• 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 American Society of Association Executives held their annual convention in Detroit this year. After setbacks including lack of rooms, and the events that followed September 11, the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau won the bid to have the “Super Bowl of conferences.”

Detroit has undergone plenty of renovations to host this conference, including building 2,100 more hotel rooms since 1987. These hotels include Westin Book CadillacDetroit, the Crowne Plaza Pontchartrain, the DoubleTree Suites Fort Shelby, and David Whitney Building.


The Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau is on pace for a record year of tourism, according to recent data from Smith Travel Research Inc.

As of June, the Greater Lansing’s jurisdiction reported that the 2015 Average Daily Rate (ADR) was 7.5% above last year’s rate at $96.74. Revenue per Available Room (RecPAR) was 11.3% above last year's $58.89. And overall, Greater Lansing area hotel occupancy was at a 3.6% increase over last year with an occupancy rate of 60.9%.


Jerome Raska and Robbin Yelverton, from Blumz by JRDesigns, were recognized by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) as AIFD certified evaluators and judges this month. Both Raska and Yelverton can now use the title in their name and may evaluate as certified judges of floral design at local, state, regional, and national levels. They can now also be asked to evaluate at the AIFD Professional Floral Design Evaluation (PFDE). This title adds to their official titles of Raska AAF, PRCI, CAFA, CR and Yelverton AAF, CF, PFCI.