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Mar 31

Fabulous cars and fun are part of Friday and Saturday event benefitting JCPRD’s public art efforts

Posted on March 31, 2021 at 10:32 AM by Becky Burnside

An Evening Cocktail Event, a free public car show, and family fun activities are all part of a new special event planned in early April to benefit the Kansas City Automotive Museum and The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County, in support of JCPRD’s Public Art program. Physical distancing, masks, and COVID-19 safe practices will be observed.

The Meadowbrook Car Show and Cocktail Event is the name of this first-ever event which will take place on Friday, April 9 and Saturday, April 10 in and around Meadowbrook Park and nearby developments.

The Evening Cocktail Event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at The Inn at Meadowbrook, a luxury boutique hotel, located at 4901 Meadowbrook Parkway, Prairie Village. This ticketed event includes hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, live entertainment, and unique raffle items. For ticket information, visit meadowbrookcarshow.com/event-details/evening-cocktail-event. Discounted hotel rates are available, and can be booked at InnAtMeadowbrook.com or by calling (913) 329-9000 with Code M3ad0Wc9r04.

The car show itself gets started on Saturday, April 10 with 100 vehicles on display near the entrance of Meadowbrook Park, 9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village. This event will be free and open to the public and will be unlike any other car show in the area. Limited to 100 vehicles, registrants will display their vehicles on the iconic Meadowbrook Park entrance drive. Vehicles expected to appear include 2020 Ford GT Heritage Edition, 1956 Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing, 1964 Porsche 904 GTS, 1922 Duesenberg Roadster, 2012 Lamborghini Aventador, 1941 Ford - George Barris Custom and the oldest surviving Barris Custom. This rain or shine event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Car entries for this event have already filled.

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“We are excited to be producing a two-day event in support of two local organizations,” said KC Automotive Museum Operations & Events Manager Cassondra Hammond. “The Friday event is a great excuse for a night out. Live music, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and a unique venue will make this a special night. The Saturday event is fun for the entire family! Not only is there a specialty car show, but we will also have many hands-on activities like a scavenger hunt and youth judging. It has been great to see community organizers for both events come together through the planning process to support two meaningful causes.”

A portion of funds generated from the two-day event will support the Kansas City Automotive Museum’s educational workshops. 

“The museum’s workshop series are hands-on opportunities for visitors of all ages to learn about a variety of topics like ‘How to Drive’ a Model T or manual vehicle, detailing classic cars, automotive art classes, and ‘Meet and Greets’ with car owners and their unique vehicles," Hammond added. 

Family Fun Activities are also scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and, in addition to spectating at the car show, will include People's Choice Voting and Hagerty Youth Judging of the car show, as well as food trucks, a scavenger hunt, sponsor displays, raffles, and opportunities to use Meadowbrook Park’s ever-popular Treeline Adventure Playground, and other play areas in the park. Community members can also stop by the JCPRD Public Art booth to provide comments on the program and sign up for future updates.

“We are thankful to collaborate with the KC Auto Museum on this exciting event,” said JCPRD Superintendent of Culture Susan Mong.  “Part of the proceeds from this event will be invested right here at Meadowbrook Park for our first public art installment, due in early 2022. We invite the public to stop by on Saturday, to see live chalk artists at Shelter #3, and to share their ideas and thoughts on public art as we move forward.”  

Sponsors for this weekend event are: VanTrust, JE Dunn Construction, and The Inn at Meadowbrook.

“It has been a pleasure to serve on the committee and be an event sponsor,” said Meadowbrook Inn General Manager Robert Leyva.  “The surrounding community has been supportive of our development and this is an opportunity for us to help put on a fun and unique event that everyone will enjoy!”

In light of the current COVID-19 guidelines, the Meadowbrook Car Show is being planned with public and participant safety in mind. Physical distancing, masks, and COVID-19 safe practices will be observed. Use of sanitation stations, cashless transactions at food trucks, and social distancing of at least six feet will be encouraged. For more about safety precautions planned for this event, visit meadowbrookcarshow.com/safety.

The Kansas City Automotive Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable corporation which currently operates an interim museum featuring more than 30 cars in a 10,000 square foot display space at 15095 W. 116th St., Olathe. The museum highlights significant Kansas City automotive history such as 1965 Le Mans winner Masten Gregory (the "Kansas City Flash"), the Ford Winchester Plant, and Greenlease Cadillac. In addition, the Kansas City Automotive Museum hosts car club meetings and special events throughout the year. For more information, go to kansascityautomuseum.com.

The Parks and Recreation Foundation of Johnson County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that cultivates financial support and community engagement through strategic philanthropic initiatives. Founded in 1977, its mission is to promote the development and sustainability of parks, trails, green space, recreation, and the arts. The group’s fundraising focus currently is in support of JCPRD’s Public Art Program, which has the goal of embedding public art into park spaces, trails, and facilities to enhance and enrich the experience for visitors. For more, go to jcprdfoundation.org.