Category archives: Concours & Events

Street Rodders list Louisville event award winners

1941 Willys coupe among 'best use of color' winners |NSRA photos
1941 Willys coupe among ‘best use of color’ winners |NSRA photos

The National Street Rod Association has announced award winners from the recent Street Rod Nationals held at Louisville, Kentucky. Awards include “Outstanding Use of Color,” from Fuel Air Spark Technology, the FAST Revolution Award, and the “Pro’s Picks.” Continue reading

Petersen, ClassicCars.com to showcase lowriders at Monterey

Lowrider on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Petersen photos
Lowrider on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum | Petersen photos

ClassicCars.com and the Petersen Automotive Museum launch a strategic partnership during Monterey Car Week, where they will stage a special exhibit of lowriders at McCall’s Motorworks Revival and at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. Continue reading

Ford, Dodge centennials spice Carlisle Truck Nationals

Spectators take a ride in the Virginia Giant monster truck | Carlisle Events photos
Spectators take a ride in the Virginia Giant monster truck | Carlisle Events photos

Nearly 1,700 vehicles turned out for the annual Carlisle Truck Nationals staged by Carlisle Events and its fairgrounds facility in Pennsylvania.

The turnout was nearly a record for an event launched in 1991. This year the features included the 100th anniversaries of Ford trucks and of Dodge/Ram trucks. Continue reading

Automotive fine artists preview Pebble Beach gallery

Juan Fangio painting by Charles Maher | Illustrations courtesy AFAS and the artists
Juan Fangio painting by Charles Maher | Illustrations courtesy AFAS and the artists

Original works of automotive art will be unveiled during Monterey Car Week when the Automotive Fine Arts Society stages its annual exhibit in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Continue reading

All-women car show hosted in Carmel by Prancing Ponies

The Prancing Ponies members at their home base in San  Francisco | Michael Troutman
Prancing Ponies members at their home base in San Francisco | Michael Troutman

In the male-dominated realm of collector cars, one group is conducting a new car show during Monterey Car Week that’s by women and for women.

The Prancing Ponies Car Show is open to all female owners and co-owners to present their vintage and exotic cars in a casual, first-time event that takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m, on Wednesday, August 16, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Continue reading

Classic cars provide family fun at Hagerty’s first fest

Everyone smiles when it's family day in classic cars | Hagerty photos
Everyone smiles when it’s family day in classic cars | Hagerty photos

This might be the ultimate endorsement for the classic car hobby: Entire families — children and parents and grandparents alike — putting down their smart phones to participate in the joy of driving.

“We had children as young as 2 in pedal cars, and 60 and 70-year-olds in gas-powered cycle cars,” Tabetha Hammer, senior manager for car culture for Hagerty, said after the classic car insurance and value-tracking company staged its first Family Car Fest. Continue reading

Vintage racers, fans swarm to Monterey for Rolex Reunion

1964 Mercury Comet Caliente | Bonhams photos
1964 Mercury Comet Caliente | Bonhams photos

Rolo Malschafsky has always enjoyed the sport of racing – “I’ve done it all my life,” he said, “work permitting.” This year, Malschafsky, local to the Monterey area, plans to take on the legendary Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-20, behind the wheel of his 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente hardtop coupe.

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Andy’s Excellent Adventure: Driving coast-to-coast to Monterey

The 33-year-old 944 is ready to roll, coast to coast | Andy Reid photos
The 33-year-old 944 is ready to roll, coast to coast | Andy Reid photos

So with Monterey Car Week on the horizon, what could be more fitting — or perhaps crazy? — than to drive there, East Coast to West Coast, and not in just any car, but a 33-year-old sports car?

The car in question is a 1984 Porsche 944. Peter Lombardo, owner of the classic car dealership Lombardo Motorcars in Berlin, Connecticut, found the car in question for me. He knew I was looking for a 944 and when he saw the car he knew that it was the one for me. Continue reading

Monterey’s incredible array of collector car events

A 1936 Pierce-Arrow 602 roadster rolls through the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance | Bob Golfen
A 1936 Pierce-Arrow 602 roadster rolls through the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance | Bob Golfen

The week leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is so loaded up with car shows and concours that it’s nearly impossible to attend them all. A great problem to have, considering that each is pretty special and, with few exceptions, could be a standalone event anywhere else.

But Monterey Car Week is the great gathering of the collector car clan, and there is enough interest and participation to maintain this high level of events, and to make them some of the best in the country. Whatever the special niche of your collector car universe, there’s likely to be something here that will scratch that old-car itch. Continue reading

Family values memories made in a pair of Iso Grifos

Darren Frank's Iso Grifo is red; his father's was green | Frank family archives
Darren Frank’s Iso Grifo is red; his father’s was green | Frank family archives

Darren Frank was 7 years old when his father took him and his brother, Jamie, on their annual excursion to the New York Auto Show, where they were captivated by the site of a silver Iso Grifo. So captivated, it turned out, that four months later, while on a business trip to Italy, Darren’s dad went to Bresso, met Piero Rivolta, who had just taken charge of the company after his father’s death, and ordered a new Grifo.

“I was seven years old. Dad had this very, very cool car,” Frank recalls before sharing heartwarming tales of how he and his father bonded on rides and car washings. Continue reading