Today I had the opportunity to attend one of Kansas City's best car shows. The Art of the Car Concourse is held in the summertime, on the lawn near the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, at the Kansas City Art Institute. Unlike many of the car shows I've attended over the years, this one is 100% celebration. The vibe coming from the crowd was unlike anything I've experienced. Everyone was so friendly and the atmosphere was bustling with auto enthusiasm.
From the shiny new Aston Martin Vanquish sporting blood red stitched Alcantara headliner and the BMW I3 with the seats made from recycled plastic bottles, to the Packard Panther smiling at you through its menacingly large grill, to the very rare BMW M1 screaming to it's distant cousin across the lawn, ending with the row of Ford Concepts and even a Pinanfirina concept; the show was a feast for any car lover.
While I love just about everything I saw today, with a special grin on my face seeing the cherry 1991 Acura NSX with matching luggage, the show winner (and what got my vote in the peoples choice ballot) was the 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE Series 1. What struck me was that not only do you not see this historical car often, but you NEVER see them in this kind of condition..........driven. The paint, seats, engine, and even the tires showed their age. This makes me smile more than anything. Why am I smiling at this "less than" specimen while others are gawking at the pristine Bugatti only steps away? It's simple. This condition means that it's been driven. A lot. Beautiful cars are meant to be enjoyed, not only by collectors who wish to keep them locked away in the garage, but by drivers who want to experience what the auto designer meant for them to experience.
I loved seeing one of my dream cars sitting there in all it's glory, being admired by the onlookers. At the same time I tap my wife on the shoulder and tell her "some day". She smiles knowing that I mean some day we will own an Acura NSX, and it will be driven as much as possible.
Maybe you will see one of your dreams here in these photographs. If not, I'll be sure to capture them next year... I plan to go back for a lot longer this time.