Milwaukee, Wis. – (May 19, 2015) – Motion Products, Inc., Neenah, Wis., joins the list of prestigious sponsors of The Milwaukee Masterpiece. The announcement was made today by Leon Flagg, chairman-The Masterpiece Ltd.
“Motion Products has earned a reputation worldwide within car collector and restoration circles for its unparalleled expertise with European sports cars,” Flagg said. “We are truly honored to launch this new partnership with a company that defines automotive excellence with its roots here in Wisconsin. Motion Products has elevated several of its clients’ vehicles to prominence in Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Cavallino Classic, Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.”
“We are pleased to be integrally linked with The Milwaukee Masterpiece, which has evolved to become the Midwest’s finest Concours d’Elegance,” said Wayne Obry, owner – Motion Products, Inc. “We look forward to working with the Masterpiece leadership to broaden the reach of this event.”
Motion Products will provide in-kind as well as financial support to ensure the success of the 2015 Milwaukee Masterpiece.
Beth Nelson, director of marketing for MPI, is chairing the Masterpiece Marketplace for 2015. In this role Nelson is expanding on the Marketplace concept, which was introduced in 2014. The Masterpiece Marketplace offers a shopping experience for Saturday and Sunday attendees with an array of vendors on hand. From auto parts and services to fine art and entertainment, the Marketplace showcases local, regional and national vendors of the highest caliber.
Jim Wallner, director of new business development for MPI, has also been brought on board as co-chair of the Selection Committee for the Ferrari Class and as a judge for the 2015 Milwaukee Masterpiece.
Founded in 1979 out of a small garage in rural Wisconsin, Motion Products, Inc., has grown into a world renowned automotive facility specializing in European sports car restoration and maintenance. In the beginning it was a man and his passion for fast, beautiful cars and a desire to take his talents to the most powerful and influential stages in the world. Now, with 45 experts in 75,000 sq. ft. of space, MPI is able to retain over 98 percent of work in-house to ensure the highest standard of quality.
Read this feature article published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2013 about Wayne Obry and MPI: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/need-a-fix-for-your-8-million-ferrari-wayne-obry-is-your-man-b9973145z1-219644421.html
The Milwaukee Masterpiece: More than a car show
On the surface, The Milwaukee Masterpiece appears to be a car show, a stunning one at that as Veterans Park is filled for two days on an August weekend with many unique marques and collector favorites.
But look a bit deeper and you’ll discover that The Milwaukee Masterpiece event includes a variety of facets that collectively define the Masterpiece as a comprehensive event with something to offer all audiences.
Each facet is unique and would be successful on its own; together they comprise and deliver the full Milwaukee Masterpiece experience. Those facets, each distinctive, include:
The Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’ Elegance.
The crown jewel of the weekend, of course, is Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance when rare, exquisite and pristine vehicles – each selected by the Concours Committee – compete for top honors. A judged event, the Milwaukee Masterpiece, now in its 11th year, is the Midwest’s premier Concours d’Elegance.
Club Saturday at the M.
This is a casual, fun car show. Anyone can register their vehicle, regardless of the vehicle’s make or age. The only requirement is a minimum contribution for our charities. There is no formal judging, but there will be a People’s Choice, Judge’s Choice and Sponsor’s Award presented. Club Saturday is equally fun for those who show their vehicle as well as spectators. Members of clubs are encouraged to show their vehicles together to create an exciting display. Individuals not associated with a club are just as welcome to show off their wheeled pride and joy. Any car, truck or motorcycle is welcome.
The Masterpiece Marketplace.
The Masterpiece Marketplace, in Veterans Park, offers a shopping experience for Saturday and Sunday attendees with an array of vendors on hand. From auto parts and services to fine art and entertainment, the Marketplace showcases local, regional and national vendors of the highest caliber.
Attendees also will have the opportunity to meet representatives of each of the Milwaukee Masterpiece’s designated charities – Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Meta House.
The Style & Speed Social.
This casual gathering may very well be the social highlight of Milwaukee’s summer as friends of the Masterpiece, including exhibitors from Saturday and Sunday, and representatives of the designated charities, gather for food, beverages and a silent auction in the beautiful setting of Bluemound Country Club. The auction will include the Masterpiece-commissioned signed original oil painting of the iconic Mustang GT350, the featured marque of the 2015 Milwaukee Masterpiece. Milwaukee artist Curt Crain’s depiction of the Mustang GT350 will serve as the centerpiece of the 2015 Milwaukee Masterpiece commemorative poster. Other items of value will be included in the auction. The Style & Speed Social is open to all. A portion of the ticket cost is tax deductible.
Food and beverage.
Guests of the Milwaukee Masterpiece will find a variety of food and beverage options available for sale in Veterans Park from light snacks to hearty sandwiches, from soft drinks and wine to Delafield Brewhaus’ craft beers.
Milwaukee Masterpiece-identified wearables, including a golf shirt, along with posters, a commemorative program and other memorabilia will be available for purchase in Veterans Park during the Masterpiece weekend.
Tickets may be purchased in advance online.
The Masterpiece Ltd., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, hosts the annual Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’Elegance; Club Saturday at the M, a casual car show; and the Style & Speed Social, a social event on the evening preceding Sunday’s Concours d’ Elegance.
Proceeds from the weekend events will benefit the Masterpiece’s three designated charities – Autism Society of Southeast Wisconsin, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Meta House. In 2014 The Masterpiece Ltd. distributed more than $37,000 to the three organizations. Since its inception, more than $187,000 has been distributed to charitable organizations.