The Sixth Annual Art of the Car Concours® took place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24, on the KCAI campus. The event featured more than 200 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles, including cars, trucks, racing cars and motorcycles belonging to collectors from eight states.The Kansas City Mercedes-Benz Dealers, Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City and Aristocrat Motors were the presenting sponsors. Save the date for June 23, 2013, for the Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours!
Pictured above: A two-page spread from the Sept. 1, 2012, issue of The Independent Magazine. View as PDF (436 KB).
After-the-fact coverage of the event included a richly illustrated story on the Classic & Sports Car website.
This event, 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.
Admission was $15 at the gate; $12 online in advance of the event; and children 10 and under were admitted free. Early admission tickets ($25) allowed entrance before 10 a.m. (as early as 8 a.m.) for those who wanted to photograph cars as they arrived and were positioned on the lawn.
The youth judging event, "Operation Ignite! Connecting Kids and Cars," sponsored by Hagerty Insurance, again allowed young judges to view show vehicles up close and interact directly with their owners.
Exhibitor Rodney Booth has provided a video recap of the 2011 Concours, so that you can get the flavor of event.
The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Calif., is sending its Pebble Beach, Essen and European Concours award-winning Talbot Lago to the Art of the Car Concours. Only nine Teardrop coupes were made, and this is considered the best in the world. For more information about the museum, visit http://www.mullinautomotivemuseum.com/. Photo © 2006 Michael Furman
It wasn't hard to spot Carl Cedergren’s 1913 Hudson at the Sixth Annual Art of the Car Concours — it was the daffodil-yellow speedster with gleaming nickel-plated fixtures. The vehicle is one of only five that were built and introduced by Hudson in 1913. It was the first six-cylinder car and the first with an electric starter and lights.
A car as blond and beautiful as movie star Ginger Rogers was a star attraction at the Art of the Car Concours June 24 on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd., in Kansas City, Mo. Fresh from an appearance in March at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, the 265-horsepower 1929 Model J Duesenberg Convertible Coupe that once belonged to Fred Astaire’s most famous dance partner came to Kansas City. Rogers’ vehicle was the first Duesenberg to have a Murphy body and a disappearing convertible top. The original upholstery is gone, but current owner John Groendyke of Enid, Okla., replicated the original: reptile-pattern embossed leather. Photo by Chad Chambers
Our presenting sponsors are the Kansas City Mercedes-Benz Dealers: Mercedes-Benz of Kansas City and Aristocrat Motors.
Additional sponsors include Tivol, Grass Pad, Kawasaki, Shawnee Mission Hyundai, Peterson Manufacturing, Commerce Bank, Baron BMW, Branson Auction, Curves Ahead, Hagerty Insurance, Harley Davidson, Hyman Ltd., Passport Transport;, Meguiar's and The Complete Garage.
We also thank community partners McPherson College and MindDrive for their support of this year's Concours.