Monday, July 13, 2009

July 19 - Art Center Car Classic - By Air, Land and Sea

Art Center Car Classic ‘09
By Air, Land and Sea
Sunday, July 19, 2009
10 AM – 4 PM

Top automotive designers, collectors and enthusiasts at Car Classic ’09 will convene as Art Center once again celebrates vehicles that push the boundaries of design. The Classic brings together 100 rare and exotic vehicles, including classics, sports cars, hot rods and customs, motorcycles, aircraft, watercraft, keynote presentations by world-renowned designers as well as tours of design studios and galleries.

This year’s theme, “By Air, Land and Sea,” celebrates vehicles that push the boundaries of design. To reflect the broadening focus of Art Center’s Transportation Design Department, the College moves beyond the automobile to showcase the best in all types of transportation. The event will focus on the historic relationship between aircraft and watercraft design and the automobile industry.

In keeping with the event’s expanded theme, the keynote address will be delivered by Burt Rutan, the aerospace engineer world-renowned for his designs of the record-breaking aircraft Voyager and SpaceShipOne, winner of the 2004 Ansari X-Prize. Rutan, who is currently preparing to launch the Virgin Galactic spaceline with Sir Richard Branson, opening the doors for sub-orbital space tourism, is scheduled to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Art Center and General Motors Design at Car Classic ’09. Rutan has long been an inspiration to Art Center students, especially those who visited his aerospace and specialty composites development company, Scaled Composites, as part of their class on materials and methods.

Tickets to Car Classic ’09 are $60 at the door or $50 online. Alumni save $20 online.
Admission is free to all current Art Center students (undergraduate or graduate degree programs), all current faculty (both full- and part-time), and all current staff. You must show a valid Art Center ID to receive this discount, and any guests attending with students, faculty or staff can purchase tickets at the discounted alumni rate of $30.00.

Parking for the event will be at the Rose Bowl Lot K, with shuttles running up to campus every 5 minutes.

Purchase tickets / more information: media registration, please contact Jeannine Schechter-Jacobi at

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