Art of the Car Concours 2008

The second annual  Art of the Car Concours® featured a wide variety of vintage, classic and special vehicles. Vintage motorcycles and fire trucks also were on view for the first time. Nearly 170 vehicles were in the concours, which drew more than 3,000 spectators to the KCAI campus. The event raised more than $50,000 for student scholarships at KCAI through paid admissions and underwriting by 12 sponsors.

Admission was $10 at the door, and children age 10 and under were admitted free. Proceeds benefit the college's scholarship fund.

Marshall V. Miller, a local attorney, car enthusiast and Art Institute supporter, founded and directed the event.

A special guest at this year's event was Galen Handy, the acknowledged expert in the history of the electric car industry. His Web site, www.earlyelectric.com, provides comprehensive information. He maintains the sole directory of every existing electric car.

People's Choice Awards

Attendees were invited to vote for the favorite cars, and the top five vote-getters received "People's Choice" awards. KCAI junior Julie Malen created the unique awards that were given to the winners. The five winners:

First place: 1933 Hupmobile K-321 4-door sedan, owned by Ron Smith of Louisburg, Kan.

From left are: Marshall Miller, concours founder and director; Kathleen Collins, president of KCAI; and Ron Smith.

Second place: 1921 Daniels D-19 Landau Brougham, owned by Jim Daniels of Kansas City, Mo.

From left are: Marshall Miller, concours founder and director; Kathleen Collins, president of KCAI; and Jim Daniels.

Third place: 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton, owned by Bob and Sandra Coleman of Mission Hills, Kan.

From left are: Marshall Miller, concours founder and director; Kathleen Collins, president of KCAI; and Bob Colema

Fourth place: 1948 Delahaye 125M, Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet, owned by Mark Hyman of St. Louis.

From left are: Marshall Miller, concours founder and director; Kathleen Collins, president of KCAI; and Mark Hyman.

Fifth place: 1964 AC Cobra 289 Roadster, owned by Jim Sfetko of Parkville, Mo.

From Left are: Kathleen Collins, president of KCAI, and Jim Sfetko.

People's Choice award recipients with their plaques. From left to right are Ron Smith, Jim Sfetko, Jim Daniels, Bob and Sandra Coleman and Mark Hyman. Photo by Bruce Mathews.

Marshall Miller, concours organizer, and Kathleen Collins, president of KCAI, prepare to present the People's Choice awards, which were created by Julie Malen, a senior majoring in ceramics at KCAI. Photo by Bruce Mathews.

Media coverage

Media coverage included this report on Kansas City's NBC affiliate: View newscast.

Hear organizers talk about the event with host Ken Smiley on the Roger Twibell show on KCSP-Radio (610 on the AM dial), the exclusive NASCAR station in Kansas City, Mo., courtesy of Executive Producer Andrew Ellenberg: Segment 1; Segment 2; Segment 3; Segment 4

Watch Marshall Miller talk about the event on KCTV-5.

Sponsorship opportunities

This year a new set of awards based upon corporate sponsorship were presented. For $1,000, a sponsor could have their own corporate award presented to a motor vehicle of the sponsor's choosing during the concours. This is an unusual opportunity to become truly engaged in the concours! 

2008 Sponsor award winners

View photos of the vehicles that received special recognition from sponsors at the 2008 Art of the Car Concours® .

A big thank you to our sponsors, including:
Aristocrat Motors-Jaguar
Aristocrat Motors-Mercedes-Benz
Aristocrat Motors-Porsche
Baron Automotive Group-BMW
Baron Automotive Group-Mini Cooper
Commerce Bank of Kansas City
Grass Pad
Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Hyman Ltd. of St. Louis
Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A.-Lincoln, Neb.
Long Motor Corporation
Overland Park Jeep Dodge