Concours d’ Elegance at Copshaholm in South Bend on July 10, 2021
July 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0$15
The Studebaker National Museum is thrilled to host the Concours d’Elegance at the famous Copshaholm Estate in a garden-party setting that includes nearly 70 vehicles. For the first time, the show will take place in South Bend, Indiana, and feature a variety of Indiana-produced vehicles. It will also feature some interesting new vehicle class names that are said to have a “Sense of Humor”.
This year the car show will be held at the Copshaholm Estate in the landscaped Italianate gardens of the 2.5 acres estate. The estate is a historic landmark and is on the National Record of Historic Places as a Registered American Treasure.
The main house, with all its 14 fireplaces, was designed by famed New York architect Charles Alonzo Rich and was built in 1895 by industrialist millionaire J.D. Oliver who was the president of the Oliver Chilled Plow Works for over four centuries. The estate is often referred to as the “Oliver Mansion” due to the Oliver Family living at the mansion for over 72 years.
The elegant Romanesque Queen Anne mansion, which is also open for public tours, has over 38-rooms, a vintage teahouse, rose garden, pergola, tennis lawn, fountains, and more. The furniture is all original and interior furnishings include porcelains, silver, prints, stained-glass, bronze statutes, including some items by Bartolozzi and Lorado Taft.
But on July 10, 2021, the Copshaholm Estate will be transformed into a vehicle playground and feature over 75 vintage, antique, classic automobiles and motorcycles. Some iconic vehicle classes will include American Muscle Cars, American Sports Cars, Over-The-Pond British Sports Cars, Luxury Classic Cadillacs, Vintage Coachbuilt Classics, Fabulous Fins of the 50’s, The Kickin’ Brass Era Cars, and of course, the Studebaker Muscle Cars.
Some famous historic American vehicles and Marques on display at the show will be Corvette, Caddilac, Buick, Studebaker, Kaiser-Darrin, Muntz, Kurtis, Woodill, and Nash-Healey. And, If you want to drive on the other side of the road, historic vehicles and Marques from the British empire that will be on display will be Austin-Healeys, Jaguars, MG’s, Triumphs, and other vintage English sports cars.
There will also be a good selection of Automobiles from the industry’s pre-1915 “Brass” Era, American automobiles from the 1950s “tail fin” Era, and automobiles featuring custom body and coachwork.
For all you two-wheelers, there will be a variety of featured historic motorcycles on display from such makers as Harley-Davidson, Indian, Henderson, The American Motorcycle Company, to name a few.
The award-winning vehicles and motorcycles on display this year will be supplied by some of the top car collecting legends and museums in the world. They include The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, the Gilmore Car Museum, America’s Packard Museum, and the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum.
During the event, the public is free to stroll the grounds, view all the vehicles, and take a Copshaholm “Oliver” Mansion Tour. Also on display will be the Studebaker Styling Studio at the Studebaker National Museum which features the works of famous Studebaker designer Raymond Loewy.
Famed industrial and car designer, Raymond Loewy was instrumental in designing the Studabaker Starlight body which featured a rear-window that wrapped around the entire rear seat. Loewy also designed the Studebaker Avanti, The Champion, the Studebaker Logo, and the ’53 Starliner which was recognized by Car and Driver as “one of the most beautiful cars ever made” .
The showgrounds open (July 10, 2021) at 10 am and close and 5 pm the same day. During the day, Concours awards will be presented to vehicle owners for “Best in Class” and “Best of Show”. This year there will also be a “People’s Choice” award.
Admission for the show is only $15 and is FREE for kids.
Schedule, Admission, and Event Highlights
- Date: July 10, 2021
- Venue: Copshaholm 201 Chapin St. South Bend, IN 46601
- Location: South Bend, IN
- Car Show Tickets: Adult: $15
- Children 12 & under are FREE
- Other: Museum & campus members: $5
- Website: www.concoursatcopshaholm.org
- Phone: 574-235-9714
- Year founded: 2018
- Number of Cars on Display: +75
- Location description: The Historic Copshaholm Estate on 2.5 acres of landscaped Italianate gardens which were once owned by the industrialist J.D. Oliver.
Car Show Daily Detailed Schedule
FRIDAY, JULY 9
12 p.m. Rig Parking Lot Open
SATURDAY, JULY 10
- 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Exhibitor Entry & Vehicle Placement
- 9 a.m. Judging Begins
- 10 a.m. Concours & Museum Campus Open to the Public
- 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Copshaholm Mansion Tours (Go to the Mansion’s front door on the north side)
- 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Studebaker Styling Studio (on the Museum’s 2nd Floor)
- 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Studebaker Styling Studio (on the Museum’s 2nd Floor)
- 1 p.m. People’s Choice Ballots Due (Drop-off at the Museum Store Tent)
- 2:30 p.m. Pass-In-Review & Awards Presentation
- 4 p.m. Concours Closes
- 5 p.m. Museum Campus Closes
SUNDAY, JULY 11
No Activities Scheduled
Rig Parking Lot Closes at Noon
2021 Car Classes at the show
- The American Motorcycle
Harley-Davidsons, Indians, Hendersons, and other American-built bikes.
- American Muscle
High-performance American automobiles of the 1960s and early 1970s
- The American Sports Car
American sports cars such as the Corvette, Kaiser-Darrin, Muntz, Kurtis, Woodill, and Nash-Healey.
- The British Sports Car
Jaguars, MG’s, Triumphs, Austin-Healeys, and other English sports cars.
- The Classic Cadillac: 1915-1947
Full Classic® Cadillac automobiles
- Coachbuilt Classics
Full Classic® automobiles featuring custom (Body by…) coachwork.
- Competition Classics
Vintage racing cars
- Fabulous Fins
American automobiles from the 1950s “tail fin” era.
- Kickin’ Brass
Automobiles from the industry’s pre-1915 “Brass” era
- Studebaker Muscle
High-performance editions of 1963-64 Studebaker automobiles
- When Better Automobiles Are Built, Buick Will Build Them
An open class for Buick automobiles of all years
EVENT FEATURE: STUDEBAKER STYLING STUDIO
Have you ever wanted to design your own Studebaker?
Maybe you have the perfect design for a new hood ornament. During the Concours, you can visit to the Studebaker Styling Studio to try your hand at automotive design. Our team of automotive designers will walk you through a portion of the automotive design process and help you with your one-of-a-kind creation.
The Studio Studio is included with Concours admission and supplies are provided.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES – BILL ROTHERMEL
The Concours at Copshaholm’s Master of Ceremonies Bill Rothermel has had a lifelong interest in cars, both small and large.
As an automotive historian and avid collector of miniature automobiles and automobilia, Bill’s interests include the Brass and Classic Eras, muscle cars, European sports cars, and postwar American cars.
He currently serves as the Master of Ceremonies of the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance, Boca Raton, Florida; The Elegance, Hershey, Pennsylvania; the Concours of America, St. Johns, Michigan; the Radnor Concours d’Elegance, Malvern, Pennsylvania; the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance, St. Michaels, Maryland; The Hemmings Concours, Lake George, New York.
As a freelance writer, Bill’s work has been featured in national, international, club and Concours publications such as Automobile Quarterly, The Flying Lady, Old Cars Weekly, and Sports Car Market, among others.