Concours D'Elegance Of America Announces 2018 Collectors And Enthusiast Of The Year

By: Concours d'Elegance of America

Concours D'Elegance Of America Announces 2018 Collectors And Enthusiast Of The Year  Troy, MI – December 7, 2017 – Concours d'Elegance of America today announced Sam and Emily Mann as the Collectors of the Year, and Mark Reuss as the Enthusiast of the Year for the 40th annual event.

The Manns will display five cars from their collection, including their 1932 Chrysler Imperial Roadster, a one-of-a-kind vehicle built for Walter P. Chrysler, Sr., that won Best of Show at Pebble Beach in 1991. The complete list includes:

• 1932 Chrysler Imperial CH Roadster

• 1935 'Clark Gable' Duesenberg JN Rollston Roadster restyled by Bowman & Schwartz

• 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Roadster

• 1937 Delage D8-120S Pourtout Coupe

Concours D'Elegance Of America Announces 2018 Collectors And Enthusiast Of The Year  • 1937 Delage D8-120 de Villars Roadster

'I've always enjoyed mechanical things, but my enthusiasm for vehicles is unmatched,' said Sam Mann. 'Concours d'Elegance of America celebrates the spectrum of automotive engineering from beginning to end, and serves as a mirror of what has been accomplished - past and present - in the automobile industry.'

'Sam and I drive 5,000 - 7,000 miles in our vintage cars each year, and we're looking forward to being in Michigan this summer for the 40th Concours d'Elegance of America to celebrate both the collectors and the gems of the automotive industry,' Emily Mann added.

Both trained in design, Sam and Emily Mann have a collection of more than 50 vehicles, and others under restoration.

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    The Mann's collection is based on excellence in style and represents an unusual number of one-off designs.

    Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain at General Motors Company, will have at least six vehicles on display this year, both from his personal collection and the General Motors Heritage collection, representing his passion for automotive engineering and design.

    'I'm thrilled to be recognized, and excited to participate in this year's Concours to celebrate the evolution of automotive design and engineering,' said Mark Reuss. 'My father has always loved this event, and I look forward to walking the field with my family, friends and colleagues once again. The hundreds of stunning, historic vehicles on-hand will, as always, illustrate how much past design can truly inspire the future.'

    The 40th Concours d'Elegance will be held July 27-29, at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Mich. The weekend-long event will include a motoring tour, vehicle seminars, and charity events to support Project Beautiful Inside and Out and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and will culminate with more than 300 vehicles and motorcycles on display on Sunday. For a complete event schedule visit

    For more information, visit General admission tickets start at $35 (when purchased in advance) and may be purchased at

    About Concours d'Elegance

    The Concours d'Elegance has its roots in 17th century France, when the aristocracy would parade their horse-drawn carriages through the parks of Paris. With the advent of the automobile, Concours d'Elegance events evolved into competitions between automobile manufacturers, custom coachbuilders, and owners, whose vehicles were judged on the beauty of their design. The Concours d'Elegance of America originated at Oakland University's Meadow Brook Hall, and in 2011, this world-class event moved to the beautiful grounds of the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Mich.

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