-designed Camargue, voted as "one of the 100 ugliest cars of all time" by readers of the Daily Telegraph in 2008. Personally, I thought the 1985 model on display looked rather distinctive, but then I love all Rollers.

Other 'Brits' at the show included a 1964 Jensen C-V8, a 1938 Lagonda LG6 de Ville Saloon, and a 1955 Sunbeam-Talbot Alpine convertible, restored in sapphire blue as a tribute to Grace Kelly and the Alfred Hitchcock movie, "To Catch a Thief."

I will conclude with two non-British entries. Anyone familiar with a 1909 Austin Model 60? No, not one of Herbert Austin's creations, but rather a product of the totally-unrelated Austin Automobile Company of Grand Rapids, MI. I had never heard of this company, which built cars from 1901 until 1921. Finally, I will include the 1955 DKW Souderklasse coupé. I know, it's definitely not British, but they were so much a part of my childhood in England that I felt quite nostalgic when I saw this one.

I can thoroughly recommend the Concourse of America to anyone who loves cars!

See you next year!

John Griffith

John Griffith

Show Field

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1929 Bentley 6.5-litre Speed 6 Sports Tourer

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1950 Bentley Mark VI by H.J. Mulliner

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1947 Bentley Mk VI Convertible by Franay

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1923 Springfield-built Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Riviera

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1985 Rolls-Royce Camargue Coupe by Pininfarina

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1964 Jensen CV-8

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1938 Lagonda LG6 de Ville Saloon

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1955 Sunbeam-Talbot Alpine Roadster

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1909 Austin Model 60

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1955 DKW Souderklasse Coupe


































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