Classic Collections

The St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance motors to its debut at historic Talbot Country Club and is set to unveil new exhibitions, including senior award winners from around the country

The 14th Annual St. Michaels Concours d’ Elegance (SMCDE), presented by Jaguar-Land Rover of Annapolis, drives to the tranquil, waterfront grounds of Talbot Country Club on Sunday, September 26, for a day filled with grand-classic motoring, vintage wooden speedboats, fashion and casual elegance on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The country club’s waterfront lawn and show field will feature rare, prewar European and American coach-built automobiles, as well as important postwar sports and touring cars. A new featured class of classic Land Rover vehicles will be joined by a Best in Show exhibition of senior-award-winning automobiles from significant Concours throughout the country, including Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Boca Raton and Radnor Hunt. 

Founded in 1910, Talbot Country Club holds the prestigious distinction of being the oldest continuously operated golf-and-social club on the Eastern Shore. It lies on an idyllic setting, along the banks of Trippe Creek near Oxford, locally known as the New Hamptons, and was once home to the very first U.S. Naval Academy.

Enhancing the mood in the tradition of historic Concours events held in Paris, the event will be complemented by an elegant fashion show and a display of classic wooden speedboats moored at the pier along the show field. The exclusive VIP and entrants gallery will feature a gourmet garden party, with live music, flowing Champagne and culinary delights.

Through generous sponsorship dollars and tax-deductible donations, St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance provides automotive educational assistance to like-minded young people of the mid-Shore through its sole nonprofit beneficiary, the local student chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America, at Coventry Motor Works in Easton. The SMCDE executive committee is unanimously committed to funding this budding initiative to provide hands-on vocational learning to train and educate students in the maintenance, care and restoration of classic motorcars. 

Discounted general admission and VIP tickets may be purchased online. A limited number of VIP tickets — which include a special parking permit, gourmet lunch and exclusive entrants’ gallery access — are also available for advance purchase. For more information and to purchase tickets or donate, visit SMCDE.org. CS