This is the 40th anniversary of the Concours d’Elegance of America, an event that goes back to another well known venue, Meadow Brook Hall on the grounds of Oakland University.
The event moved to the Inn at St John's facility in Plymouth Michigan some 8 years ago in 2011 and carried on in much the same fashion as in the earlier Meadow Brook days showcasing classic, rare and magnificent unique automobiles. The Invitational Art Exhibition was always a major component of the earlier show and so continues on to the present although on a smaller scale.
"Our 2018 show was one of the most diverse and expensive grouping of cars in our history." says Larry Moss, concours chairman. "With features like the Bugatti Royale, Porsche Werks cars, the Sam and Emily Mann Collection, The GM Firebirds and other cars from the GM Heritage Collection, there was something there for everyone." The event poster was created by well-known artist Steve Pasteiner but other young CCS artists were also brought in to participate in the show.
Judge Ben Coleman, Tom Hale and Judge Salvador Salort-Pons
...with Steve Macy
...with Dan McCrary
Continues Moss: "Our collaboration with the College for Creative Studies generated an Art Contest that produced a race car poster from one of the students." Moss sums up his impression of the event, "We had record attendance and perfect weather. Along with the world class collection of cars, all helped to produce a much heralded show."
Best in show Foreign went to Rare Wheel Collection's 1937 Bugatti T57S. Best American to Bill and Barbara Parfet's 1935 Duesenberg SJ.
The 2018 art show featured the work of Alex Buchan, Gerald Freeman, Tom Hale, Tony Sikorski, David Chapple, Steven Macy and Dan McCrary. Three artists received awards for their work this year: Dan McCrary, Steve Macy and Tom Hale. Their art was judged by Salvador Salort-Pons, Director, President and CEO at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Ben Coleman, Curator - Detroit Institute of Arts. Artist Tom Hale wraps it up, "... we had a wonderful display of automotive art by seven invited artists, and these artists continued to exhibit new artwork in the tradition of the original Meadow Brook Concours."
Constructed from about 1,800 pieces of various species of wood, Dennis Hoyt's work was used as the theme art for the AFAS preview reception at the recent Pebble Beach Concours. "To be frank, I would say I was pleased with how faithful I was able to keep with the original sketch that I provided to Lincoln." says Hoyt, "but it was a flat out work project that ate up all my time. I was given 2 weeks, to design and complete the piece."
About 32" wide by 22" tall and 6" deep, the art was awarded to a lucky reception attendee in a draw.
The International Meet of the Ferrari Club of America (FCA) takes place at a North American venue each year. Celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2013, the event draws participants from North America and other parts of the world with track and concours activities. Held in Corning NY, the theme for 2018 was the iconic Ferrari 365GTB "Daytona". "It's a privilege and an honor to work on the annual meet art," says Koka, "it's fresh artistic excitement."
This is Koka's 15th event art for the FCA. The 44x30" acrylic on canvas original painting was published in an edition of 600 numbered/signed prints on paper plus an edition of 10 full-size canvas prints.