Kansas City Art Institute to host fourth annual Art of the Car Concours™ on June 27

3 June 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 3, 2010) - The fourth annual Art of the Car Concours™, featuring a vast array of vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles, including cars, trucks, racing cars and vintage motorcycles, belonging to Midwest area collectors, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute, 45th and Oak streets.

This year’s event will feature President Woodrow Wilson’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow Limousine. The vehicle, which has been restored to full working order, is owned by the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Va., and has been exhibited at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Also featured at the event will be the Bobby Darin “Dream Car,” a one-of-a-kind custom car designed for the singer by Detroit clothing designer Andy Di Dia in 1953 and completed in 1960. The car is part of the automobile collection at the St. Louis Transportation Museum.

The cost to attend the concours is $12 per person; children 10 years old and under and faculty, staff and students of the Kansas City Art Institute will be admitted free. Tickets are available for advance purchase online at www.artofthecarconcours.com at a discounted price of $10. Proceeds will benefit KCAI’s scholarship fund. Attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite vehicles. “People’s Choice” ballots will be distributed, and there will be trophies made by KCAI students for the top five cars. Corporate sponsors, the president of KCAI and the chairman of the Concours also will be providing trophies for special vehicles they choose as the best in particular categories.

“In four years the Concours has grown to the largest in the Midwest for high-quality original vehicles of a wide variety,” said Marshall V. Miller, chairman and founder of the event. “There is no similar event in Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, St. Louis or Dallas. As a result, exhibitors, sponsors and visitors from around the country will be traveling to Kansas City for the Concours. This year we have many new vehicles that will delight our guests. We especially encourage multi-generations of families to attend, as that is how I started my interest.” 

Miller said that he anticipates that more than 180 vehicles, trucks and vintage motorcycles will be on display. Many of the local vehicles are in private collections and have not been publicly displayed. Amelia Island and Pebble Beach Concours winners also will be displayed.

Sponsors of the event to date are both local and national, and include Aristocrat Motors/Maserati of Kansas City; Baron Automotive; The Branson Collector Car Auction; Chubb Insurance; Commerce Bank; Curves Ahead Transport; Grass Pad; Harley-Davison Inc.; Hagerty Insurance Agency Ltd.; Heritage Tow; Hyman Ltd.; Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., U.S.A.; Meguiar’s Inc.; Overland Park Jeep/Dodge/Chrysler; Thoroughbred Ford; and community partners DeLaSalle Education Center and McPherson College.
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent, four-year college of art and design, awarding the bachelor of fine arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City's oldest arts organization. More information about the Art of the Car Concours™ is available at www.artofthecarconcours.com.

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Contact Liz Murray at 816-802-3458 or emurray@kcai.edu for more information.