The Detroit area is full of classic car events. Many are sponsored by churches, scout troops, and Lion’s clubs, and they’re all great events for car nuts.
In fact, there are so many, sometimes we lose sight of the fact that the Detroit area hosts two of the biggest and best “classic car” events in the world.
The first of two World Class events in the Detroit area is actually two events in one: The “Concours D’elegance of America at Meadowbrook” is held on the campus of Oakland University, in Rochester. This years dates are July 23rd through the 25th. It’s an elite gathering of top end cars, and you’ll see many cars valued far in excess of a million dollars. The highlight of this event for many collectors is “Vintage Motor Cars of Meadowbrook”, the classic car auction run by RM Auctions. RM is the largest collector car auction house in the world, and seven-figure sales are not unusual.
At $80. for a pair of admissions, it’s not a cheap afternoon, but if you appreciate automotive history, you owe it to yourself to attend. The price of admission also gets you a beautiful full color catalog of the event, but don’t think that being there entitles you to bid. Bidders must be registered and establish some financial credibility in advance. Click HERE for more details.
Later this summer, The Detroit area plays host to the Woodward Dream Cruise. “Advertising Age” lists the Woodward Dream Cruise as one of the top 10 branding events in the United States. According to Festivals-and-shows.com “The Woodward Dream Cruise is the largest one-day automotive event in North America. (It) attracts over 1,000,000 people and tens of thousands of classic cars to a 16-mile stretch of historic Woodward Avenue.”
Putting that crowd in perspective, there are less than a million people in Detroit, and just over four million in the entire Metro area.
If you could see everything at the Dream Cruise (you can’t), it’s a certainty that your old car memories would be represented there.
The Dream Cruise is August 21st this year, but the festivities start earlier every year. This year, for example, the “Ferndale Woodward Dream Cruise” runs for three days, starting on the 19th. You’ll start seeing classics and antiques cruising the area even before that, demonstrating that classic car people are always ready for a good party.
With this much world-class activity in and around Detroit this summer, you could make a good argument that, for at least two months, Detroit is still the automotive capital of the world.