SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: BECAUSE OF THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE, THE "MEET THE LEGENDS" EVENT WITH SIR STIRLING MOSS AND DENISE MCCLUGGAGE, SCHEDULED FOR 1:30 P.M. TO 3 P.M. SATURDAY, JUNE 22, HAS BEEN MOVED TO PIERSON HALL IN THE ATTERBURY STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER ON THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI - KANSAS CITY CAMPUS, 5000 HOLMES RD.
The Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours® is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23, on the Kansas City Art Institute campus. The event features more than 200 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles, including cars, trucks, racing cars and motorcycles belonging to collectors from eight states.
In addition, this year's event will feature a Saturday, June 22 event with racing legends Sir Stirling Moss and Denise McCluggage.
The Art of the Car Concours, a benefit for the KCAI scholarship fund, is growing in popularity and stature among vintage and classic collectors. The Concours is unique for its size and scale in having no formal judging and no classes of vehicles. The intention is to provide a wide range of very high-quality, original, vintage vehicles in an eclectic, informal setting, without the pressure of traditional Concours events.
This year, organizers of the event have arranged for a special afternoon of focus on 1950 and 1960s racing. Special guests to appear at a Saturday afternoon program on June 22 include, Sir Stirling Moss OBE, the most famous racecar driver of the era; Kansas-born Denise McCluggage, a journalist and the most well-known female racecar driver; and a number of friends of Kansas City racecar driver Masten Gregory, who was known as the "Kansas City Flash."
Pictured: Sir Stirling Moss (photo courtesy of Sir Stirling Moss).
Moss raced from 1948 to 1962, winning 212 of the 529 races he entered, including 16 Formula One Grand Prix races. His success in a variety of categories placed him among the world's elite, and he has often been called "the greatest driver never to win a World Championship." For additional information on Moss and his achievements, visit his website at www.stirlingmoss.com.
Pictured: Denise McCluggage (photo courtesy of Denise McCluggage).
McCluggage, who was born in El Dorado, Kan., began racing in the mid-1950s, and one of her racing achievements included winning the grand touring category at Sebring in 1961. She ended her racing career in the late 1960s and eventually became editor of Autoweek magazine. She also had a stint at the New York Herald Tribune as a sports journalist. To learn more about McCluggage's racing career or to read some of her articles, visit her website at www.denisemccluggage.com.
Pictured: McCluggage and Masten Gregory (photo courtesy of Denise McCluggage).
Gregory was born in Kansas City, Mo., and raced sports cars and Formula One from 1957 to 1965, competing in 43 World Championship races. He was one of three Americans (including Carroll Shelby and Phil Hill) who were actively engaged in the European racing scene beginning in the 1950s. He died in 1985 of a heart attack in Porto Ercole, Italy. Gregory was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.
Admission to the Concours on June 23 is $15 at the gate; $12 online in advance of the event; and children 10 and under are admitted free. Early admission tickets ($25) allow entrance before 10 a.m. (as early as 8 a.m.) for those who want to photograph cars as they arrive and are positioned on the lawn.
Exhibitor Rodney Booth provided a video recap of the 2012 Concours to give a flavor of the event.
Actor Patrick Stewart relives the racing experiences with racing legend Sir Stirling Moss, who will be in attendance for the 2013 Art of the Car Concours.
"Meguiar's Car Crazy" begins a segment with Denise McCluggage at the 7-minute mark. She discusses how she became attracted to automobiles at a young age.
In 2012, Hagerty Insurance, allowed young judges to view vintage show vehicles up close and interact directly with their owners.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2013 Art of the Car Concours day-of-the-event program at levels from $150 to $2,500. Check out the Advertising Commitment for more information. Additional information can be found on the Program Advertising Guide.
Our presenting sponsors for 2013 is the Kansas City Mercedes-Benz Dealers: Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City and Aristocrat Motors.
Additional sponsors included Branson Auto Auction, Kansas Speedway, Commerce Bank, Waddell & Reed, Hagerty Insurance, Peterson Manufacturing Company, Tivol, GrassPad, Sprint, Gail's Harley Davidson, Hyman Ltd., Kawasaki, Meguiar's, Passport Transport, Curves Ahead, Heritage Tow and The Complete Garage.
We would also like to thank out community partners McPherson College and MindDrive for their support of the 2013 Art of the Car Concours.