TACOMA, Wash. (April 2, 2012) — Featured classes 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.
“In ten years, the 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 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.
About the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance (www.kirklandconcours.com)
The 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 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 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.