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Stevens reflects on Excalibur 50th Anniversary Class at 2014 Masterpiece

ExcaliburJune 25, 2014 (Milwaukee, Wis.) — The Milwaukee Masterpiece is pleased to have Anthony “Tony” Stevens as chair of the Excalibur 50th Anniversary Class for the Concours d’Elegance on Aug. 24, 2014, at Milwaukee’s Veterans Park on the lakefront.

Tony Stevens is the grandson of Brooks Stevens of Milwaukee, renowned industrial designer of home furnishings, appliances, automobiles and motorcycles. Tony grew up in the family business — Excalibur Automobile Corp. “I was exposed to car design and manufacturing at an early age. Growing up in that environment defined my general interest in cars as well as motorsports,” he said.

“The car collecting bug bit me pretty good and it is a family legacy that I carry on today,” Stevens said.

Many people are surprised by how much engineering and detail goes into making a handcrafted limited production automobile. The complexity of building cars these days makes it nearly impossible to re-create a small-scale production brand like Excalibur.

The 2014 Masterpiece is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Excalibur “street” car’s inception. To date, seven examples are confirmed to be on the show field and competing for the attention of spectators and high marks from the class judges. They include:

Excalibur Hawk Coupe racing prototype

1963 Excalibur Hawk Coupe racing prototype.
1952 Excalibur J Racer by Brooks Stevens & Associates
1963 Excalibur Hawk Coupe racing prototype
1967 Series I Roadster
1974 Series II Phaeton
1975 Series III Phaeton
1984 Series IV Signature Series Roadster
1964 Prototype Roadster by Brooks Stevens & Associates

“These cars will highlight the marque’s DNA and show the evolution of the brand,” Stevens explained.

Stevens, who has been associated with The Milwaukee Masterpiece since its inception notes “this is a fantastic event that like a fine wine, only gets better with age.”

In addition to the Excalibur, The Milwaukee Masterpiece will celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the Pontiac GTO and the Ford Mustang.

Tickets are on sale now for the weekend-long Milwaukee Masterpiece.

Events include:

  • Saturday, Aug. 23 – A parade of show vehicles from the Harley Museum to the lakefront
  • Saturday, Aug. 23 – Club Saturday At The M, with local and regional car clubs and individuals displaying their favorite two-and four-wheeled vehicles
  • Saturday, Aug. 23 – Style & Speed Social presented by Ferrari Lake Forest, an evening of food, beverages, a silent auction and the camaraderie of car aficionados
  • Sunday, Aug. 24 – The Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d’ Elegance, featuring 250 cars competing in nearly 20 different classes.

Proceeds from the Masterpiece will benefit the Autism Society of Southeastern Wisconsin, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Meta House.