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

  • 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.

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

Well, we made it. Detroit is exiting bankruptcy, its art collection firmly in hand. There have been in-depth treatments of the process in local papers, most notably in the Detroit Free Press. Suffice it to say, we can breathe a bit more easily.


IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A GIVEAWAY for your meeting or event attendees, check out The Hotel Kitchen. The line of condiments, rolled out in 2011 by the Amway Hotel Corp., has added seven products to its line. 

The three ketchups, two mustards and two barbecue sauces were developed by Amway’s Corporate Executive Chef Josef Huber, feature Michigan-grown ingredients and are priced from $3.49-$5.99. The products include funky flavors like Thai curry ketchup, tarragon mustard and sweet honey mustard barbecue.