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Love of classic cars to be shared with youth at 2016 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance via Hagerty Youth Judging program

Hagerty Youth Judging Program
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Youth aged 10 to 12 from the greater Milwaukee area will be part of the judging corps at the 2016 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance, Aug. 28, 2016, through the Hagerty Youth Judging program. John Splude of JWS Classics is the presenting sponsor of the Hagerty Youth Judging program at the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance.

“We are excited to add this element to our event, now in its 12th year,” said Gary Messing, president – The Masterpiece Ltd. “Hagerty’s Youth Programs are designed to ensure the future of the classic car hobby by driving the passion for classics and providing young people unique access to classic-car-related experiences. We greatly appreciate Mr. Splude’s and JWS Classic’s support to make this program possible at our event,” Messing said.

Through the Youth Judging program, select members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee will have the chance to get up close to world-class concours cars, meet the owners and learn the basics of judging. The Young Judges will learn historical features of select classics and be shown specific details that will help them score the cars. Scores will be given on a scale of one-to-five in five basic categories including design, interior, electrical, paint and engine compartment. The youth judges will participate in the awards presentation ceremony as well.

“We are delighted to collaborate with our charitable partner—Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee,” Messing added.

Vincent Lyles, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee noted that the young judges would be selected based on behavior, availability, overall Club participation and interest. “We’re pleased to expand our involvement with the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance through this program and are confident we will have a tough time selecting the best essays,” Lyles said.

In 2015, the Hagerty Youth Judging program was hosted at more than 70 classic car events and 30 wooden boat shows throughout the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. In addition, Hagerty hosted several other youth programs including the Hagerty Driving Experience which provides young drivers the opportunity to learn to drive manual transmission classic cars. Learn more at:


The Masterpiece Ltd., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization hosts the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance. Proceeds benefit children and families. Since its inception 12 years ago the event has raised more than $200,000 for charity. The designated charities in 2016 are Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Meta House.

The 2016 Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance, a judged competition with vehicles selected to appear and compete for awards, is set for Aug. 28, 2016, in Veterans Park overlooking Lake Michigan. Kicking off the weekend, on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, will be the Show & Glow by the Lake, also in Veterans Park.

For more information call 414-336-2345.