Sunday’s Car Classic ’10: Freedom of Motion, was a success! While a little drizzly at times, the crowds were not deterred, visiting Hillside Campus to tour studios, look at student work, hear guest speakers and, of course, check out the automobiles (and aircraft, watercraft and motorcycles!)
“The Mini was the first car I ever stole,” joked Stephenson. He was referring to sneaking out in his mother’s as a young teenager. “It was that easy to drive,” he explained. Fitting that fate would have him involved in the redesign of the vehicle decades later.
Also speaking was Photography alumnus Jeff Zwart, award-winning automotive photographer and commercial film director who recently set a new record racing up Pike’s Peak in a Porsche 911 GT3.
“You never realize how much your childhood interests will influence your life later on,” Zwart said as he remarked on growing up (with childhood friend, alum and automotive design superstar Freeman Thomas) with a love of everything automotive.
It’s almost time for the ninth annual Car Classic! This year’s theme, Freedom of Motion, celebrates the powerful combination of technology and passion that allows humans to move well beyond our physical abilities. Whether it’s hurtling down the road in a vintage Bugatti, pulling 5G around a corner in a Formula One racecar, hitting 50 mph on a 15-pound Tour de France bike, or winning the 100 meter dash on a pair of prosthetic legs, we continually seek the freedom of moving beyond our physical limitations. This year’s event will focus on the design and technology being used to break free from these limitations.
Keynote speaker will be Transportation Design alumnus Frank Stephenson, design director for McLaren Automotive, who will unveil the new McLaren MP4-12C. Also speaking will be Jeff Zwart, an award-winning automotive photographer and videographer who recently set a new record racing up Pike’s Peak in a Porsche 911 GT3.
An incredible array of more than 100 rare and exotic automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, watercraft and other vehicles will be on display in Art Center’s panoramic Sculpture Garden. Some of the spectacular vehicles already confirmed are a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, the world’s first production Cobra and an ICON A5 sport aircraft.
Attendees will have the opportunity to tour Art Center’s studio classrooms and rapid prototyping facilities to view the work of tomorrow’s top designers. KABC automotive reporter Dave Kunz and host of Speed Channel’s Car Crazy Barry Meguiar will again emcee the event and awards ceremony. Twelve honors will be presented to vehicles of exceptional design, as judged by a team of design experts.