Spectators look over the 1935 Auburn 835 automobile at the 2019 Dayton Concours d’Elegance entered by Michael Mereness of Cincinnati. Photo by Haylie Schlater

14th annual Dayton Concours d’Elegance set for Sept. 20

Carillon Park events to feature The Roarin’ Twenties and Mercedes-Benz

The Cars of the Roaring Twenties and Mercedes-Benz will be featured at the 14th Dayton Concours d’Elegance at Carillon Park on Sunday, Sept. 20. There will also be special classes for the Cars of 1970 and Military Vehicles.

The Concours is limited to 200 antique and classic automobiles and motorcycles, all displayed on the grounds of Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton. The 2019 Concours attracted a record number of entrants and attendance of more than 5,000 on Sunday.

The weekend kicks off the morning of Saturday, Sept. 19 with a special edition of Dayton Cars and Coffee, held in front of the Carillon Brewing Co. It is free and open to all cars and motorcycles.

Saturday evening will feature the Preview Party celebrating the Roarin’ Twenties. The reservation-only party will preview some of the Concours automobiles and will feature a silent auction, entertainment, food stations and a variety of bars serving adult beverages. The Art Pavilion will be open on Saturday evening and all day Sunday. David Snyder of Milford is the featured artist who will be joined by about a dozen other nationally recognized automotive artists. Advance reservations and tickets for the Preview Party will be available online and at Carillon Park by mid-summer.

The Concours will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 20. Cars and motorcycles will be judged for awards in 23 classes. In addition, a number of specialty awards will be presented, including the R.H. Grant Best of Show, Col. Edward Deeds Judges’ Choice, Charles F. Kettering People’s Choice, Jeffrey Siler Spirit Award and The Hagerty Youth Judging Award.

A Concours for hand-built model cars will be held in the Dicke Transportation Center. It also will feature a reunion of Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild modelers exhibiting their hand-built models from the 1950s and ’60s that embrace automotive design creativity.

Live entertainment and a variety of local food and beverages will be featured throughout the day. All exhibits at the park will be open. The parade of class-winning cars, motorcycles and major award winners will be presented at 3 p.m.

General admission is $25 at the door, or $20 in advance, $5 for children 17-3, children younger than 3 and members of Dayton History are free. Proceeds from the Concours go directly to Dayton History, the local non-profit that operates Carillon Park, Hawthorn Hill – the Wright Brothers’ home, Patterson Homestead and various other historic sites in the Dayton area.

For more information regarding the Concours, go online to www.daytonconcours.com or call 937-293-3841. For nomination information, go online to the website, call 937-866-2222 or email autoedge@sbcglobal.net.

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