• 18th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance to Showcase Concept Car

    POSTED March 8, 2013

The 1963 Budd XR-400 concept car, from the Henry Ford Museum, will be displayed at this year’s 18th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance. This showcase event will take place May 4-5 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas.

The Budd Company pitched this concept car to AMC, but the XR-400, or XR-Budd, was turned down. The 1963 prototype vehicle features a stylish body and a powerful V-8 engine on a Rambler Ambassador chassis. This model preceded the Ford Mustang, which is rumored to have served as a derivative of the XR-400 design.

Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance is a week-long classic car and vintage wooden boat show that has gained national acclaim and draws more than 15,000 attendees. Throughout the weekend, 60 car judges and 20 boat judges assess around 40 classes for cars and 20 classes for boats.

The annual event has raised more than $1 million for local charities. Proceeds from this year’s showcase will benefit the Boys and Girls Harbor, whose mission is to provide a home and safe environment for abandoned and abused children and care for families in crisis.

The Michigan resort town of Traverse City is hosting its third annual Traverse City Beer Week this November 13-20. The event includes a week of games, dinners, workshops and tastings celebrating the area’s local craft beer industry. Nearly 20 craft breweries, brewpubs and taprooms participate in the event that is organized by Traverse City Tourism and local beer distributors.

Traverse City Tourism is offering their “Fab Fall” vacation special. From now until Dec. 19, more than 20 resorts, hotels, shopping, dining, movies, spa services, golf courses are all offering discounts. 


Mackinac Island, also known as the Fudge Capital of the World, hosted the annual fudge festival August 21-23.

“Families and kids in particular love to see how Mackinac Island fudge is made and the Willy Wonka inspired games they can play during the weekend” says to Tim Hygh, Mackinac Island Tourism CEO.