Stunning Talbot-Lago takes top award in Kansas City

| 12 Jul 2012

More than 200 classics – including rarities such as a Talbot-Lago, Stutz M Lancefield Coupe, Peugeot 402 Darl’mat Roadster, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost and six Duesenbergs – were on show at last month’s Sixth Annual Art of the Car Concours in Kansas City, USA.

First place in the People’s Choice awards went to a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-SS Teardrop Coupé (main picture) owned by the the Mullin Automotive Museum.

Second place was awarded to a 1930 Stutz M Lancefield Coupé owned by Richard and Irena Mitchell of Montgomery, Texas; while Mark Hyman’s 1938 Peugeot 402 Darl’mat Roadster took third.

Fred Guyton of St. Louis picked fourth with his fantastic 1909 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (below).

The Duesenbergs were the highlight of the event with examples spanning most of the firm’s existance. They included early models such as the Duesenberg-engined 1907 Mason Touring (pictured second from bottom), owned by Phyllis Ary of Kansas, and a 1910 Model A owned by George Hess of Kansas.

Later models included a 1920 Revere (Duesenberg Model G “Wallsing Beam” sidevalve engine) owned by Stephen Plaster, of Missouri; a 1929 Model J-108 Murphy (bottom of the page) owned by John Groendyke, of Oklahoma; a 1933 Riviera Phaeton Brunn, also owned by Groendyke; and a 1929 J Weymann St Loud Sport Sedan owned by Richard Quick of St. Louis.

New to the event were the pedal cars, with one winning the inagural Best First Ride, while the Multi-Generation Award celebrated families in which more than one member exhibited at least one vehicle.

The Art of the Car Concours made its debut in 2007 and is the largest invitation-only Concours between Detroit and California, attracting cars from 65 cities and 12 States across the US.

Marshall Miller, founder and chairman of the event, presented 38 awards overall, and said: “There is no professional judging: the awards are chosen by the companies and individuals presenting the awards.”