• 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.

Traverse City’s Mt. Holiday Ski Area is proud of its recent zip line expansion. Mt. Holiday is east of Traverse City and one of the community’s two non-profit day ski areas. As an old-fashioned, home-style operation offering snow activities on 16 runs, the ski area aims to appeal to a large audience and extend the operating season to year-round.

 

The Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center recently announced the completion of a year-long, $30 million renovation of their facility, which included over 1000 guest rooms and the hotel's meeting spaces. 

 
Detroit has emerged from bankruptcy and is planning to be the host to more tourism and conventions in the upcoming years.