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Art of the Car Concours has special meaning for one Kansas City family

Art of the Car Concours will be held June 26
Posted: 3:27 PM, Jun 24, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-26 17:57:52Z
Car show has special meaning for one KC family
Car show has special meaning for one KC family
Car show has special meaning for one KC family
Car show has special meaning for one KC family
Car show has special meaning for one KC family
Car show has special meaning for one KC family
Car show has special meaning for one KC family

Like father like son, has no place in the Kenney household.

"I had my car first, and dad was really excited about getting a car," said Bob Kenney.

Instead, it's like son like father.

 

"I was gonna get a motorcycle and my wife said, 'If you get a motorcycle and you get hurt, I'm not taking care of you.' So when [my son] got the car, I decided to get a car and not a motorcycle," said Robert Kenney.

Bob got a 1965 Corvette. That's when his dad Robert decided he wanted a classic too, so he got a 1957 Chevy Bel Air. He'll show that car this weekend at the Art of the Car Concours .

"My son and I are very close," said Robert. "He takes [the car] down to the show and he comes back and takes me down and I sit in my wheelchair and people come to visit with me. I enjoy that."

These days, going to the show is the only way Robert can enjoy the car. You see, a stroke he had nearly two years ago has confined the 87-year-old to a wheelchair.

 

 

"I'm taking therapy now and how to stand up," explained Robert. "I'm hoping I'll get to walk again. I'm getting stronger in my back and my legs, so I hope I can get back up where I can do it."

The Bel Air, which now spends most of its time in Robert's garage, is motivation to regain his strength to not only walk again, but also get behind the wheel.

"I want him to be able to cruise down Ward Parkway -- just like he's done in the past," said Bob.
 
You can see Robert's 1957 Bel Air at Art of the Car Concours
 
WHEN: Sunday, June 26 
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64111
COST: $20 & up for adults, free for kids 
MORE INFO: https://www.artofthecarconcours.com/
 
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