The Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours® took place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23, on the Kansas City Art Institute 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.
In addition, this year's event included a Saturday, June 22, panel discussion 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.
Share Art of the Car Concours photos on flickr
Thousands of photos of the 2013 Concours are now available on flickr. Visit www.flickr.com/groups/2237543@N24/?added=5. If you have photos you would like to share from this year’s event, please feel free to upload them to this site.
The Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours® in the news
Tom Strongman of the Kansas City Star wrote an article about Kansas City's own Masten Gregory and the Ferrari 250 LM with which he won the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Michael Lynch, who served as emcee for the Concours, wrote a story about the event for VeloceToday.com.
Writer Paul A. Ebeling Jr. from Live Trading News authored an article about the Concours for the April issue.
Marshall Miller, founder and chairman of the Art of the Car Concours, appeared on KCPT's "The Local Show.". Here's his segment from the program:
Marshall Miller was in the June 23 edition of the Kansas City Star's Star Magazine for a feature called The Mag Interview.
Hear Sir Stirling Moss, Denise McCluggage and Marshall Miller on KCUR's "Up to Date" with Steve Kraske from Friday, June 21.
Sir Stirling Moss and Denise McCluggage visited Kansas Speedway on June 21. The Kansas City Star's Randy Covitz spoke to them about their visit in this story.
Cliff Reuter of Sports Car Digest wrote a nice wrap-up piece on this year's Concours that ran on July 5.
A posting about the Concours appeared on June 28 on the blog Oppositelock.
Stephen Cook of Autoweek wrote a story about this year's Concours that ran on July 11.
Tom Strongman of the Kansas City Star wrote a wrap-up story on the Concours in the July 1 edition of the Kansas City Star.
After his visit to Kansas City and the Art of the Car Concours, Veloce Today.com's Michael Lynch, who served as emcee of the event, compiled his thoughts in an article.
The Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours®
Art of the Car Concours – The Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours was June 23. Tickets were $12 online and $15 at the gate. Early admission tickets were $25, allowing entrance before 10 a.m. (as early as 8 a.m.) for those wanting to photograph cars as they arrive and are positioned on the lawn.
Meet the Legends – “Meet the Legends - A Conversation with Sir Stirling Moss, Denise McCluggage/Remembering Masten Gregory” was held June 22. The discussion centered on their experiences racing during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as hearing them reminisce about their relationship with Masten Gregory who died in 1985.
Exhibitor's Reception – An Exhibitor's Reception occurred on the evening of June 22 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus.
Racing legends Sir Stirling Moss and Denise McCluggage to appear
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.
Free close-in parking, shuttle service for Concours available at UMKC garage—51st and Oak streets
The University of Missouri - Kansas City’s new, large, 1,500-space, enclosed covered parking garage, located at the corner of 51st and Oak streets, will provide free parking for the Art of the Car Concours. A free shuttle service will be running throughout the day of the event between the garage and the Kansas City Art Institute campus. Parking also will be available for a fee at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art garage adjacent to the Concours site.
Interested in volunteering? A message from Concours founder and chairman Marshall Miller
Pictured: Mark Lob of Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and his father, Don Lob of Leawood, Kan., were among the multi-generation exhibitors at the Concours. They also volunteered to come in and help with stuffing, sorting and other miscellaneous preparations prior to the 2012 Concours. Thank you, Mark and Don!
We need your help at the Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours® June 23, 2013. We have already started planning and expect an even bigger and better Concours.
We depend heavily on volunteer assistance to make this great event a success. May we count on you to be a volunteer for 2013?
Download thevolunteer application form to fill out and return to firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will be invited to attend several meetings next spring, prior to the Concours, to help better organize the event and make the day’s activities interesting and rewarding for our exhibitors, sponsors, guests, and you.
If you have previously volunteered at the Concours and have suggestions for improvements, please let us know!
We look forward to working with you in 2013 at the Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours®.
Marshall V. Miller Chairman and Founder
For your viewing pleasure
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.
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Hagerty Youth Judging experience back for another year
The youth judging experience, sponsored by Hagerty Insurance, will again allow young people, ages 9-14, to view vintage show vehicles up close and interact directly with their owners. This is the third consecutive year we’ve hosted the Hagerty Youth Judging and is one of more than 70 programs of its type hosted at shows across the country. It is a great opportunity for young people to learn about automotive history as it continues to be a part of the Art of the Car Concours. For more information, please contact Brenda Zeller at 816-561-4999 or via email at email@example.com.
In 2012, Hagerty Insurance, allowed young judges to view vintage show vehicles up close and interact directly with their owners.
Would you like to advertise in the Art of the Car Concours program?
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.