The 2009 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is proud to introduce the Gilmore Car Museum as this year's featured museum.
The Gilmore Car Museum began in 1963 with Donald S. Gilmore's project car, a 1920 Pierce-Arrow, and a genuine love for the art of classic car restoration. The Pierce-Arrow was a gift from Gilmore's wife Genevieve and, with the help of friends and fellow car enthusiasts, he promptly set to work on both his antique automobile and, unknowingly, his legacy. Genevieve and Donald Gilmore gave the Museum and the collections over to the public in 1967 when it became a 501c3 public educational institution. Today, The Gilmore Car Museum, located in Hickory Corners, MI is home to nearly 200 exquisite vehicles spanning more than 100 years of automotive heritage.
The 2009 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is pleased to display several of the Gilmore Car Museum's brilliantly restored automobiles:
1934 Ford Woody Wagon
50th Anniversary - Fins and Chrome: Convertibles of 1959
A prime example of The Motor City's automotive design legacy is the 1950's era of "tail fins" and chrome. In recognition, the 2009 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is celebrating "Fins and Chrome" by marking the 50th anniversary of the Convertibles of 1959.
A pristine 1959 Ford Thunderbird, one of only 10,261 examples produced, is entered in the "Fins and Chrome: Convertibles of 1959" class by Michigan native and retired Ford engineer Larry Seyfarth. Seyfarth has been the sole owner of the T-Bird since he purchased it new as a gift for his wife for their first wedding anniversary. This classic Ford is completely original sporting interior colors of turquoise and white, and a flawless exterior white finish.
Other 1959 Fins and Chrome Convertible entries include:
1959 Buick Electra 225
1959 Dodge Royal Lancer
1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
1959 Ford Skyliner Retractable
1959 Chrysler 300E
1959 Mercury Monterey
1959 Plymouth Sport Fury
1959 Desoto Adventurer
1959 Pontiac Bonneville
1959 Chevy Impala
1959 Lincoln Continental Mark IV
1959 Edsel Corsair
New Sponsors and Vendors
The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is pleased to announce the addition of several new sponsors to this year's show. Welcome to FedEx Custom Critical, A.D.E. Car Collectors, National Parts Depot, Classic & Exotic Services, and United Road Services. These businesses' commitment to celebrating automotive history, heritage, automobile restoration and the old car hobby not only enables the Concours' organizers to continue to deliver one of the most prestigious car events of its kind in the world, but also supports the preservation of Meadow Brook Hall.
In addition, the 2009 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance welcomes the following new vendors: The Finishing Touch, American Laser Centers, TransCorr Auto Transport, and American Arrow. Make sure to stop by the vendor area and view their products and displays.
Exceptional Motoring Weekend
The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance and RM Auctions are once again teaming up to present the ultimate motoring weekend. RM returns to "America's Castle" for its 15th annual Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook auction on Saturday, August 1, 2009. See 100 significant and historic automobiles cross the auction block from pre-war classics to exotic sports cars. This one-day sale held at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion will be followed by the 30th anniversary of the Concours on Sunday. Experience the thrill of the auction and the beauty of the Concours in the heart of the American automotive landscape.
Father's Day Gift Idea
Tickets are on sale now for the August 2 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance at the exceptional value of $25 per person, including the 30th Anniversary program, parking and shuttle service. It's a great gift idea this Father's Day for the Dad who is passionate about cars.
Tickets can be purchased quickly and conveniently online at the Meadow Brook Concours website or by calling 248.643.8645.
Adults (in advance): $25.00
Children 12 and under: FREE
Groups of 10 or more: $20.00 each
Groups of 50 or more: $18.00 each