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2016

Interview with Darren Abbott at Art of the Car
Interviews with Marshall Miller, Peter Brock, Bob Bondurant and Allen Grant

Check out the Kansas City Star's article on all things happening in Kansas City this weekend!

Visit the attached link for a great read on two Art of the Car Concours Exhibitor interviews with the Lee's Summit Journal

Check out the attached article from the Shawnee Dispatch with Kenny Howard on June 22, 2016.

Please take a listen to the link below for a wonderful 810 WHB interviews with Daniel Rechtfertig & Tom Strongman on June 23, 2016.

Kansas City Live Interview with Marshall Miller and Tony Jones

KC Live Interview about Art of the Car Concours on June 23, 2016, with Founder and Chairman Marshall Miller and KCAI President Tony Jones 

Come Join in the Fun at the 5th Annual Italian Motorsports Show, "Motori in Piazza" on Sunday, June 5th
 
 
5TH ANNUAL MOTORI IN PIAZZA
SUNDAY, JUNE 05, 2016 | NOON-3PM
ADMISSION: FREE

The fifth annual Italian motor sports show (Motori in Piazza) will be held on Sunday, June 5, Noon to 3pm, as part of Festa Italiana at Zona Rosa. Admission is free. With the support of our sponsors and local car, motorcycle and scooter enthusiast clubs, marques represented include Lamborghini, Maserati, Ferrari, Fiat, Ducati and Vespa.

Click on the flyer for this year’s show, which features pictures from last year’s show. If you are the owner of an Italian marque car, motorcycle or scooter, please consider bringing out your vehicle. Click on the participant’s guide for further information. There is no fee to display your vehicle and registration is not required.

NEW THIS YEAR: You've seen the cars now win an opportunity to drive one! Ferrari 360 Modena, Ferrari F430 or Lamborghini Gallardo. Purchase a raffle ticket at the show. $5 ticket or 5 tickets for $20. Winner receives a certificate for the 3-lap Autocross Car Control Experience, in either St. Louis or Kansas City. $549 value. More info here.

Must be 21 and have valid driver's license, major credit card (for incidentals), and proof of insurance. Must reserve by 7/10/16 and use by 7/17/16.

HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:

  1. Purchase raffle tickets online with credit card, or by credit card or cash at the show through one of our volunteers.

  2. Respond to the text message you receive with the raffle item's three letter code (MIP) and number of tickets. Example: MIP5. Winner announced at end of show (3pm).

The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures Is Giving Your Child a Chance to Get Behind the Wheel!
 
PEDAL TO THE METAL: PEDAL CAR RACE
SATURDAY, JUNE 04, 2016 | 9AM-12PM
$25 REGISTRATION FEE

Start you engines and win a pedal car! Sixty lucky children between the ages of 3 and 5 will race a brand new pedal car in one of ten heats. The winner of each heat will be entered into a drawing to take home a pedal car at the end of the event. For a registration fee of $25, each child will race in one of ten heats and receive a goody bag with a t-shirt and two free admissions to T/m on the day of the race. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and must wear a helmet when racing.

Race registration is now open and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. Please fill out the registration form and liability waiver and submit to mercierk@toyandminiaturemuseum.org. The registration fee can be submitted as a donation attoyandminiaturemuseum.org/donate. Questions? Call 816.235.8005 or email mercierk@toyandminiaturemuseum.org.

Registration Form

Liability Waiver

Generously sponsored by Art of the Car Concours

Meet Us for First Friday's on June 3rd!

For the second year in a row, the Art of the Car Concours will be displaying vehicles at two locations in the Crossroads: Arts KC at 106 SW Blvd., and the New KCAI Studio at 1817 Grand in Kansas City. Join us and help us promote the Concours to more than 50,000 attendees as we take an evening to support the Art and Entertainment Community in Kansas City! For more information, visit either the ARTSKC website or the Crossroads website.

 
Join Us at the Kansas City Auto Show Autofest March 2-6 at Bartle Hall

 
 

The Kansas City Art Institute, in cooperation with the Kansas City Auto Show and the Art of the Car Concours, are wrapping three BMW MINIs with original artwork for display at this year’s Kansas City Auto Show. The program is coordinated through KCAI’s Sponsored Studio program where design students find creative solutions for area businesses. KCAI’s Illustration students were asked to create unique designs that could be applied to cars. Representatives from the KC Auto ShowBMW, and Art of the Car Concours selected the top three designs for display at the Auto Show from March 2-6, 2016 at Bartle Hall.

The three senior illustration students whose work was selected for the program include Alison Polston from O’Fallon, MO; Emily Woodson from Pensacola, FL and Twodee Weaver from Austin, TX.


    

    

    


The program is a takeoff of the famous BMW Art Cars that began in the mid-70s where artists were invited to use the automobile as their canvas. 

The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite design while attending the Auto Show. The Automobile Dealers of Greater Kansas City Charitable Foundation will award scholarships to the three students by based on the public vote. The winner will receive a $2,000, second place will receive $1,000 and third $750. The three final designs were culled from 13 student entries.

Additional partners in this project include Baron MINI, who provided the three Mini Coopers and Wrap It Up! Vehicle Wraps in Shawnee, KS. 

The auto show will also feature a display of 10 classic cars to highlight this year’s 10th Anniversary of the Art of the Car Concours, to be held on the grounds of the Kansas City Art Institute on June 26, 2016. Here are two examples of that will be on display:


Victor Macek's 1932 REO 

J.B. & Anne Hodgdon's 1929 Ford Model A Mail Truck


      

    

 
Bob Bondurant, a Ford Racing Legend, will be a Featured Panelist at "Meet the Legends"

In 1965, at Reims France, in the heart of the Champagne country, Bob Bondurant drove a Cobra Daytona Coupe (Designed by Peter Brock, another panelist) to win the Grand Touring Class and clinch a World Sports Car Manufacturers Championship. To make the achievement even sweeter, the date was the fourth of July. It was the only time before or since that an American car would win a road racing World Championship.

Bob came up in racing through flat track motorcycles and the incredibly competitive Southern California road racing scene of the late 1950s, early 1960s. In 1959 he won the West Coast B Production Championship in a Corvette. From 1960-1963, he moved on to sponsor Shelly Washburn’s 1959 Vette and then a Z06 Sting Ray, winning 30 of 32 races.

When Carroll Shelby began building his Cobras, he engaged Bob, who continued his winning ways in the Ford-powered Cobras. When Shelby contested the World Championship against Ferrari, Bob was a mainstay of the team that achieved the result described above. After his Cobra days, he drove Grand Prix cars for Ferrari, BRM and Dan Gurney’s Eagle team. This led to becoming a consultant on John Frankenheimer’s racing film, Grand Prix, still considered to be one of the best racing movies ever made.

After a horrendous crash in a McLaren Can Am car, he opened the Bob Bondurant School of High Speed Driving in 1968. The second week he was open, two students were Paul Newman and Robert Wagner, preparing for their roles in the movie Winning. Newman was a quick study and went on to win four Sports Car Club of America National Championships. He continued racing into his eighties.

The school moved a few times before settling in at Firebird Raceway, a purpose-built facility in Phoenix. Bob has trained generations that have gone on to professional careers, as well as those who simply want to learn how to drive a race car under controlled conditions. 300,000 satisfied graduates and a number of vintage racing competitors will tell you that Bob Bondurant is still one of the fastest of them all.

Allen Grant, a Ford Racing Legend, will be a Featured Panelist at "Meet the Legends"

Another Cobra-centric Meet the Legends panelist is Allen Grant. Allen began racing an AC-Bristol in Southern California. The AC was later the basis for the AC-Cobra after Carroll Shelby began manufacturing the cars with Ford V-8s rather than the two-liter Bristol engine.

Wanting to be closer to the racing action, Grant took a job at Carroll Shelby’s Cobra works as a $2.50 per hour mechanics’ helper with the understanding that he might get to race a Cobra. Grant didn’t know that several others in the shop had been offered the same deal. Shelby recognized his talent and drive and he was soon working in the office. There, he had dealer contact and convinced Coventry Motors in the San Francisco Bay Area to sponsor him in a Cobra. Coventry sold the largest volume of Cobras during their production.

Grant’s thought was that if he could do well, he could convince Shelby to add him to the works team. His first race for Coventry was Santa Barbara in September 1963 and he won both the preliminary and the main. The car and its tow vehicle had beautiful yellow paint jobs with stripes that were designed by Grant’s roommate and race helper at the time, one George Lucas. Haskell Wexler, the two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer was involved in racing at the time, and Grant introduced Lucas to Wexler. That led to Wexler writing a recommendation that helped Lucas get into UCLA’s film program. Wexler certainly never regretted that recommendation.

After more wins in the Cobra, Grant ended up in a Cheetah-Chevrolet for the 1964 season. Finally, in 1965, Grant’s original plan came to fruition and he joined the Cobra team, which was now armed with the Peter Brock-designed Cobra Daytona Coupe, Allen’s placings added to the Cobra’s points total which won the team the Sports Car Manufacturers World Championship. 

Steve Volk, President of the Shelby American Collection Will Be A Featured Panelist at “Meet the Legends”

Steve Volk has had an extensive career in optical and rotating magnetic data storage including having launched the first tape and disc subsystem for the IBM PC, founding member of PrairieTek, inventor of the 2.5 inch hard drive, founder of Integral Peripherals developer of the 1.8 inch hard drive and founder of DataPlay which developed digital media and micro-optical storage engines for the music industry.

In 1996, Volk co-founded The Shelby American Collection www.shelbyamericancollection.org in Boulder, Colorado, which is the world’s most significant collection of Shelby race cars such as Cobras, GT40s, Shelby Mustangs and memorabilia.

Volk has extensive experience in venture funded technology startup companies, having raised over $250 million in venture capital financings. He has also established numerous joint ventures and manufacturing partnerships in the United States and throughout the Far East. Volk holds 30 patents in data storage. He was a finalist for the Rocky Mountain Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1995 and 1996, and winner of the award in 2001.

Volk served as an Advisory Board Member for the University of Colorado’s Office of Technology Transfer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University and a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri.

2015

Peter Brock, Noted Automotive Designer Will Be A Featured Panelist at “Meet the Legends”

We are pleased to announce that noted automotive designer Peter Brock will be joining us at the Art of the Car Concours as the featured panelist at our "Meet the Legends" program the day before the Concours. A celebrated career in racing, design and the automobile industry cannot be covered in the space available, but here are some highlights.

Educated at the Art Center College of design in Los Angeles, Peter went to work at 19 at the General Motors Tech Center was on the team that designed the Corvette Sting Ray. Returning to his home state of California, he became involved in the road racing scene there and became Carroll Shelby’s first paid employee, running Shelby’s driving school at Riverside Raceway. As Shelby’s company grew, Brock’s design background allowed him to create Shelby’s various logos, merchandise, advertising and even the paint designs for the various Cobras.

While his most famous Shelby design was the Cobra Daytona Coupe that allowed the team to win the World Championship for GT cars against Ferrari 1965, other racing designs included the Mustang GT350 for Shelby, TR250K for Triumph and several prototype sports racers like the Can Am Lang Cooper, De Tomaso P70 and the Nethercutt Mirage

After leaving Shelby, Peter formed Brock Racing Enterprises where he did design work for several Japanese manufacturers as well as Triumph. BRE also became the Datsun factory race team winning four major national championships. To cover the local angle, Peter was in Kansas City in 1972 when his BRE Team contested a Championship 2,5 Trans Am Round at Olathe Naval Air Station. The team won at Olathe as well as winning that year’s Trans Am Championship with driver John Morton.

The next year, Brock started Ultralight Products which grew into the largest hang gliding company in the world. Since his return to the automotive world, Peter has taught at the Art Center College of Design, has written books and is a sought-after journalist known for his cerebral coverage and photo journalism at various forms of racing, especially the great endurance races like Le Mans. He also designed and developed a modern variant of his Daytona Coupe, the Brock Coupe, now approaching 200 produced. A recent design is the Aerovault Trailer, the hot setup for towing your collector or race car. These are built at Peter’s new modern facility in Henderson, Nevada.

Peter has won many awards over the years including Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Art Center College of Design and the International Society for Vehicle Preservation including the US Department of the Interior’s recognition of the Daytona Coupe as the very first automobile included in such famous American historic icons as the Statue of Liberty and Golden Gate Bridge. The "Meet the Legends" event will be held at 1:30 on June 25th 2016 on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute. It should be a memorable experience.

Photo - Peter and Gayle Brock pose with a newly restored Datsun 510.

Ken Weyand writes for Discover Vintage America.  Click to see his article on the Art of the Car Concours.

Kansas City Star - Video at the Concours

The Kansas City Star shot a video and interview with Marshall Miller at the Art of the Car Concours.

The 2015 Edition of the Art of the Car Concours® presented by the Kansas City Mercedes-Benz Dealers broke all previous attendance records as well as having over 200 entrants on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute. Most important was the fact that in the Art of the Car’s nine years of existence, it has now contributed well over $1 million to the Kansas City Art Institute Scholarship Fund. KCAI is a four-year, independent, fully accredited college of art and design offering the bachelor of fine arts degree in a variety of disciplines.  Read more...

Meet the Legends - 2015 Panel Discussion

Meet the Legends Panel Discussion with Wayne Carini, Ralph Morano, Howard Sullivan, Tony Jones and Michael Lynch, held June 27th 2015.

The Time Warner Cable Sports Channel conducted an interview with Marshall Miller about the Art of the Car Concours.

Joe Richardson will never forget that day in 1985 when his father brought home a rusty Austin -Healey 100 to restore in his garage. To young Joe, it looked like “a pile of metal.” But not to his proud dad, Ted Richardson, who exited his car, walked over to his 11-year-old son, put his arms around him and exclaimed, “Isn’t she beautiful!”  Read more...

For one summer day each year, the Kansas City Art Institute’s grounds (4415 Warwick Boulevard) become a museum to all things souped up, sleek and sexy. The Art of the Car Concours, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 28, puts about 200 highly nonstandard vehicles (including the one shown here) on display. Your $20 ticket benefits the school’s scholarship fund. For information, including other Art of the Car events this weekend, see artofthecarconcours.com.

KC Magazine on THISISKC.com published a great article with 10 quesitons for Marshall Miller.

The Preview section of the Kansas City Star ran this article. 

Lee's Summit Tribune article about the Art of the Car Concours.

KC Live interview with Marshall Miller conducted by Joel Nichols.

Earl Lohuis had several things in mind when he bought his 1939 Ford Deluxe Sedan.

One, to buy a car that was more comfortable for his wife, Patsy, than his Model A. The Basehor resident also decided he wanted something with a very specific tie to his youth.  Read more

A great article in the KC Studio magazine.

A great article from the Kansas City Star 913 magazine.

KCUR public radio (89.3) featured Tony Jones, interim president of the Kansas City Art Institue, and Mac McLanahan, artist and demolition derby driver, talking about the Art fo the Car Concours and driving in a demolition derby driver.

Click the link below to see a special feature shown on KCTV5's Better Kansas City morning program.

"This Truck Matters" - Story of the Futurliner

A story on the Futurliner featured at the Art of the Car Concours.

Radio Spots

Radio commercials for the 2015 Art of the Car Concours.

New Art of the Car Concours Commercial

A new commercial about the Art of the Car Concours.

Here is a great article about the Art of the Car Concours featured in Leawood Lifestyles magazine.

The 435 Magazine featured the Art of the Car in their June 2015 issue.  See it here.  http://www.435mag.com/June-2015/Cool-Riders/ 

Celebrate the Art of the Car at First Friday June 5th

Now in its ninth year, the Art of the Car Concours is not your traditional car show.  There are no formal judges and no classes of vehicles.  Why, you ask? They do it to enhance the sense of community and eliminate competition.  Of course prizes are given by sponsors and the public with trophies designed largely by Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) students, faculty, and Alumni. 

As the name suggests, this event is about the art and craftsmanship of making cars.  Ranging from vintage to special interest, and pedal cars to motorcycles, these automobiles are invited to the grounds of KCAI on June 28th to exhibit with enthusiasts from roughly 15 states and 79 cities.

From the beginning, founder Marshall Miller wanted this event to be different than other concours events.  He wanted to keep it simple, eclectic and low cost.  He also wanted it to benefit the community.   That is why the sole beneficiary of this non-profit organization is the KCAI Scholarship Fund.  The Art of the Car Concours is dedicated to helping students complete their professional education and becoming working artists in the community.

This year you can catch a sneak peek of their main event at First Friday.  Happening in the heart of the Crossroads, Art of the Car Concours will sponsor First Friday at ArtsKC.  Join them at 106 Southwest Blvd. from 5:30 - 9:00pm to preview some of the cars on display at this year’s concours and witness the unveiling of the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s “Art of Data” exhibition. 

Stop by to learn how you can take part in one of Kansas City’s great cultural treasures!  

The ninth edition of the Midwest’s most important classic automobile exhibition will be held on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute on June 28, 2015. More than 200 significant vehicles from the history of the automobile will be on display at the Art of the Car Concours® including vintage cars, trucks, hot rods, motorcycles and two and four-wheel racing machinery and pedal cars. These range from the early 1900s to the 1970s.

Art of the Car Concours - 2014

Steven Cook, From City To Circuit produced this great video of the 2014 show.

2014

It seems I can't get enough of Kansas City, Missouri these days. I was recently in the KC suburb of Peculiar in May for Pete & Jake's 40th anniversary, and I just returned from the 8th annual Art of the Car Concours held in and around the Kansas City Country Club Plaza District and the Kansas City Art Institute Campus. My wife Carol and I were invited to participate in introducing hot rods to the 2014 Concours by good friend Ken Gross and Concours Chairman Marshall Miller. The date was set for three days after the SO-CAL Open House, so you know we could use a break.

Art of the Car Concours ® 2014 360
Hot rods are a uniquely American form of automotive innovation and they have come to be recognized as an important part of our four-wheeled history. To celebrate their significance in the automotive landscape, Sunday’s Art of the Car Concours classic car show at the Kansas City Art Institute will have a special display of historical hot rods. Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/cars/article588045.html#storylink=cpy
In the early 1950s, sports car road racing was beginning to blossom in America. A few Southern California hot rodders started turning their attention to road racing, but because they didn’t have the money to buys European cars such as Ferrari, Maserati and Jaguar, they built their own. Some had fairly simple frames, American V-8 engines and a functional, if sometimes ungainly, body.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - From 1932 Ford Roadsters to a brand new electric BMW, car fans found plenty to admire on the Kansas City Art Institute campus.
A father and his two sons, age 4 and 6, came by, sat on the ground in front of our Hudson and the two sons drew pictures of our car, which they referred to as "Doc Hudson's Car".
The Eighth Edition of Art of the Car Concours® continued the show’s ascension as a leading automotive event between the two coasts. Both entries and people passing through the show field were records.
I heard it coming before I saw it, rattling like constant but irregular machine gun fire. I primed my camera, and the 1954 Troutman and Barnes Special steamrolled around the corner. It looked too small for the sound it made. Just a two-seat race car, it could have fit inside a Mazda Miata. But that sound…
The eighth annual Art of the Car Concours was held on the ground of the Kansas City Art Institute on Sunday June 22, 2014. As usual there were a number of BMWs on display and this year there was a very rare treat, a pre-war 335 four door cabriolet, as well as a pair of post-war BMW Isettas.
A beautiful collection of cars on display at the Kansas City Art Institute on June 22, 2014
Hot rods first hit the scene in the 1930s. Their enduring popularity drives owners and fans to preserve and enhance these mobile pieces of history. This Sunday, The Kansas City Art Institute once again transforms the campus into a classic-car lover’s dreamland for its Art of the Car Concours event. On Friday's Up to Date Steve Kraske talks with the event organizer and an automotive expert about the rare autos at this event and the long road of hot rod history.
This eighth annual benefit for the Kansas City Art Institute scholarship fund displayed more than 200 vintage, classic and special-interest cars, trucks, motorcycles and pedal cars on the KCAI lawn on Sunday.
KSHB photo gallery - 2014 Art of the Car Concours
For car lovers there was no better place to be than Kansas City on Sunday. More than 200 vintage and classic cars, hot rods and others from across the country could be seen at the Kansas City Art Institute.
If you appreciate the craft of a great vintage car, this event is for you! Ron Portland, Exhibitor along with Michael Lynch, Vice-Chairman and Automotive Historian detail this car lover's dream event, the Art of the Car Concours.
William Rodekopf’s got a thing for Packards. The 91-year-old Independence resident has bought several of the automobiles over the years. In 1951, he bought a brand new Packard Patrician. It’s the last Packard he ever bought.
After continuous progress since the first edition, the Art of the Car Concours (Kansas City, Missouri) took a significant step forward in 2013. Added to the previous programs was a new event on Saturday called Meet the Legends/A Conversation with Sir Stirling Moss and Denise McCluggage/Remembering Masten Gregory.
Unique and rare cars on display at the eighth annual Art of the Car Concours.
Dr. Jacqueline Chanda will mark her fourth Art of the Car before she marks her fourth anniversary as president of the Kansas City Art Institute. Read more about bringing creativity and community to the campus.
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.

2013

The Art of the Car Concours has gone international. A story by Michael Lynch was published in Octane, one of the most prestigious British automotive magazines.
Here's a story from a publication called The Bulletin about Stirling Moss being reunited with his 1934 Morgan Three-Wheeler at the Concours.
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.
Stephen Cook of Autoweek wrote a story about this year's Concours that ran on July 11.
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.
BMWBlog included a nice piece on its website about this year's Concours.
On the day of the Concours, the Kansas City Star's Star Magazine ran a feature piece on Marshall Miller 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.
KCPT's "The Local Show"

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:

There is a nice piece on the Concours by Paul Ebeling Jr. in the April 26 edition of Live Trading News.
Michael Lynch, who served as emcee for the Concours, wrote a story about the event for VeloceToday.com.