For this issue of the afasJournal.com, publisher Koka has a new screen format which should enhance the overall publication and show AFAS artist emeritus Stan Wanlass and active AFAS artists Dennis Hoyt and Jay Koka to their best advantage in their respective feature stories. These, with the Pebble Beach Exhibit artist intros highlight this edition of the Journal. AFAS President Ken Eberts is taking a bye from the AFAS show this year. Recent successful surgery mandates a recovery period that precludes his and wife Liz being at the event. We'll miss them and send our kindest wishes for a swift recovery.
I am pleased to report the return of the
Lincoln Motor Division
as our 2011 AFAS Pebble Beach Exhibit sponsor. Welcome back old friends! AFAS president Ken Eberts and I have a special connection to Lincoln. Ken and I started our car styling careers at Ford and at various times worked on Lincoln designs. Personally, we both have owned "classic" Lincolns at one time or another. Ken currently has an original '56 Mark II and I've had a '61 Continental (tow car for my XK-E race car) and a '46 Continental cabriolet. My current Lincoln affair involves the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation, which is in the beginning stages of a museum project. The completed museum will be at the Gilmore Car Museum complex in Hickory
Corners, Michigan. Sound interesting? Contact me for me for more information.
As this is being written, the inaugural
Concours of America at St. Johns
in Plymouth, Michigan, formerly know as the Meadow Brook Concours d' Elegance at Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, Michigan, is just days away, July 30,31. From all preview reports, the setting is superb and the cars displayed will be top notch. Poster art is by Jay Koka St John's Concours story. A special tribute to the late GM Design VP Chuck Jordan will be observed with a seminar and display of his car designs.
Another new event is preparing for debut this fall in Athens, Georgia.
The Lyndon House Art Center
has sent invitations to artists Roger Blanchard, Dave McCrary, Tom Hale, Charlie Maher, Tony Sikorski and yr. hmbl. srvt. to exhibit at the museum from early September through the end of October. In the mix will be a car show and art market festival. As this is a breaking news situation, it would be best to contact Nancy Lukasiwicz, Curator of Exhibitions of the Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt Street, Athens, GA 30601. Nancy.Lukasiwicz@athensclarkecounty.com