While I was in Charlotte recently for the AutoFair, I had an opportunity to spend some time with Ray Evernham, the former NASCAR championship-winning crew chief, racing team owner, long-time classic car aficionado and current host of the television show AmeriCARna. That is quite a resume, but talking with Evernham, even for a few minutes, lets you know why he has been able to achieve so much. Our conversation spanned topics from the moonshine-running roots of NASCAR to 1960s Indy car design to the engineering dynamics of modern Formula 1 cars. The man is a genius and moved through these and other topics with ease and a degree of knowledge that was nothing short of astounding.
Last weekend I had the opportunity to be one of the judges at the third Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance in Pinehurst, North Carolina, an event that has been a hidden gem in the concours world. However, Pinehurst Concours president Jay Howard has done something amazing and has brought event-planning expertise to help to make Pinehurst a true world-class concours in a very short period of time. Continue reading
The Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance has come to a close and now has its third Best of Show winner, the magnificent 1919 Pierce Arrow Model 66 A-4 Tourer owned by Robert Jepson Jr. of Savannah, Georgia. Continue reading
After three days at Spring Carlisle, how do I sum up this event?
In a word? Big! Continue reading
Spring Carlisle’s big point of difference when compared to the other Carlisle events is that instead of having a large show car field, instead what is featured is of one of the largest cars-for-sale corrals we have seen at any car event. The car corrals at Spring Carlisle features somewhere around 700 cars for sale, with cars for just about everyone regardless of your budget or brand loyalty. Continue reading
While attending Spring Carlisle I saw quite a few great cars in the car corral and quite a few nice project car opportunities as well. In fact, most of the cars at Sprng Carlisle were great examples or very fairly priced driver-level vehicles. Continue reading
The Cars and Coffee phenomenon is something that has sprung up in just about every area in the United States in recent years. The idea is a simple one: Bring your cool car, no matter what the type or make, out on a Saturday or Sunday morning and show it off while you enjoy coffee and doughnuts for breakfast. Continue reading
Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction is sometimes overlooked, largely due to the sheer size and reach of the company’s Arizona auction. This is a big mistake, however, as the Palm Beach sale always has had great cars for buyers and has set a number of world records, which should be of interest to sellers. Continue reading
I went to Charlotte last week to attend my first Charlotte AutoFair. So what did I see, do and learn at this event? Well in a nutshell, I looked at thousands of cars for sale, scores of parts, drag raced a Ford Mustang, drove a racing lawnmower, ate some awesome county fair food, petted animals in the petting zoo, spent time with Bobby Allison and Ray Evernham, got a tour of the NASCAR No. 24 Hendrick Racing shop with Jeff Gordon’s step father, John Bickford, attended a full blown AACA show, got a tour of his Evernham’s car collection, and made a lot of new car friends, including Ray and John.
Saturday was our third day at the Charlotte AutoFair, and we were again surprised at how many dimensions there are to this one-of-a-kind event. There really is something for everyone here no matter what your car interests are. Continue reading