Art Center College of Design's Third Annual Car Classic on Sunday, July 20, 2003, captured the excitement of car design with a behind-the-scenes look at how vehicles make their way from the original concept to the highways, racetracks, and showrooms across the globe. More than 1,500 car enthusiasts were on hand to view the 150 high-performance cars, classic automobiles, hot rods, vintage racecars, and concept cars displayed at Art Center's panoramic campus in Pasadena.
The Art Center Car Classic is a unique opportunity to hear influential and innovative car designers discuss key aspects of their work and to experience their exciting designs up close. Peter Brock and Chuck Pelly, alumni and former faculty members of Art Center, headlined the "Meet the Designers" program, sharing their experiences designing such legendary racecars as the Corvette Stingray, the Cobra Daytona Coupe, the Scarab, and the Chaparral.
Guest emcees Dave Kunz, KABC TV’s automotive reporter, and local CBS anchor Kent Shocknek hosted a special presentation that set some of the hottest cars in motion. In-depth commentary came from the designers themselves: Bob Cutler (1932 Ford Roadster), Reeves Callaway and Paul Deutschman (Callaway C12 and the new T-Rex), Ken Okuyama (Ferrari Enzo), Steve Moal (Moal Track Nose Roadster and Moal Torpedo Roadster), and Michael Scully (Formula BMW). Tonight Show host Jay Leno made a big splash with his 9,000-pound, 990 horsepower racecar outfitted with a surplus World War II tank engine and explained to the crowd how he paired a Patton engine with the rear-end of a Greyhound bus.
Ten awards recognized exceptional cars spanning the 20th century. Barry Meguiar, host of Car Crazy TV and CEO of Meguiar's company, emceed the ceremony along with avid car collector Jay Leno and Robert and Margie Petersen of the Petersen Automotive Museum. Rusnak Arcadia Mercedes-Benz was a key sponsor of the event, presenting the Students’ Choice Awards.