PLYMOUTH (CBS Detroit) The flashiest rides in history will take over the grounds at The Inn at St. John’s Sunday for the annual Concours d’Elegance of America.

[PHOTOS] Concours d’Elegance 2011

It’s a rarefied show of hundreds of vintage and rare cars from around the world — but attendance isn’t just for a rarefied crowd. Admission is $25 for the event held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 29, and that includes free parking, shuttle service and program book to take home. Children 12 years old and under are free.

The 34th annual Concours d’Elegance is dedicated to the “Genius of the Automobile,” so it’s not just a car show. It’s also a celebration of auto innovation, design and technology throughout history. The array on hand will range from the first “horseless carriages, Duesenbergs and Delahayes, to today’s international race cars,  Slingshot Dragsters, classic Trans-Am racers, to a future filled with hovercraft-style propelled vehicles and jet-age station wagons.

A portion of the net proceeds from the day will be donated to the College for Creative Studies (CCS), the region’s Mecca for creative learning, Hospice of Michigan and Leader dogs for the Blind.

To roll home Concours d’Elegance style, check out the RM Vintage Motor Car Auction from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s Grande Ballroom. High caliber classic cars will be available for sale including a 1935 Chrysler CZ, 1967 Impala SS convertible, 1963 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1921 Cadillac touring car, and more.

The auction is only available to registered bidders who pay a $200 fee, which includes an official auction catalog and admission for two. Get more information about the auction at


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