Category archives: Concours & Events

Monaco ’57, electric-vehicle history, Coys sale on Essen agenda

1957 Monaco Grand Prix cars featured in special exhibit | Essen photo
1957 Monaco Grand Prix cars featured in special exhibit | Essen photo

A special exhibit recalling the 1957 Grand Prix of Monaco, another on the 135-year history of electric vehicles (1882-2017), displays of classic products by 25 automakers and a Coys collector car auction are some of the highlights scheduled for the 29th Techno-Classica Essen, which runs from April 5-9 in the Gruga Halle at Messe Essen, Germany. Continue reading

Jekyll Island show launches with an impressive debut

A vintage Riley among other two- and four-wheel vehicles at inaugural Caffeine and Octane at The Beach show | Andy Reid photos
A vintage Riley among other two- and four-wheel vehicles at inaugural Caffeine and Octane at The Beach show | Andy Reid photos

First, there was the Caffeine and Octane monthly car show, from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. the first Sunday of every month, rain or shine, in Dunwoody, Georgia. It is a wonderful event attracting hundreds of cars and thousands of classic car fans.

Next came the Caffeine and Octane television show on Velocity. It is one of the most entertaining programs on the network and ticks all the boxes for what makes a good television show as it features fun on-air personalities — custom car and motorcycle builder Bryan Fuller, champion motorcycle drag racer Ricky Gadsen, and classic car collector, concours judge, restorer and all-around guru Skip Smith — as well as great cars and great stories about the cars and the people who own them. Continue reading

What’s a Studebaker concept doing at the 20th annual BOP show?

Dale Sexton tells yet another person about his AVX, an Avanti-bodied Pontiac Firebird | Larry Edsall photos
Dale Sexton tells yet another person about his AVX, an Avanti-bodied Pontiac Firebird | Larry Edsall photos

For the 20th year in a row, owners of vintage Buicks, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs parked their cars on a sunny Sunday at the Scottsdale Pavilions shopping center, site the previous evening of the country’s longest-running weekly car show. Annually, the BOP show attracts rows of beautiful Buicks, outstanding Oldsmobiles, and pleasing and even powerful Pontiacs.

In recent years, a few groovy GMC trucks have been included, and this year some cool Cadillacs were invited as a test to see how things might go should the shows organizers — the 20th annual BOP show was hosted by the Desert Renegades Pontiac Club and the Cactus GTO Club of Arizona — decide to expand the event to officially include GM’s luxury brand in future years.

And yet, the car that seemed to be drawing the most attention was a prototype Studebaker. Continue reading

72nd Glidden Tour revival will ‘Meet in the Middle’

When the tour comes to town, in this case a stop in Deadwood, South Dakota | Glidden Tour photos
When the tour comes to town, in this case a stop in Deadwood, South Dakota | Glidden Tour photos

‘Meet in The Middle” is the theme for the 72nd Revival AAA Glidden Tour which is expected to attract hundreds of pre-1943 vehicles from all corners of the country to head for Hastings, Nebraska, for a week-long festival from September 17-22.

“This will be the first time a revival Glidden tour has taken place in Nebraska,” event chairman John Nikoydm writes on the tour website. “In 1909 an original Glidden passed through Nebraska in the same area that we will be touring in 2017.” Continue reading

Concours, rally and major event news updates

Judges  at the La Jolla Concours consider the merits of a coachbuilt 1936 Delahaye, which won best of show last year | La Jolla Concours d'Elegance
Judges at the La Jolla Concours consider the merits of a coachbuilt 1936 Delahaye, which won best of show last year | La Jolla Concours d’Elegance

Welcome to a new feature on ClassicCars.com that spotlights the latest news about major classic car events.

The Copperstate 1000 Road Rally sets out Sunday on a four-day tour of Arizona with a free car show and European-style sendoff of the premier rally cars at the Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The 85 vintage automobiles taking part in the Copperstate rally will be on display starting at 7:30 a.m., and then introduced and flagged off one at a time starting at 10 a.m. Continue reading

Super Chevy tour returns with additional cities for 2017

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Super Chevy show overview | Super Chevy photos

The 31st annual Super Chevy Show tour kicks off April 7 in Memphis, Tennessee, and visits seven additional sites through a season that concludes October 14 at Tucson, Arizona. Organized by the magazine and website, Super Chevy, organizers said demand led to the addition of more cities to its annual schedule of events. Continue reading

Bentley’s first Le Mans racer entered in Britain’s Royal concours

This four-seat Bentley was its first entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans | Royal Concours photos
This four-seat Bentley was its first entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans | Royal Concours photos

The first Bentley to race at Le Mans is among the first batch of cars revealed by the Britain’s Royal Concours of Elegance as it begins announcing the 60 vehicles to be included in the September 1-3 event at Hampton Court Palace.

The Bentley is a 1922 3-Litre (No. 141) which will travel from Australia for the concours. The car finished fourth at Le Mans in 1923 with a four-seat Park Ward body, laying the foundation for victories by the Bentley Boys in 1924 and from 1927-1930. Continue reading

Iconic California customs set for HVA displays in Washington

The McGee Roadster is the embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos
The McGee Roadster is the pure embodiment of early hot rod design | Historic Vehicle Association photos

Three iconic pieces of California custom-car culture take center stage next month on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., as the Historic Vehicle Association displays the latest vehicles to be commemorated and recorded in the HVA National Historic Vehicle Register and archived in the U.S. Library of Congress.

The privately owned cars will be shown at separate times during the month in the HVA glass case on the walkway between the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and the National Gallery of Art for passersby to see and admire. Continue reading

Royal setting this year for the ‘unexceptional’ car show

The show features exception examples of such ordinary cars as a Citroen and VW Golf | Hagerty UK photos
The show features exception examples of such ordinary cars as a Citroen and VW Golf | Hagerty UK photos

While the cars might be considered ordinary at best, the setting this year is not as the third annual Hagerty’s Festival of the Unexceptional moves to the grounds of Stowe House, Buckingham, the former home of the British Duke of Buckingham.

Set amidst the reportedly splendiferous Capability Brown gardens of the Stowe House, which is located adjacent to the Silverstone racing circuit, what might be considered the concours for the rest of us celebrates “the much maligned and long forgotten ‘ordinary’ classic cars and commercial vehicles of the late 1960s, ’70s and ’80s,” according to the British arm of Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle valuation-tracking company. Continue reading

Inaugural London concours scheduled for June 8-9

Le Mans' runner-up D-type among entries in inaugural City Concours in London | Thorough Events photos
Le Mans’ runner-up D-type among entries in inaugural City Concours in London | Thorough Events photos

Drive your classic car into the center of Britain’s capital city on a weekday and it’s going to cost you around $15, the London congestion charge for any vehicle produced before 2004. Good thing the inaugural City Concours in London is scheduled for a weekend, when the fees aren’t collected. Continue reading