DES MOINES, IOWA – The Des Moines Concours d’Elegance to benefit Children’s Cancer Connection awarded Best of Show to a 1917 Brewster-Knight Model 41 Single Enclosed Drive on Sunday, September 8, 2019. The car led a field of more than 170 vehicles that included two 1970 Plymouth Superbirds (one fully restored and the other completely original), a rare Japanese Rikuo motorcycle built on a design licensed by Harley-Davison, and a pair of Kaiser Darrins owned by two neighbors.
The Brewster-Knight is owned by Stuart and Kathleen Etheridge from Lynn Center, Illinois. The owner recently completed the restoration on his own of this beautiful chauffeur-driven automobile after it had spent 35 years in a barn. The car features brass and German silver trim, oak and cherry on both the interior and exterior, and a USL (United States Lighting and Electric Company) starter/generator in the flywheel. It is believed to the only 1917 Brewster-Knight in existence.
A full list of winners can be found below.
On the Saturday evening before the exhibition, the Des Moines Concours hosted exhibitors, sponsors and guests at a reception and dinner. The dinner featured speaker Jeff Lane of the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. That evening, the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Automotive Heritage Foundation was awarded to Paul Gorrell (“gor RELL”), of Burlington, Iowa, in recognition of his unparalleled efforts to preserve and share the vast array of pioneer economy vehicles conceived and manufactured by Powel Crosley, Jr. Gorrell exhibited many of his Crosleys, including several WWII prototypes, as part of the Crosley Class at this year’s Des Moines Concours.
The Des Moines Concours benefits Children’s Cancer Connection, which connects families facing childhood cancer by providing programs for education, recreation and support. Awards at this year’s Concours were presented by kids involved in Children’s Cancer Connection. In the last six years, the Des Moines Concours has provided more than $100,000 to the organization.
Full List of Class Winners
Best of Show
1917 Brewster-Knight Model 41 owned by Stuart and Kathleen Etheridge, Lynn Center, Illinois
Hagerty Youth Judging
1962 Jaguar E-Type owned by Randy and Deb Anderson, Urbandale, Iowa
Bentley 100th Anniversary
- 1951 Bentley Mark Six owned by Martha Davis, Des Moines, Iowa
- 1958 Bentley S1 Saloon owned by Barbara Davis, West Des Moines, Iowa
- 1994 Bentley Brooklands owned by Randolph Cumpton, Des Moines, Iowa
World War II Military Vehicles
- 1945 Willys Overland 1/4 ton 4X4 truck, Model MB and 1/4 ton MBT trailer owned by Chief Peter Lentz, Cumming, Iowa
- 1942 Chevrolet Special Deluxe two-door sedan owned by Chief Peter Lentz, Cumming, Iowa
- 1942 Ford GPW Jeep owned by David Ruffcorn, Des Moines, Iowa
- 1952 Crosley Super Station Wagon owned by Steven Miller, Grayslake, Illinois
- 1941 Crosley Convertible Sedan C223 owned by Alan Calvin, Wauseon, Ohio
- 1949 Crosley Hot Shot owned by Richard Helm, Brimfield, Illinois
- 1989 Mazda RX-7 Convertible owned by Cole Peterson, Des Moines, Iowa
- 1969 Subaru 360 Car owned by John and Jim Riley, Dubuque, Iowa
- 1990 Nissan Skyline GTR owned by Jeff Hedden, Des Moines, Iowa
- 1954 Kaiser Darrin owned by Marlene Ohnstad, Valley, Nebraska
- 1954 Kaiser Series 161 Darrin Roadster owned by Paul and Pam Friskopp, Valley, Nebraska
- 1969 Oldsmobile Base series Toronado owned by Larry and Linda Klement, Bloomington, Minnesota
- 1932 Auburn Eight Custom Cabriolet owned by John and Jan Brewer, Davenport, Iowa
- 1925 Packard 333 Club Sedan owned by Miles M. Mills, Jr., Des Moines, Iowa
- 1938 LaSalle Four Door Convertible owned by Lenora Schlenker, Ankeny, Iowa
- 1917 Brewster-Knight Model 41 Single Enclosed Drive owned by Stuart and Kathleen Etheridge, Lynn Center, Illinois
- 1914 Overland Model 79 Touring owned by David and Marlene Ellrich, George, Iowa
- 1910 Maytag-Mason Model A Toy Touring owned by George and Cathy Hess, Lenexa, Kansas
- 1937 Packard 120c Touring Sedan owned by Larry and Linda Yoder, Amana, Iowa
- 1933 Chrysler CO-6 Two Door Convertible Sedan owned by Harvey and Koyla Baker, Clive, Iowa
- 1940 Chevrolet Special Deluxe 2-door sedan owned by Tom Allen, Altoona, Iowa
Atomic Age Collectibles
- 1957 Porsche 356A 2 door coupe owned by William and Kathleen Huspeni, Centennial, Colorado
- 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Woody Wagon owned by Dean Archer, Ankeny, Iowa
- 1956 Ford Thunderbird owned by Jodie Brown, Arvada, Colorado
Space Age Collectibles
- 1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible owned by Jerry Magayne, Eagle River, Wisconsin
- 1958 Ford Skyliner owned by Quintin Rottering, Webster City, Iowa
- 1958 Chevrolet Corvette owned by Marc and Beth Weinbrenner, Williamsburg, Iowa
American Muscle Cars
- 1970 Plymouth Superbird owned by Robert Fisher, Pella, Iowa
- 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS owned by Tom and Sara Kurth, Marshalltown, Iowa
- 1970 Dodge Charger RT/SE owned by Steve and Tracy Simbides, Marshalltown, Iowa
- 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello owned by Michael and Amy Nees, Knoxville, Illinois
- 2002 BMW Z8 owned by Skip and Tracy Hammerman, Urbandale, Iowa
- 2017 Ferrari 488 Spider owned by Stephen Grubb, West Des Moines, Iowa
- 1946 Indian Motorcycle Chief owned by Gary and Jane Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa
- 1951 Rikuo 750 owned by Ron Ronfeldt, Harlan, Iowa
- 1969 Triumph Trident T150 owned by Marv Wilson, Ankeny, Iowa
- 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible owned by Jerry and Melinda Collins, Clive, Iowa
- 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird owned by Chris and Doug Hammond, Marshalltown, Iowa
- 1939 Ford 91A owned by Wayne Rupp, Weeping Water, Nebraska
Each award was presented by a child from Children’s Cancer Connection.
About Des Moines Concours and Children’s Cancer Connection
The Des Moines Concour is a premier automotive exhibition held at the internationally recognized John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines. The Concours presents an invitation-only exhibition of more than 160 vintage and classic motor vehicles, selected to celebrate the fine art, design evolution and amazing innovations of motor vehicles through the years, as well as the talented designers and engineers who created them. The event is free to the public.
Proceeds from the Des Moines Concours d’Elegance benefit Children’s Cancer Connection that connects families facing childhood cancer by providing programs for education, recreation and support.