U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d'Elegance, presented by America's Car Museum

September 9, 2012

Event’s new home, Haub Family Field at LeMay - America’s Car Museum,
to spotlight collector cars, boats and motorcycles September 9. 

The U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance features the main event on Sunday, September as well as two other exciting events:
The Tour d’Elegance takes place from Thursday-Saturday September 6-8.  This is an exciting, fun filled three day driving adven¬ture, touring pristine Pacific Northwest back roads, nestled in giant Evergreens with vistas of salt water inlets and wildlife.  Accommodations will be at the Lake Quinault Lodge. The tour will include great cars and folks from all over the country, enthusiasm for this event has caused many participants from previous years to return.  An application and more information is available at our weblink. http://www.kirklandconcours.org/tour.html

The Tour du Jour on Friday, September 7.  If you own a sports car, belong to one of this year’s invited clubs, and want to explore some of Washington’s most scenic roads, the Kirkland Concours “Tour du Jour” offers an opportunity to join like minded enthusiast for a very special day. The tour begins at the new Lemay Museum, next to the Tacoma Dome in downtown Tacoma, for private viewing of some of the cars. The planned route takes in 100 miles of country roads passing through some of the Puget Sound regions most spectacular scenery. A mid tour rest stop in Belfair has been arranged before the final leg of the tour returns participants to the McCormick Woods Golf Course for a hosted lunch and a secured parking area for display of participant cars. More information is available at our weblink. http://www.kirklandconcours.org/vin.html

Featured classes for the U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance have been determined for the 2012 Kirkland Concours d’Elegance, which will take place Sunday, Sept. 9 at a new location, the LeMay - America’s Car Museum (ACM) at the Haub Family Field.


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“In ten years, the U.S Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance has become one of the top concours events in the country and a very popular event in the northwest,” said Scot Keller, chairman of the U.S Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance. “Bringing it to America’s Car Museum is a natural fit, and the museum is in a good position to grow this event and continue the great tradition of this show.”

“For our first Kirkland Concours at ACM, we’ll have an amazing blend of antique, classic and postwar cars, plus motorcycles and unlimited hydroplanes to mark the concours’ 10th anniversary.”

Since its inception in 2003, the Kirkland show has become a signature event for the Puget Sound region. A portion of the proceeds from the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance will continue to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital.

Tom Armstrong, founding chair of the Kirkland Concours and currently a member of the advisory board, said, “This move will enhance the concours significantly, and benefits one of the northwest’s finest healthcare institutions dedicated to caring for children as well as LeMay - America’s Car Museum.”

The 3.5-acre Haub Family Field at America’s Car Museum, which holds its grand opening June 2, has ample room to accommodate all of the Concours’ collectable coupes, sedans and sports cars, plus thousands of spectators.

The 2012 Kirkland Concours will feature the following classes:

* The Cars of Nicola Bulgari. Twelve vehicles from the collection of Italian jewelry magnate Nicola Bulgari.

* Kirkland’s Best of Show. The winners from the nine previous Kirkland Concours.

* British Invasion. Postwar cars from England, including Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lotus, Triumph and MG.

* American Postwar Designs. U.S.-built cars from 1948 to 1951.

* Lamborghini. Countach, Diablo, Murcielago and more from the Italian sports car manufacturer.

* Unlimited Hydroplanes. 3,000 horsepower. That’s how much power some of these 30-foot racing boats generate. Some restored, fully operable unlimited hydroplanes from private collectors and the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum in Kent, Wash. will be on display.

* British Motorcycles. Motorcycles from manufacturers like Norton, Triumph, Matchless and Rickman.

* Classic Car Club of America (two classes: Early and Late). The Classic Car Club of America defines a Classic as a “Fine” or “Distinctive” automobile, American or foreign built and produced between 1925 and 1948.

The Concours will also include an Antiques Class and a Special Display Class with a variety of important automobiles.

Attendees to the show will also get an opportunity to experience the America’s Car Museum.

Event Information:
Date: Sunday - September 9, 2012

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: America's Car Museum, Tacoma, Washington

Adult Tickets: $30
(includes admission to the America's Car Museum, a $14 value)

Seniors (65+), Military and AAA: $25
(includes admission to America's Car Museum, a $12 Value)

Youth Tickets (5-12): $15
(includes admission to America's Car Museum, a $8 value)
Children Under 5: Free


About the U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance (
www.kirklandconcours.com)
The U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance, established in 2003, has become the premier Concours d’Elegance in the Pacific Northwest and one of the top five concours in the United States. The U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance is a charitable event benefitting the Seattle Children’s Hospital and LeMay - America’s Car Museum. The event has raised more than $1.5 million to benefit uncompensated healthcare. The U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, administered and produced by LeMay - America’s Car Museum, and held on the second Sunday in September.



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