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Excalibur Anniversary

50 Years Celebrated in Milwaukee

John Gunnell - June 05, 2014 02:00 PM

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The pre-production 1952 Excalibur.

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Early Excaliburs are “racked up” at Milwaukee’s Camelot Motors.

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One of a kind 1963 Excalibur Hawk from the Stevens Collection.

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Later Excalburs became classical luxury cars.

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     In the early 1950s, car collector and industrial designer Brooks Stevens created a car called the Excalibur, designed as a concept car for Studebaker. Due to a management switch, Studebaker passed, but Stevens finished it and took it to several new car shows where it got a lot of attention and orders from wealthy buyers. It became a production car in 1964.
     Alice Preston of Camelot Motors in Milwaukee has announced plans for a celebration of the Excalibur automobile’s 50th anniversary on Aug. 22-24. The event will highlight the marque’s association with the City of Milwaukee. As such, it will include involvements from Milwaukee-based businesses.
     Preston said the event will include participation in the Milwaukee Masterpiece. Excaliburs will be in both the Masterpiece Club Day on Aug. 23 and the Concours de Elegance on Aug. 24. Plans include special dining opportunities, a parade of Excaliburs from the Harley-Davidson Museum through downtown Milwaukee and other activities to create a very unique experience.
      Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro will host a barbeque and seafood bake on Friday evening. An After Party is being planned and will include some special activities for those wishing to stay up late. Saturday morning Excaliburs will stage at the Harley-Davidson Museum and be escorted through downtown Milwaukee to the lakefront by a motorcycle- honor guard. There will be alternative tours to an Art Museum, Discovery World, the Public Museum and the Harley-Davidson Museum, plus great shopping opportunities.
      Saturday evening, the Excaliburs will move to the Harley-Davidson Museum and circle the museum. Owners will enjoy a night of great food, an open bar, presentations, and time to spend with fellow enthusiasts. While members of the Stevens family will attend all weekend, Saturday night will provide an opportunity to hear from them, as well as others, about the history of Excalibur and what is seen for the future. As part of the celebration, participants will receive tickets to the museum that can be used over the weekend or at another time.
      Following Sunday brunch at the Hilton, Excalibur owners may leave or spend another day at the Masterpiece where the 50th anniversary will be a theme of the show. Excaliburs will have their own judging class. There will be keepsakes, participation plaques and Excalibur themed goodies. “We need to know who is coming as soon as possible,” Preston is asking Excalibur owners to email excalgal@prodigy.net as soon as possible if they plan to attend.

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