Like the concurrent automotive love-fest on California’s Monterey Penninsula, the annual Woodward Dream Cruise keeps expanding. While still nominally a one-day event, the Cruise has become a weeklong extravaganza flying under the southeast Michigan region’s Autopalooza banner. Originally limited to a short list of inner-ring Detroit suburbs (primarily Royal Oak and Ferndale), it also has stretched its reach north and south along Woodward Avenue. Continue reading
Long ranked among the country’s top-tier concours, the Concours d’Elegance of America (formerly known as Meadow Brook for its original venue) continued to expand its scope in its 38th year. Spread across the golf course behind the Inn at St. John’s, a former seminary converted to a resort in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth, Michigan, attendees could find everything from Enthusiast of the Year Barry Meguiar’s 1901 Duryea to a Bugatti Veyron and a 2017 Porsche 991 in a circle of modern supercars. Continue reading
A pair of distinctive coupes, a 1934 Packard Twelve and a 1937 Talbot-Lago, won Best-in-Show honors Sunday at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan. The 38th concours (previously known as Meadow Brook) on the grounds of The Inn at St. John has customarily named two Best in Show winners, one American-built and one European, and hews to tradition again in choosing cars built during the Classic era. Continue reading
Quiet, smooth and powerful, the Classic Era V16 engines built in the 1930s by Cadillac in Detroit and by Marmon in Indianapolis remain landmarks of automotive history. These top-of-the-line powerplants inspired coachbuilders to work to their highest standards for a discerning clientele that had somehow managed to remain wealthy through the depths of the Great Depression.
Twenty examples including the single Peerless V16 prototype — the only such car built by a domestic automaker other than Cadillac or Marmon — gathered last week for an exhibit dubbed Sweet Sixteens. It was part of the judged car show accompanying the 2016 annual meeting of the Classic Car Club of America, this year in the Detroit suburb of Novi and coincident with the opening weekend of the North American International Auto Show. Continue reading
The 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise drew more than a million people and somewhere between 30,000 and 60,000 “classic” cars to suburban Detroit on a sunny Saturday celebration of the car.
On a map, Woodward Avenue looks like a 27-mile long needle pointing into the heart of the Detroit. The southern end points into the Detroit River, far south of 8 Mile Road, the city’s northern boundary. That stretch is not officially involved in the Dream Cruise, though many visitors do venture into the city where so much automotive history was written.
The far northern end forms the eye of the needle, known as The Loop, where the road circles downtown Pontiac, a town named for an Ottawa war chief. Inside The Loop is where we took most of these Eye Candy photos during what is nominally a one-day event. In reality, Dream Cruise-related car activities stretch out over more than a week; we also grabbed a few photos on Friday night near 12 Mile Road in Berkley, where a lot of clubs and auto manufacturer marketing events congregate. Continue reading
After a full, sunny day spent roaming the show field at the former seminary that is the Inn at St. John’s, viewing nearly 300 cars and meeting with the gathered clan of car collectors and admirers, one can only agree with the credo of the Enthusiast of the Year, Bruce Meyer: “Never Lift!” Because if you do, you’re going to miss something.
Billed as the 37th annual staging of this premier concours, the Concours d’Elegance of America (it moved to its current venue five years ago so isn’t it finally time we can we stop reminding people that it was first known as the Meadow Brook Concours?), it takes a team of 18 to make the selection of invited entries. That team does an exceptional job, finding the rare and precious examples even as the concours stretches its boundaries to include classes for early Japanese sports cars, drag racers, dry lake racers, midgets and sprint cars, muscle cars, 1980s dream cars, and more. Continue reading
Pebble Beach may have been ready for a break with tradition last year when it awarded its coveted best of show award to a post-WWII Ferrari, but that hasn’t marked a sea-change in the classic car hobby so far. Earlier this year, the Amelia Island show gave its top awards to a 1932 Alfa Romeo and a 1930 Cord and Sunday the judges at the Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan, re-affirmed that the old guard still dominates. Continue reading
RM Sotheby’s Motor City auction Saturday includes a proper array of grand classics that could feature on the lawn the next day at the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s, including a Duesenberg SJ that should sell for somewhere around a million dollars, a few Auburns and several Packards.
A highlight will be one dozen cars from the notable collection of Howard and Norma Weaver, all offered without reserve and in excellent show-worthy condition. Continue reading
Not content to stage four days of on-track action in conjunction with a collector car auction, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) crammed a Shine & Show into its recent Brickyard Invitation. Continue reading
Donald Davidson was stunned. As the resident historian of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, Davidson had been invited to moderate a news conference with the “Indy Legends” slated to participate in the Pro/Am Feature race at the second SVRA (Sportscar Vintage Racing Association) Brickyard Invitational. Continue reading