• 18th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance to Showcase Concept Car

    POSTED March 8, 2013

The 1963 Budd XR-400 concept car, from the Henry Ford Museum, will be displayed at this year’s 18th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance. This showcase event will take place May 4-5 at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas.

The Budd Company pitched this concept car to AMC, but the XR-400, or XR-Budd, was turned down. The 1963 prototype vehicle features a stylish body and a powerful V-8 engine on a Rambler Ambassador chassis. This model preceded the Ford Mustang, which is rumored to have served as a derivative of the XR-400 design.

Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance is a week-long classic car and vintage wooden boat show that has gained national acclaim and draws more than 15,000 attendees. Throughout the weekend, 60 car judges and 20 boat judges assess around 40 classes for cars and 20 classes for boats.

The annual event has raised more than $1 million for local charities. Proceeds from this year’s showcase will benefit the Boys and Girls Harbor, whose mission is to provide a home and safe environment for abandoned and abused children and care for families in crisis.

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The American Marketing Association recently announced the launch of a Speakers Bureau, powered by Orate, an innovative digital market network that connects event organizers with the most relevant thought leaders, to help marketers easily find, vet, and book experts for their meetings and events.

The Bureau will provide marketers with the ability to tap into marketing experts, industry professionals scholars and researchers with a diverse portfolio of subject areas.


The Blue Water Convention Center, which opened in 2015, will build convention business and also leisure travel, drawing people who may return at a later date, said Jeff Bohm, chairman of the St. Clair Country Board of Commissioners.

The convention center is an important element "to expose people to your area that have never been here," Bohm said. And he said it is expected to push up hotel occupancy and lead to more demand for hotel rooms and building of new stock.