See Wright's Wheels at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance

Frank Lloyd Wright was a dedicated auto enthusiast whose artistic eye influenced his choice of vehicles (and led to some gorgeous gas station designs as well). The second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance, January 11, 2015 at the Arizona Biltmore, will celebrate Wright's wheels with a special class of Wright-owned cars. Attendees of the Conservancy's 25th anniversary conference at the Biltmore will have the opportunity to bid on two tickets to the event at our silent auction.

The Concours organization is on the hunt for 54 documented cars Wright owned, which is no easy task, says Ed Winkler, a director of the Arizona Concours who is spearheading the search. Winkler has found 10 of the 54 and confirmed two Wright-owned cars for the event. They include a 1937 AC 16/80 “Ace” roadster that will make its post-restoration debut at the Concours after being out of the public eye for more than 40 years. The classic, upscale British sports car will appear just as it did when owned by Wright, down to the signature Cherokee Red paint hue that the architect favored for nearly all of his cars. David and Rochelle Buice of Dallas, Texas, have owned the AC since 1974, and it has been undergoing a total restoration for the past two years. The car is fully documented as the AC used by the architect and owned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation through 1969.

The Concours is a judged event with roughly 80 meticulously restored cars among 14 classes. The selection of a special class for Frank Lloyd Wright cars was inspired by the architecture of the Biltmore hotel, which opened in 1929 and was designed in Wright's landmark style by Albert Chase MacArthur. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has been an enthusiastic supporter of the efforts to bring together the class of his cars, and one of the special events for the 2015 Arizona Concours is a tour of Taliesin West.

Anyone with information on a documented Wright-owned automobile is encouraged to contact Ed Winkler.

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