Each year, the event offers new things to see: More than 100 of the vehicles on display had never participated in the event, as well as almost all of the motorcycles.
Cars and motorcycles from the “fabulous 50s” were the star brands.
An apparent showstopper was a first-generation 21-window Volkswagen Samba bus, which turned a lot of heads and prompted many attendees to give owners a thumbs up.
Michigan residents Richard Larabee and his wife, Marcia, own the bus, along with seven other classic cars.
Larabee said he spent around two years restoring the Volkswagen, which he says is very rare and is called an “Alpine touring bus”.
“Everyone from 8 to 80 can relate to this bus,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it’s comedic for people, but people are just drawn to it. A long time ago, in the 50s and 60s, many people had these to transport their families, instead of station wagons.
Larabee said he loves classic cars because each looks like a unique sculpture.
These days, he says, cars generally look the same, but with different logos.
The car show also had a special class for Marmon automobiles, and the Marmon Club showed a dozen of their vehicles, including a 1931 Marmon Sixteen, which is a four-door sedan.
Marmon Motor Car Company built less than 400 of the luxury cars, and about 75 survive and remain in the hands of collectors today, club members said.
Duesenberg automobiles were the Ferraris of their time, but the Marmon Sixteen was even better and ahead of its time as the fastest and most amazing vehicle of 1931, according to club members.
The car had around 200 horsepower, and only Marmon and Cadillac produced 16-cylinder vehicles in the early 1930s.
Marmon Motor Car Co. ceased producing automobiles in 1933 as demand for high-end vehicles dried up during the Great Depression.
The Marmon Sixteen is owned by Arlene Kleptz, who lives in Union. She and her late husband, Chic Kleptz, owned one of the largest collections of Marmon vehicles in the world.
“My mother-in-law was president of the Marmon Club for two or three years,” said Jerry Heil, son-in-law of Arlene and Chic Kleptz.
Six of the 12 Marmons on display belong to the Kleptz family, Heil said.
Southwest Ohio and the entire Buckeye State have a rich automotive history and many classic car enthusiasts, including some local residents who have worked for automakers like GM or whose members of the family did, said Peterson, president of the Dayton Concours d’Elegance.
This is a motor city, and probably half of the vehicles on display are owned by local owners, although the show had entries from about five states, he said.
“Concours is no ordinary car show,” he said. “Cars are judged on the basis of…originality, authenticity, quality of workmanship.”