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Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm to take place July 13

The JBS Collection, LaVine Restorations and the Studebaker National Museum will present the 6th annual Concours at Copshaholm on July 13.

The Concours at Copshaholm showcases the connection between the city of South Bend and the automotive industry. The connection dates to the early 1900s and the Studebaker Corp.

“The Concours at Copshaholm has really caught the wind in its sails the past few years among car enthusiasts,” said Patrick Slebonick, Studebaker National Museum executive director, in a press release. “Because we’re a smaller event, we can place a sharper focus on quality, and our approach is to try and curate ‘mini exhibits’ across the beautiful, historic Copshaholm campus that enthrall, entertain and educate.”

The one-day event offers programming for all ages. It presents a selection of unique and rare vehicles. The automotive classes include 1959-1966 Studebaker Larks and Lark-type automobiles and categories such as The Mustang at 60. Awards include Best of Show, Best of Class and the J. M. Studebaker Award honoring the Most Outstanding Studebaker in the show.

“This event celebrates all automobiles, but we are a Studebaker facility, and this is still a Studebaker town, and we try to honor local history,” Slebonick said. “J.M. Studebaker was at the helm during Studebaker’s transition from wagons to automotive, and an award in his name connects the history of Studebaker to this community. That’s important for us.”

The JBS Collection is owned by Jack Boyd Smith Jr. Nappanee-based LaVine Restorations has restored several of the automobiles in Smith’s collection. 

“Copshaholm is one of my favorite events,” Smith said. “Indiana is home for me, and South Bend and Elkhart and other areas of the state are firmly a part of automotive history. It’s a thrill to present this event in partnership with my good friends Vivian and Eric LaVine, and an honor to share our combined love and appreciation for historic and classic cars with area folks and automobile fans.”

The event will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 13 at the Copshaholm House Mansion in downtown South Bend. Learn more about the event here.

(Photo provided by Concours d’Elegance at Copshaholm)

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