It was a great ride

Posted on Mar 28, 2016 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

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The road to the Final Four ended abruptly Saturday with KU’s loss to Villanova in the Elite 8. Time to load the car and head for home, but not before looking back on a great “ride” through the postseason.

Jayhawk Car via kualumni.orgThanks to a partnership with Miles Schnaer’s Crown Automotive in Lawrence, our staff was fortunate enough to drive the Jayhawk Car to NCAA Tournament sites in Des Moines and Louisville for alumni events. I asked the lucky staff members who were beyond excited to drive it what it was like to get behind the wheel of the Jayhawk Car:

“It turned heads quicker than a Wayne Selden dunk!”

“It drove the lane more smoothly than Devonte Graham!”

Jayhawk Car at Churchill Downs via kualumni.orgUgh. Okay, clearly we’ve still got basketball on the brain, but that’s understandable. The Jayhawk Car–a Scion tC, the sportiest model in the Scion line up–visited the venues and other popular sites during the Jayhawks’ postseason run. The car itself was a popular attraction among fans who asked to take pics with it, including one KU alumnus who asked for a picture sitting behind the wheel (he reportedly wanted to send the shot to wife, hoping to drop a hint). This didn’t surprise the team at Crown, who told us the Jayhawk Car has been popular with fans since it was created.

“The relationship with KU is very important because it is a partnership based on each entity supporting one another,” said Crown spokesperson Randy Habiger. “Miles has had a relationship with KU for over 20 years. The car was his idea, and he envisioned it being displayed at KU events, golf outings, etc., so we wrapped it to be a recognizable icon that it is.”

So recognizable, in fact, that it even attracts non-Jayhawks.

“We’ve even had K State and Missouri fans want their pictures taken with the car,” he said. (We’ll have to take his word for it, since we didn’t spot any during this year’s NCAA Tournament.)

Even though the journey had to end, the partnership made for a memorable March. And while the Jayhawks’ drive to the championship didn’t pan out, it was a incredible season …and one great ride!

–David Johnston

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