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TACOMA, Wash. (July 24, 2013) — Featured classes and awards have been determined for the 2013 U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance, which will take place Sunday, Sept. 8 at LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) on the Haub Family Field.
The featured class for 2013 is Mercedes-Benz, with a number of the German automaker’s legendary models slated to be on display. Special classes will highlight Ferrari, the Porsche 911, five decades of Lincoln, Woodies, Classic Car Club of America vehicles and a motorcycle class consisting of Pre-War American bikes.
The event’s “Kirkland Concours Award” will be renamed to honor Phil Smart Sr., the former title sponsor of the Kirkland Concours in its early years. Smart, a longtime luxury automotive dealer, volunteer and philanthropist in the state of Washington, passed away earlier this year at 93.
“The Kirkland Concours has become a major car event due to the support of many volunteers and benefactors like Phil Smart Sr., people who donated time, resources and money to make it succeed,” said Scot Keller, chairman of the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance. “He was instrumental in establishing this show’s tradition and naming this trophy after Phil Smart Sr. ensures he will always be remembered for his dedication to this event.”
Since its inception in 2003, the Kirkland show has become a signature event for the region, with a portion of the Concours’ proceeds benefitting Seattle Children's Hospital.
For the second year, the Haub Family Field at America’s Car Museum will host the event and all the collectable coupes, sedans sports cars and spectators that go along with it. Attendees to the show will also get an opportunity to experience the America’s Car Museum.
The 2013 Kirkland Concours will feature the following classes:
· Vintage Motorcycles—Pre-War American
· Lincoln—5 Decades (1920’s-1960’s; two classes)
· Woodies—Stock Class
· Woodies—Modified Class
· Porsche 911—50th Anniversary Class (two classes)
· Classic Car Club of America Early/Open Class
· Classic Car Club of America Late/Open Class
· Preservation Class
The Concours will also include a Collector’s Class featuring the vehicles of John Goodman and a Special Display Class with a variety of important automobiles.
Special awards to be presented during the Kirkland Concours include:
· FIVA Award
· Best Presentation Award
· Junior Judges Award
· Richard Hooper Collectors Award
· Seattle Children’s Hospital Award
· People’s Choice Award
· Participant’s Choice Award
· Most Elegant Award (Open)
· Most Elegant Award (Closed)
· President’s Award
· Chairman’s Award
· Founder’s Award
· Phil Smart Kirkland Concours Award
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.
About America’s Car Museum (www.lemaymuseum.org)
State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened June 2, 2012 in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, also contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To get information on museum hours, becoming an ACM member, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum.org.