DAYTON — The Cars of France and 100 Years of BMW will be featured marques at the tenth Dayton Concours d’Elegance at Carillon Park on Sunday, September 18.
Bugatti, Citroen and Peugeot are just three of the makes that will occupy the class for French machines while the remarkable cars and motorcycles of BMW will be featured in the centennial celebration. There will be special classes for air-cooled Volkswagens and Black Cars and White Cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
The Concours, presented by AAA, is limited to 200 antique & classic automobiles and motorcycles, all displayed on the grounds of Carillon Historical Park. The cars and motorcycles will be judged for awards in 30 classes. In addition, a number of specialty awards are presented including the R. H. Grant Best of Show, Col. Edward Deeds Judge’s Choice, Charles F. Kettering People’s Choice, Jeffrey Siler Spirit Award, The Taj Ma Garaj Award and The Hagerty Youth Judging Award.
Nationally recognized automotive artists will have a pavilion to display their work and hand-built model cars will be shown. In addition, there will be a reunion of Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild modelers exhibiting their hand built models that embrace automotive-vehicle design creativity. The parade of class winning cars, motorcycles and major award winners will be presented at 3 p.m.
The weekend will kick-off on Saturday evening, Sept. 17 with a casual Preview Party, open to the public, on the grounds of the Carillon Historical Park. The party will preview some of the Concours automobiles and feature an automotive art pavilion, music, silent auction, food and beverages. Saturday evening’s Preview Party will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $85 per person, $75 for Dayton History members and reservations are required.
The Concours will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and will also feature live entertainment, an automotive art pavilion, a variety of local food and beverages and all exhibits at the park will be open. The Wright “B” Flyer will make a fly over at noon, weather permitting, courtesy of Forgeline Motorsports.
All of the proceeds from the weekend go to Dayton History to maintain the various programs and facilities. General admission is $20 at the door, or $15 in advance, $5 for children ages 3 to 17, while children under 3 and members of Dayton History are free.