Art of the Car Concours 2012

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).

View the 2012 award winners.

Read a recap of the event by the Hover Motor Company.

After-the-fact coverage of the event included a richly illustrated story on the Classic & Sports Car website.

Fox 4 interviews Marshall Miller and two exhibitors on its June 20 Morning News broadcast.

Listen to an interview with Marshall Miller and Jacqueline Chanda on KCUR's “Up to Date” with Steve Kraske.

Listen to an interview with Marshall Miller on the June 9 podcast of The KCMO Home Show with Tom Bamford.

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.

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Would you like to become a sponsor?

Sponsorship opportunities for 2013 will be available at levels from $1,000 to $10,000. Check out the sponsor benefits we offer, and notify us of your interest as soon as possible. 

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!

Dear Friends, 

We need your help at the Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours® June 23, 2013. We have already started on plans for next year 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 the volunteer application form to fill out and return to

. 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!

Best regards,
Marshall V. Miller
Chairman and Founder

Would you like to exhibit a vehicle?

If you would like to apply to exhibit a vehicle at the Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours, which will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2013, please review the criteria sheet and then, if your vehicle qualifies for the Concours,fill out and submit this form. Thank you!

Youth judging, courtesy of Hagerty's "Operation Ignite!"

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.

For your viewing pleasure

Exhibitor Rodney Booth has provided a video recap of the 2011 Concours, so that you can get the flavor of event.

Rare Talbot Lago was on view at this year's Concours

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 Photo © 2006 Michael Furman

Pebble Beach Concours "Most Elegant Open Car" came to Kansas City

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.

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Ginger Rogers' 1929 Duesenberg starred at Concours

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.