The cars and coffee phenomenon began several decades ago with car guys assembling on Saturday mornings at Adams Avenue Donuts at the corner of Magnolia in Huntington Beach, California. It is a busy commercial mall so the cars could arrive at 7:00 a.m. when the donut shop opened (soon, you had to be there by 6:30 to get a parking place) and everyone had to be gone at 9 o’clock to clear the parking lot for the mall patrons. Continue reading
In 1957 Dick Scritchfield distributed a simple hand bill in all the right places to announce: “A meeting of all people interested in forming an exclusive roadster club will be held Sunday, June 15, at 6 p.m. If unable to attend, but interested, contact Dick Scritchfield, N. 5-4909. Meet at Weiand Equipment Company, 2733 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles.” Continue reading
Auctions America’s Santa Monica sale was staged as a dramatic celebration of our favorite subject. The red carpet that covered the entire floor of the “grand salon” raised the level of excitement in the famous Barkar Hangar complex on the edge of the Santa Monica airport. All the cars indoors were spot-lit in an otherwise low-light atmosphere. That was a fantastic idea. Every car was important and most were rare, even though not necessarily valuable in our current car culture.
Whether on the red carpet or outside on the surrounding tarmac, the sale was an enthusiast’s trove. The million-dollar sales grabbed the headlines, but all of the rare or unusual cars on display were impossible to ignore. Continue reading
Rodeo Drive is not the land of cowboy Cadillacs (it’s not that rodeo), nor is it the land of wild horses — no wait — it is indeed the land of very, very wild horses and vast numbers of equestrian pretense — think 600 horses and a carriage for two. The glorious tabernacles of the deities of conspicuous consumption line the boulevard and enrich the view of palm-shaded artifacts from the automotive century. Continue reading
Growing in five years to the point that it occupies most of the carefully manicured Lacy Park in the glamorous San Rafael Hills village from which it takes its name, the San Marino Motor Classic has become a grand automotive affair that has generated $1.25 million for its charities. Continue reading