Meadow Brook Hall - Rochester, Michigan

In the 1920’s the first Concours d’Elegance was staged as an elegant marketing effort in France. The custom automobile coach builders and fashion couturiers of Paris were making luxury products of important design and wanted a new and different way to reach their markets. In an effort to create a unique way to reach the market, an idea was developed of a grand exhibition combining both automobiles and fashion.

Different than its past Concours forerunners, the aim of Concours d’Elegance of America is to exhibit prestigious collector cars as well as offer an automotive art exhibition, a vintage car auction, Mode du Concours and social events! It also serves as the single largest fundraiser to support the preservation of Oakland University's Meadow Brook Hall.

In this tradition of showcasing classic, rare and magnificent automobiles, our car selection committee will again invite a unique collection of cars to be displayed on the beautiful grounds of historic Meadow Brook Hall.

Our Executive Team

Executive Director: James McCarter

James McCarter joined the Concours d'Elegance of America in January of 2010.

McCarter graduated from Lahser High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. A car guy from the very start, he completed Chrysler’s MoTech Automotive Training Program before going on to earn an English Degree from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee. McCarter has been in the newspaper business since 1982. He has published newspapers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

Prior to coming to the Concours, McCarter was Marketplace Advertising Director at Automotive News in Detroit.

McCarter says the key to creating a great event lies in the car selection process. The Concours d'Elegance of America in essence is an art exhibit: once a year the curators bring together works of art from all over the world for a one day display. They are culled from thousands of candidates by our car selection committee, which is comprised of 20 of the most knowledgeable automobile scholars, designers, engineers and collectors in the world.

Events Manager: Tina G. Pesek

Tina Pesek joined the administrative staff of the Concours d’Elegance of America in April 2007. Having experienced varied behind the scenes management of the Concours; she has been appointed Events Manager.

Tina is a native of Michigan and very proud of her state’s automotive heritage. She strives for excellence and works to make the Concours event spectacular. Tina’s college background in the Fine Arts is a good match to the Concours’ “Art that moves us.” She has always had an appreciation for the design of classic cars.

It is with pride that Tina plans events for her fifth Concours d'Elegance.

Chairman of Car Selection: Larry Moss
Senior Vice President/Investments
The Moss Financial Group
Raymond James & Assoc.

Larry Moss is a well-respected familiar face to Meadow Brook and the Concours d'Elegance. For our annual event, he has served in the past as Member of the Car Selection and Judging Committees. Larry also held the esteemed title of MBH Chairman in 1999 and 2000.

Larry Moss' passion has always been cars, as is shown by his personal collection which includes a 1960 Jaguar XK 150S, a 1965 Bloomington Gold Corvette, a 1932 Ford Hot Rod, a 1947 Cadillac and a 1971 Dodge Challenger 440Six Pack.

Some of Larry's other accomplishments bearing his credentials as a classic automotive expert include the positions of past Director of the Michigan Region CCCA, and judge for the Glenmoor and Amelia Island Concours annual events.