Racing legends Sir Stirling Moss and Denise McCluggage scheduled to appear
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 28, 2013) — More than 200 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles, including cars, trucks, race cars, motorcycles and pedal/electric cars belonging to collectors from many states throughout the country will be rolling into town for the seventh annual Art of the Car Concours. The 2013 event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 23, on the Kansas City Art Institute campus at 4415 Warwick Blvd.
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, from England; 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.” Arrangements are being made to have examples of their vintage racecars on display throughout the weekend.
Moss started in 529 races in all classes of motor racing, including Formula One, from 1948 to 1962, finishing in 375 of them and winning 212. 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."
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.
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.
“Having both Stirling and Denise attend our weekend events takes the Concours to another level,” said Marshall Miller, founder and chairman of Art of the Car Concours. “Our objective is to raise funds for student scholarships at KCAI. By making the event bigger and better each year, we in turn can continue to provide financial assistance to students wanting to come to the Kansas City Art Institute.”
Both Moss and McCluggage are the central figures at an event on Saturday, June 22, which will see them recount their lifelong experiences, against a backdrop of the cars they and Gregory raced. Space is limited, and information will be available at a later date on the event website. On Saturday night, a reception for exhibitors, guests and the public will be held. Tickets can be purchased for $20. More information will be available on the website as the date of the event nears.
More than 30 awards will be presented during the Concours, including the “People’s Choice” awards for vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles. Ballots submitted by people attending the event determine these awards. Event sponsors select other award winners. A hallmark of the Art of the Car Concours is the tradition of presenting awards created by KCAI students or alumni.
Admission to attend the event is $15 at the gate or $12 in advance online; children age 10 and younger are admitted free. For more information on the Art of the Car Concours, visit www.kcai.edu/events/special-events/art-car-concours
. Proceeds benefit scholarships at KCAI, a premier, private, independent, four-year college of art and design whose former students include Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Morris and famed animator Walt Disney, who took Saturday classes there as a teenager.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
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 certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts "Current Perspectives," a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and 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. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu
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