A 1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe owned by SCMer Aaron Weiss captured three awards, including “Best of Show” honors at the 2012 U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance at LeMay – America’s Car Museum.
Described by Concours emcee Edward Herrmann as “an elegant and beautiful example of American coachwork and engineering,” the Marmon also was named winner of The People’s Choice award and placed first in the Classic Car Club of America (Early) class.
The 2-door convertible was selected as best in a field of 120 vehicles from six states and British Columbia. Vehicles traveled from Alaska (2 vehicles), British Columbia (3), California (4), Oregon (4), Pennsylvania (10) and Washington (96) to compete in the event. The vehicle that traveled farthest for the U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours was a 1947 Kurtis Omohundro Special owned by Geoff Hacker of Tampa, Florida.
“We’re just elated, we’re thrilled to win Best of Show,” said Weiss, of San Marino, Calif., who was accompanied by his wife Valerie as he accepted the trophy. “This is just a stunning day.”
The tenth edition of the Kirkland Concours was the first to be held at America’s Car Museum, the new attraction in downtown Tacoma. More than 2,500 people attended the show, which benefits Seattle Children’s Hospital.
“I visited here last month and toured America’s Car Museum,” said Weiss. “I’m pleased to see the development of the museum and the facility, and what a great place for a car show.”
“We’ve known for some time that the Kirkland Concours has a very devoted following, and that rang true today” said Scot Keller, chairman of the U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance. “The loyalty and devotion of vehicle owners and spectators alike really helped continue the great tradition of this event at its new home.”
“America’s Car Museum has become the center of car culture in the Pacific Northwest,” said ACM President and CEO David Madeira. “Now, hosting an event the caliber of the U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance at ACM makes us unique among car museums, and is another step toward our goal to be seen as the preeminent automotive museum in North America.”
2012 U.S. Bank Kirkland Concours d’Elegance Class Winners and Special Award Recipients:
Best of Show: 1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe owned by Aaron Weiss of San Marino, Calif.
Kirkland Concours Award: 1928 Auburn Speedster, owned by Karen Hutchinson
Founders Award: 1904 Fiat 60 H.P. owned by Bob Sullivan
Curator’s Award: 1938 BMW 328 Roadster owned by Nancy Martin
Most Elegant Award (closed): 1930 Rolls-Royce P-I Brewster Trouville owned by Glenn Mounger
Most Elegant Award (open): 1933 Chrysler C.L. Phaeton (LeBaron) owned by Tom Crook
Participants’ Choice Award: 1932 Alfa Romeo Tipo B (P3) owned by Greg Whitten
Peoples’ Choice Award: 1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe owned by Aaron Weiss
Seattle Children’s Hospital Award: 1947 Lincoln 12 Convertible owned by Joan Watjen
The Richard Hooper Collector Award: Jeff Clark
Junior Judges Award: 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trafeo owned by Roy Cats
Best Presentation Award: 1918 Biddle H Towncar owned by the Fountainhead Museum
Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA)/Historic Vehicle Association Award: 1904 Fiat 60 H.P. owned by Bob Sullivan
British Motorcycles: 1946 Norton 18 owned by Mark Zenor
Unlimited Hydroplanes (boat class): Miss Budweiser (1980 Griffon model), owned by Eric and Barbara Mann
Classic Car Club of America Classics (Late): 1937 Rolls-Royce P-III Hooper Saloon-Limousine owned by Peter Gleeson
Classic Car Club of America (Early): 1933 Marmon V-16 Convertible Coupe owned by Aaron Weiss
Bulgari Collection: 1935 Buick 96S Sport Coupe owned by Nicola Bulgari
Special Display: 1947 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa owned by Jim Clark
Antiques: 1919 McFarlan Type 127 Touring owned by the Fountainhead Museum
Lamborghini: 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Interim owned by John Atzbach
British Invasion: 1960 AC Ace Bristol owned by James Feldman
American Post War Designs: 1949 Buick Convertible Super from the LeMay Family Collection