2019 KCDE Class criteria

KCdE 2019 Class Criteria Descriptions

Class 1 Antiques thru 1924 “Brass Era”  —  The beginning of the automobile era through the early 1920s is considered the antique / brass era. During this time many automobile manufactures were using brass for headlights, radiators, windshield frames, etc. Hence the brass era.

Class 2 Vintage 1925-1949    This is a hard class to define. Generally ‘vintage cars” are described as automobiles manufactured between 1919 and 1930. Our definition of “Vintage” automobiles are not as old as “Brass Era” and extend through the first few years following World War II (1949).

Class 3 CCCA 1915-1948  —  The Classic Car Club of America recognizes significant automobiles, both foreign and domestic, that meet the club’s requirements. Generally speaking, a car must be distinctive, such as having a custom body. Often, the cars were exclusive, high-priced models when new. 

Class 4 Coach Built Classics  — The practice of elaborate coachbuilding carried on, especially in Europe, up until World War II. Coachbuilding houses in the UK, Italy, France, Germany and elsewhere built custom bodies for the chassis that Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other luxury carmakers would produce. Some ultra-luxury vehicles were produced as chassis only, which were then handed off to various coach builders. Duesenberg, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce employed this method of production in the ’30s and ’40s.

Class 5A Collector American Open 1947-1975  —  The 1950s were pivotal for the American automobile industry. The years following World War II sparked a revolution in automotive design and technology. This era brought a wide range of new technologies to the automobile consumer but big problems for the independent automobile manufacturers who could not benefit from mass production and the economies of scale. The age of small independent automakers was nearly over, as most of them either consolidated or went out of business. By the end of the decade, the industry had reshaped itself into the Big Three, Studebaker and AMC.

Class 5B Collector American Closed 1947-1975  —  A number of innovations were either invented or improved sufficiently to allow for mass production after WW II: air conditioning, automatic transmission, supercharging, power steering, power brakes, seat belts and most significantly the overhead-valve V8 engine. Studebaker was the first independent automaker to produce a low-priced V8 and the horsepower race had begun, laying the foundation for the muscle car era. Further challenges came with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and regulations governing automobile fuel economy in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Class 6 Sports Classics  —  Sports cars follow a number of paths to reach high levels of performance. For some, it is lightweight and a balanced suspension. Others use larger engines and technology to surpass the standard family car.

Class 7 Foreign Collector  — Collector Foreign is an eclectic collection of automobiles from English, German and Japanese manufactures. The class includes sporting, touring and luxury automobiles from the 1930s to 1970. The cars in this class are sought after, and some have been kept in the same family for generations.

Class 8 Sports Contemporary  — Sports cars follow a number of paths to reach high levels of performance. For some, it is light weight and a balanced suspension. Others use larger engines and technology to surpass the standard family car.

Class 9 Contemporary Classics  — Performance and exotic cars have made huge gains in the last three decades. This class features everything from European exotics to a rare American exotic, wearing Italian coachwork, to a seminal Japanese sports car.

Class 10 “Featured Marque” Aston Martin  —  

Class 11 Corvette  —  “Most Wanted” wishlist for the July event. If you have a unique corvette, please contact us.

C1’s – Fulie’s and Z06 Big Tanks
C2’s – L-78, L-88, ‘63 split window
C3’s – ZL1,  L88’s, T-tops
C4’s – ZR1, ‘96 GS convertible
C5’s – Z06, 50th Anniversary, Fixed Roof Coupe, Indy Pace car
C6’s – Z06 (Comp Sport/GT1), ZR1
C7’s – Carbon 65, ZR1, Z06

Class 12 American Performance 1955 – 1975    During the late ’50s through the mid ’70s American manufactures attempted to out do each other with higher performance cars. By the mid ’70s insurance costs and gasoline prices had increased significantly to curtail this performance craze.

Class 13 Classic Thunderbirds 1955-1957  —  Ford’s first Thunderbird was released (1955) in late 1954 not as a Corvette competitor, but designed for the Country Club Market. Ford’s two seater Thunderbird had a production run through the 1957 model year. During 1956 and 1957 Ford released “E” and ”F” code versions. These models were equipped with two 4 bbl carburetors (E) or the optional supercharger version (F ).

Class 14 Carriages  — The Carriage Class for 2019 will feature unpainted natural wood carriages.  Carriages with varnished finishes were built of the finest blemish free woods with the best grain.  These vehicles will showcase the fantastic joinery involved in the carriage making art that is usually hidden under layers of paint.

Class 15 Motorcycles  — Motorcycles represent the other side of the world’s motoring choice. Predating the automobile, motorcycles continue to offer multiple styles and manufacturers, options for customization, and a level of freedom and access not offered by automobiles. British, Italian and American motorcycles dominated the industry until the 1960s saw the introduction of the first Japanese bikes, which were less expensive, more reliable and, by the 1970s, much faster, leading to the closing of many established manufacturers.

Class 16 Future Classics  —  Some cars are classics from the moment they are introduced, whether they are mass-produced or exclusive examples built for the most fanatic owners. They can be familiar muscle cars or designs that harken back more than a century.

Class 17 Loud & Furious —The Loud and Furious class is returning for its 3rd straight year at the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance. This class consists of cars that have been heavily modified as would be seen in the Fast and Furious movies. Modifications to these vehicles focus on customizing and upgrading engines, engine bays, interiors, trunks, wheels, suspension, paint, and body panels.

Class 18 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 1969–2012 — 50th Anniversary Celebration of  the Pontiac Trans Am and will feature all the anniversary models of the the Trans Am that Pontiac built and the very first year.

Returning to Keeneland ??!!

We hope to see everyone again. And again.

Car nominations are coming in now for the 2019 year. If you are returning/planning on bringing your car and about to fill out the nomination form – Please note:

Any vehicle which has been awarded a KCdE Best in Class will not be eligible for future judged entry.
Vehicles may not be entered more than (2) times within (5) year period.
Thank you.

Mari Hulman George passes away at 83

Photo courtesy Indianapolis Motor Speedway

IMS matriarch Mari Hulman George passes away at 83

Mary “Mari” Hulman George, matriarch of the Hulman George racing family and Chairman of the Board Emeritus of Hulman & Company, which owns and operates the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, passed away early Saturday morning. She was 83.

Hulman George passed away surrounded by family members, according to an Indianapolis Motor Speedway statement.

“Racing is filled with passionate people, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone more passionate than Mari Hulman George,” retired IndyCar and NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, an Indiana native who grew up idolizing the Indy 500 and the speedway, told The Associated Press.

Hulman George oversaw stewardship of IMS – known as the Racing Capital of the World – as its chairman for nearly 30 years, from 1988 until her retirement from active involvement in day-to-day operations in 2016. However, even in retirement, she still remained active in IMS oversight.

Noted for her quiet yet firm control of the company – which included Hulman & Company, IMS and the IMS Foundation – Hulman George also was well known for her philanthropic efforts in Indianapolis and the state of Indiana for numerous groups, including Special Olympics, of which she was involved with until her death.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hulman & Company matriarch Mary “Mari” Hulman George, who passed away early Saturday at the age of 83. (Photo: Getty Images)

Hulman George spent her entire adult life in and around IMS, which was purchased in November 1945 by her father, Anton “Tony” Hulman Jr., who saved the facility from almost certain demolition following the conclusion of World War II.

Hulman George was one of the most respected individuals in motorsports, and was one of the first women to be involved in operations and management of such a major facility as IMS in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mary Antonia Hulman – who adopted the nickname “Mari” in her youth – was born to Anton Herman Jr. and Mary Fendrich Hulman on December 26, 1934 in Evansville, Indiana.

While Hulman was involved in helping her family run IMS as a teenager, it was after attending Purdue University that she became immersed in greater involvement in assisting her father in operating IMS.

In 1954, Hulman George, who had not even turned 21 yet, joined with family friend Roger Wolcott to form the HOW racing team, which became successful in both the American Automobile Association (AAA) and United States Auto Club (USAC) Sprint and National Championship series.

Among drivers that piloted cars for the HOW team were Jerry Hoyt, Eddie Sachs, Tony Bettenhausen, Roger McCluskey and Elmer George, whom she married in April 1957. Elmer George subsequently won the Midwest Sprint Car title the same year after finishing third in 1956. Elmer George would also finish third in 1958. In addition, Sachs was runner-up in the Midwest Sprint Car rankings in 1954.

Mari Hulman George and her husband co-owned an Indianapolis 500 entry in 1962 and 1963 that Elmer George drove, finishing a career-best 17th in 1962. Elmer George received relief help from Paul Russo and A.J. Foyt during that race.

Jeff Gordon with Mari Hulman George after winning the Brickyard 400 on August 8, 2004 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Photo By Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images)

Foyt and Hulman George first met in 1958, forming a relationship that evolved into a lifelong friendship. Foyt was one of Hulman George’s closest friends and most trusted advisors, and vice-versa Hulman George was the same for Foyt.

Hulman also maintained close relationships with numerous drivers, team owners, sponsors, Indianapolis and Indiana politicians, business leaders, charitable group officials and more.

Hulman George was a private person who rarely sought out the public spotlight. But she did assume the role of issuing the famous “Gentleman (and Lady or Ladies, if females were entered in the race), Start Your Engines” command to start races for more than 15 years, from the late 1990s until 2015, in both the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Brickyard 400.

She also became close with stars of TV and the silver screen, including her beloved friend Jim Nabors, who sang “Back Home Again In Indiana” at IMS for nearly 30 years, and Florence Henderson, who also performed for numerous years during Indy 500 pre-race activities.

Hulman George will be long remembered for her oversight of IMS and taking the facility and related events to unprecedented heights of notoriety and popularity.

It was under Hulman George’s watch that IMS not only further solidified the Indy 500 as the greatest motorsports racing event in the world, but also played host to NASCAR and the Brickyard 400, Formula One (2002 through 2007), the FIM MotoGP World Championship, began the Indianapolis Grand Prix for IndyCar in 2014, and more recently, the Red Bull Air Race.

One of Hulman George’s greatest achievements – and one the racing world globally has her to thank for especially – was her determination to constantly enhance safety. She led the move for IMS to become the first major racing facility in the world to install the energy-absorbing SAFER Barrier in 2002.

In addition to her philanthropic involvement, Hulman George was also a tireless advocate for animals, particularly horses and dogs, particularly retired racing Greyhounds.

Hulman George is survived by three daughters, Nancy George, Josie George and Kathi George-Conforti; a son, Anton H. “Tony” George; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Coffey; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and her longtime companion, Guy Trollinger. She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer, and a stepson, Joseph George.

Funeral arrangements are pending and have been entrusted to Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The 2019 Classes

We are very pleased to announce the 2019 – Classes of the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance. If you’re interested – our nomination form is here online to fill out or – you can print a form to mail to us. 

Tell your friends.

Class 1   Antiques thru 1924 (Brass Era)

Class 2   Vintage 1925 – 1942

Class 3   CCCA 1915 – 1948

Class 4   Coach Built Classics

Class 5a   Collector American 1946 – 1975 “open”
Convertibles and Roadsters

Class 5b   Collector American 1947 – 1975 “closed”
Coupes and Sedans

Class 6   Sports Classics

Class 7   Foreign Collector

Class 8   Sports Contemporary

Class 9   Contemporary Classic

Class 10   Aston Martin   Our featured marque

Class 11   Corvette

Class 12   “American Performance” 1955 – 1975

Class 13   Classic Thunderbirds

Class 14   Carriages

Class 15   Motorcycles

Class 16   Future Classics

Class 17   Loud & Furious

Class 18   Pontiac Trans Am 1969 – 2002

Class 19   Display

With great sadness and heavy hearts, we share this news of the great loss.

No one captured Keeneland quite like Peter Williams.

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Equine artist Peter Williams, who painted in Keeneland’s paddock, has died at 84. A native of New Zealand, Williams lived in Goshen.

2018 Porsche Raffle Winner

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I want all my skeptical friends to take note. This man drove from Virginia to see the Keeneland Concours d’Elegance. He saw the raffle car, listened to the sales pitch and bought a raffle ticket. A few hours later, his name was drawn from the drum. It’s that simple and yes it is really that legitimate. Plan now to buy your ticket next year.

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Andrew H. Werthmann to Keeneland Concours’ 2018 Action Group

Thanks again to the Keeneland Concours for the opportunity to win the prize. Big shout out to Jim Lawrence and Connie Jones for meeting me today at Bluegrass Motorsports. A fine machine!

It is ON !!!!


A technical glitch with posting this event caused some to see a cancellation notice for the concours. That is not true. The show must go on!

Keeneland Concours d’Elegance will hold its annual event this Saturday on the historic grounds of Keeneland Race Track. Proceeds will once again go to the Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

Open to the public at 9 am, awards at 3 pm and the Raffle drawing at 4 pm.

Judged classes of classic and modern cars. Featured will be BMW automobiles and motorcycles. Hundreds of cars from our community fill the Car Paddock areas for your viewing pleasure.

We will complete the raffle of the 2018 Porsche Boxster. Tickets are $100 each and limited to 1,200 to be sold.

This is a family friendly event — something for everyone. Lots of benches under the trees to sit and take in the event. Our Food Court features many flavors and cold treats.

This is truly a community event with national participation. We hope you will come our and see for yourself why this is highly rated event.

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On-line ticket sales

On-line ticket sales for the 2018 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance will end this Thursday, July 19th at 10:00 PM EST. We hope to see everyone out having fun with us on Saturday. Gates opens at 9 AM.

More information can be found here on the website.  Thanks to everyone for helping us support the Kentucky Children’s Hospital once again.