Category archives: Concours & Events

Jalopy Showdown immersed in old-school hot-rod lifestyle

In a throwback to a bygone era, jalopies race around Latimore Valley Fairgrounds track | Andy Reid photos
In a throwback to a bygone era, jalopies race around Latimore Valley Fairgrounds track | Andy Reid photos

While attending the Carlisle Import and Performance Nationals a few weeks ago, I heard about a very different kind of car show only about half-an-hour’s drive away.

After only 15 miles driving Pennsylvania back roads, a friend and I arrived at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds, where we found a dirt oval and scores of vintage flat-head and 4-banger hot rods racing. Also taking turns on the track were riders of vintage motorcycles. Continue reading

Japanese car show July 1 at Donington

Japfest attendies look at Nissan GT-R | Japfest photos
Japfest attendies look at Nissan GT-R | Japfest photos

Alongside the Fast Car Festival, a second “Japfest” event is planned for July 1 after the first such show at Silverstone, England drew over 20,000 attendees, making it the largest celebration of Japanese cars and culture in Europe.

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Classic car show honors famed NASCAR champion

A Plymouth Superbird and Dodge Coronet R/T both look great in blue
A Plymouth Superbird and Dodge Coronet R/T both look great in blue | William Hall photos

When 1986 NASCAR Rookie-Of-The-Year driver Alan Kulwicki arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina, he had a borrowed pickup truck and little else. A devout Roman Catholic Polish-American from the Upper Midwest with an engineering degree, he stood in stark contrast from the Good Ol’ Boy image prevalent in stock-car oval racing at the time.

Known to walk the pits carrying a briefcase, he applied scientific principle and determination to become the 1992 Winston Cup Champion. He died the following year in a light-aircraft crash in Tennessee at the age of 38, cutting short a promising career but setting a new standard for driver professionalism and preparation in NASCAR. Continue reading

Concours and Events: Hershey, The Great Race coming up

A pre-war Mercedes-Benz SSK roadster at last year's Elegance at Hershey | Elegance at Hershey
A pre-war Mercedes-Benz SSK roadster at last year’s Elegance at Hershey | Elegance at Hershey

The three-day Elegance at Hershey weekend takes place in the Pennsylvania chocolate capital from Friday through Sunday at the Hotel Hershey, featuring vintage race car hill climbs, a Cars and Coffee get together and a full-blown concours d’elegance.

The Grand Ascent hill climb pits an array of historic competition cars racing against the clock and each other. The raucous racing takes place Friday and Saturday on a serpentine back road behind the hotel, with plenty of locations for spectators as well as tickets available to ride along. Continue reading

53rd annual LA Roadster show heads to Pomona

Delivery Roadster decked out in flames | La Roadster Club photos
Sedan delivery decked out in flames | La Roadster Club photos

For the 53rd year, the LA Roadsters Car Club holds its annual show at the Pomona Fairplex on June 17-18. The club has grown to be one of Southern California’s most dedicated and historic car clubs and — with over 800 cars showing — attracts the largest gathering of pre-1936 hot rods and roadsters in the world.

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Saab story: Swedish cars prominent at Carlisle Import show

Saabs of all shapes, sizes and vintages were among the cars shown at Carlisle's annual Import and Performance event | Andy Reid photos
Saabs of all shapes, sizes and vintages were among the cars shown at Carlisle’s annual Import and Performance event | Andy Reid photos

The annual Carlisle Import and Performance is a show that is a bit different from others on the classic car calendar. It celebrates marques that most other shows ignore.

The stars of this show are Saab, Volvo, TVR, Citroen, Renault, Fiat, Opel, Lancia, and Audi. Groups of such vehicles are on a show field that also includes Porsche, Jaguar, Triumph, MG, Datsun/Nissan, Honda, Land Rover, Toyota, BMW, and Mercedes. Basically, everyone is welcome. Continue reading

Fiat Chrysler hosting roof-top cruise-in this Sunday

Jeep Switchback off-road concept will be at FCA event | FCA photos
Jeep Switchback off-road concept will be at FCA event | FCA photos

To kickoff the grassroots car show season in the Midwest, the design staff of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to host a cruise-in Sunday, June 4, on the top floors of the company’s parking structures in Auburn Hills, Michigan. And to make things especially interesting, the hosts will display several concept and show vehicles, including the Jeep Switchback, Ram Macho Power Wagon and Dodge Durango Shaker.

True to the cruise-in nature, there is no charge to display your car, and all makes and models and eras are welcome, FCA said in its news release. The event runs from 9 a.m. until noon and takes place on the rooftop of parking decks 20 and 21, so there will be room for as many as 600 vehicles to participate.

And, a Chrysler spokesperson added, if the rooftops fill, additional vehicles can be display on the ramps leading to the roofs, or even on lower levels of the parking structures.

Regarding the three Chrysler vehicles that are scheduled to participate, the Switchback in a concept designed with Mopar and Jeep Performance parts to be the ultimate off-roader, the Macho Power Wagon is a lifted heavy-duty pickup designed to go anywhere it can fit, and the Durango Shaker is a lowered (by three inches) three-row sport utility with a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 beneath a Shaker-style hood.

‘Hoods in the Rear’ is theme for Packard Proving Grounds show

This 1936 Stout Scarab is one of three registered for show at Packard Proving Grounds | Cars R Stars photos
This 1936 Stout Scarab is one of three registered for show at Packard Proving Grounds | Cars R Stars photos

Golf-course fairways provide pleasant places to stage concours d’elegance and many paved parking lots work for caffeinated cruise-ins. But there are venues that provide proper historical backdrops for such events, locations such as the old Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township, just north of Detroit.

Each year, the facility is the location for the Cars R Stars show. This year the date is June 11 and the special feature is “Hoods in the Rear.” Continue reading

Flavor of LA: TV Motion Picture Car Club show

Convertible Oldsmobile in show | Nicole James Photos
Convertible Oldsmobile in show | Nicole James Photos

At the intersection of Gunsmoke Avenue and Gilligan’s Island Road within the CBS Studios, the Television Motion Picture Car Club held its 8th annual car show. This year the show was staged with the Studio City Chamber of Commerce and became a joint event with Flavor of LA –- Food, Cars, Libations. Continue reading

Shelby American debuts wide body Mustang concept

2017 Shelby American widebody concept | Nicole James photos
2017 Shelby American wide-body concept | Nicole James photos

For the first time in over a decade, Shelby American has premiered a new concept vehicle –- the wide body Ford Mustang. The concept, unveiled last weekend at the 5th annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show in the Los Angeles area, was built on the 50th Anniversary Shelby Super Snake that was revealed in January during Scottsdale Auction Week.

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