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June 28, 2015
THE ART OF THE
The first Art of the Car Concours was held in 2007. Like many other such events, it was created by one person and molded to fit his vision. Marshall Miller, a noted import/export/foreign trade zone legal pioneer, grew up in Kansas City. His father liked cars, but family finances didn’t allow for any exotics. However, Miller’s father Leon did encourage his son’s interest with a Road & Track subscription from the early 1950s. The magazine made a lasting impression.
Miller first got involved with collector cars when he bought a 1931 Ford Model A for his father in 2000. It was the same year, model and color of his father’s first car. Miller’s own first collectable was an MG TC, like those he had admired in Road & Track so long ago. Miller, his father and his two sons began to go to Concours around the country including Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. And to the UK for the Aston Martin Club’s 70th Anniversary. These journeys inspired Miller to offer those in the Kansas City region the opportunity to experience the great cars he had been privileged to see in his travels. Since no similar event was held in the closest large population centers - Chicago, Denver, St. Louis and Dallas, nor in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma or Iowa -- Miller created a venue in the Midwest for vintage vehicle owners to share their treasures with those interested in viewing them.
Miller approached the Kansas City Art Institute about using their grounds. Since his wife Janet had been on the Board for twenty years, the last five as Chairman, it wasn’t a difficult negotiation. Miller wanted to keep things simple, low cost and eclectic, so he eliminated judging and classes, resulting in a collegial rather than competitive atmosphere. Because of the range of vehicles, multi-generation families are often among the attendees. There are still thirty odd prizes, but sponsors and the public decide who wins them. The trophies are mostly designed by Kansas City Art Institute students, faculty and alumni.
Since its inception, the event has grown to three days of activities. These include dinners, an exhibitors’ reception and show preview at Tivol’s jewelry on the nearby Country Club Plaza, and a Meet the Legends panel discussion that brings celebrities from different aspects of automotive history, the industry and racing to Kansas City and the Concours itself. The Art of the Car Concours is now one of the nation’s most prestigious and diverse auto showcases. Pebble Beach class winners are seen in the company of pedal cars and special interest vehicles of all types, including trucks, motorcycles, hot rods, and race cars. There is something of interest for anyone with the slightest interest in automobiles.
See pictures from past Art of the Car Concours on our Flickr page! Please share your Art of the Car Concours photos on our Flickr by uploading your own photos or sending your CD/thumb drive to: Art of the Car Concours, 4929 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112.