PLYMOUTH (WWJ) – The Concours d’Elegance kicks off Sunday in Plymouth — where beautiful, classic and exotic automobiles will be on display.

On Wednesday, WWJ attended a special preview with car owners and organizers of the event.

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Caroline Overst, of Grosse Pointe, is a Product Specialist for Nissan. She talked about the vintage gown she wore that matched the era of the cars on display:

“A lot of the gowns were actually made to match the vehicles for a lot of the classic shows so they would work with designers to kind of take key elements of the car, whether it’s the color or the material – so it would really reflect that in the gown so it’s a wonderful, natural tie-in,” said Overst.

Gary Riddell of South Lyon will show off his 1936 three window Ford Coupe, flat head, V-8 engine. He spoke with WWJ about how honored he is to be a part of the invitation only event.

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“It makes you feel very good, somebody appreciates that kind of work that you put into a car like that – it takes hours and hours to do it,” said Riddell.

He tells WWJ that he’s been working on it for about seven years.

The Concours d’Elegance moved from the grounds of historic Meadow Brook Hall at Oakland University in 2011.

The concours moved to the newly restored Inn at St John’s at 44045 Five Mile Road in Plymouth.

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