Kirkland Concours d’Elegance Moving to LeMay—America’s Car Museum

Imagine the possibilities when the magnificent automobiles that the Kirkland Concours is known for are combined with the vast LeMay collection. Beginning September 2012, the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance will take place on the showfield at LeMay—America’s Car Museum showfield. Following a transition period, LeMay is to become the official steward of the long-running concours, and will eventually take over all management responsibilities. 

LeMay President and CEO David Madeira wrote in an email this weekend, 

As you know, when we began to develop the Museum plans we determined that an important aspect of sustainability will be to bring numerous and large events to the Museum. As part of the plan we created a show field to attract car shows, motorcycle events, concours, dealer events, music festivals, and drive in theatres. As we developed our plans we indicated that we would create “signature” events for the Museum such as an ongoing auction and regular events of the nature just described.

I’m happy to inform you that we have secured a major signature event for the Museum beginning next September 2012 as, last weekend, I secured an agreement with the Board of the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance to transfer the legal entity under the auspices of LeMay—America’s Car Museum and move the Concours to the Museum. The Board has agreed to remain on to help us with transition, as the Founding Committee, to guide us in the production of the Concours, help us plan the event and classes to be exhibited, and help us retain sponsors, judges and attract the highest quality of collector vehicles for display.

Stay tuned, and watch the Kirkland Concours d’Elegance and LeMay for updates.

Keith Martin

Keith Martin has been involved with the collector car hobby for more than 30 years. As a writer, publisher, television commentator and enthusiast, he is constantly on the go, meeting collectors and getting involved in their activities throughout the world. He is the founder and publisher of the monthly Sports Car Market, now in its 33rd year. Keith has written for the New York Times, Automobile, AutoWeek, Road & Track and other publications, is an emcee for numerous concours, and had his own show, “What’s My Car Worth,” shown on Velocity. He has received many honors, including the Lee Iacocca Award, the Edward Herrman Award, was inducted into the Concorso Italiano Hall of Fame and more. He is on the boards of directors of The LeMay Museum and Oregon Ballet Theater, and was formerly the chair of the board of the Meguiar's Award.

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