Category archives: Concours & Events

2CV owners show their cars (2,000 of them) in Portugal

It must be fun when a couple thousand C2Vs and their owners invade a village | Citroen photos
It must be fun when a couple thousand C2Vs and their owners invade a village | Citroen photos

The 22nd biannual 2CV World Meeting of Amicale Citroen Internationale (International Citroen Friends) took place recently in the Portuguese seaside resort of Ericeira.

The event, launched in 1975 in Finland, takes place every other year. The seventh such event also was held in the Portuguese location on the Atlantic coast, about 20 miles from Lisbon. Continue reading

Hot day, cool cars at the Concours of America

Classics were there, too, but Concours America also includes Can-Am racers and other classes | Steve Purdy photos
Classics were there, too, but Concours America also includes Can-Am racers and other classes | Steve Purdy photos

Classic and collector car enthusiasts, and folks who just appreciate the beauty, engineering and historical context of old and not-so-old cars, swarmed the fairways of the golf course surrounding the Inn at St. John’s near Plymouth, Michigan on another hot, bright summer day at the end of July. Over 300 cars basked in the sun while throngs of show-goers strolled by. This is the 39th presentation of this world-class exhibition of excellence formerly known as the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, now the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s. Continue reading

Kenosha celebrates automotive heritage with AMC Homecoming

A 1940 Nash and an AMC Gremlin outside Nash Elementary School in Kenosha | William Hall photos
A 1940 Nash and an AMC Gremlin outside Nash Elementary School in Kenosha | William Hall photos

Kenosha, Wisconsin, is a city that has never fully recovered from the 1987 loss of its American Motors manufacturing plant. Like an amputee, scars have healed and life goes on, but not without daily reminders that something is missing.

So, it was bittersweet to see the iconic cars that represent the city’s halcyon days rumble through town during the seventh AMC Homecoming, an event that has taken place irregularly since 1998. This year’s reunion benefited the Kenosha History Center, which has a renewed mission to preserve the automotive history of the city, which once was America’s second Detroit. Continue reading

Events: Milwaukee Concours, big rigs at Carlisle, Minis in the UK

People's Choice last year at Milwaukee Concours, the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette concept| Milwaukee Concours
People’s Choice last year at Milwaukee Concours, the 1954 Chevrolet Corvette concept| Milwaukee Concours

The events of the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance unfold this weekend for two days of old-car fun at Veterans Park on the waterfront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

On Saturday, cruise in for the open Show & Glow by the Lake, take part in the Motor Tour for vintage vehicles and enjoy the annual Style and Speed Social. Continue reading

Coys doing South Africa Concours charity auction

Cars at the inaugural Concours South Africa in 2016 | Coys photos
Cars at the inaugural Concours South Africa in 2016 | Coys photos

British auction house Coys will stage its first classic car and automobilia sale Saturday at the Concours South Africa, with proceeds going to charity.

The only multi-marque concours in South Africa was held for the first time in 2016. It runs for four days, August 3-6 at the Sun City resort complex. Continue reading

For Elkhart Lake vintage races, it truly does take a village

Spectators react as race cars thunder along Elkhart Lake's streets | William Hall photos
Spectators react as race cars thunder along Elkhart Lake’s streets | William Hall photos

It’s astounding that many people have attended racing events for years at Wisconsin’s famous Road America without ever setting foot inside the actual village, Elkhart Lake. While the track remains the focal point, the surrounding area’s unique celebration of motorsports culture can best be experienced in the quaint Victorian-era town and rural areas.

With the influx of GIs returning home from post-WWII Europe, the resort town in southeastern Wisconsin’s hilly Kettle Moraine region embraced sports-car racing as a way to stimulate tourism. The village of Elkhart Lake proactively abandoned racing on its public roads following a tragic racing accident involving spectators  at Watkins Glen, New York.  A few years later, in 1955, it opened the four-mile marvel known as Road America. Continue reading

Originality showcased at Misselwood Concours

1963 Chevrolet Corvette still looks showroom fresh more than 50 years after production | Andy Reid photos
1963 Chevrolet Corvette still looks showroom fresh more than 50 years after production | Andy Reid photos

The focus this year for the Misselwood Concours was original, preserved rather than restored cars.

Several such vehicles were presented, including a completely original 1963 Chevrolet Corvette roadster owned by the same family since new, as well as a 1980 Mazda RX-7 special edition that looked just as it did when it left the factory. Continue reading

Fiat fans let freak flags fly at national meet

Ari Kyrtatas drove his Fiat 124 Spider from Montreal for the Freakout | William Hall photos
Ari Kyrtatas drove his Fiat 124 Spider from Montreal for the Fiat Freakout | William Hall photos

The first thing you learn about members of the Fiat Club of America is that they each have an interesting story to tell. At the 34th Annual Fiat Freakout in Brookfield, Wisconsin, all 125 participants had their own stories, and they were happy to share them.

Buying a Fiat in the U.S. was never a convenient affair – you really had to have a passion for the innovative and eccentric little Italian cars to seek them out. Sold in the U.S. from the early 1950s through 1983, before resuming in 2010 with the new Fiat 500, they were relatively rare in the U.S. Continue reading

Gordon McCall previews a selection of Quail contenders

The scene at The Quail event in 2016 | Bob Golfen photo
The scene at The Quail event in 2016 | Bob Golfen photo

Not to influence the judges but simply to highlight an outstanding vehicle in each of the categories eligible for Best of Show honors, Gordon McCall, director of motorsports for The Peninsula Signature events, has selected a car from each class as an example of what we can expect August 18 at the 15th annual The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club on the Monterey Peninsula. Continue reading

Vintage racing: SCRAMP readies for 8th Rolex Reunion

Vintage racers at Laguna Seca during 7th Motorsports Reunion | Nicole James photo
Vintage racers at Laguna Seca during 7th Motorsports Reunion | Nicole James photo

It was announced earlier this year that the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula would continue to manage Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for at least another three years. Now,  the senior management structure has been reorganized less than four weeks before the eighth annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, scheduled August 17-20 during Monterey Car Week.

This year marks the track’s 60th anniversary season. Continue reading