Category archives: Concours & Events

Goodwood Festival of Speed elevates Ecclestone’s F1 career

Goodwood's tall sculpture highlights Bernie Ecclestone's reign over F1 | Festival photo by Paul Melbert
Goodwood’s tall sculpture highlights Bernie Ecclestone’s F1  reign | Festival photo by Paul Melbert

Gerry Judah has created art to remember the Holocaust for Britain’s Imperial War Museum. He has done set designs for the Royal Shakespeare Company. And since 1999, he has done the huge automotive sculptures that soar above Goodwood House during the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Last week, his latest Goodwood sculpture was designed to recognize the long motorsports career of former Formula One chieftain Bernie Ecclestone. Three of the cars mounted on the lanes that spun off a circle towering some 100 feet were selected to reflect specific F1 eras ruled by Ecclestone. Those cars were a Lotus, a Ferrari and a Mercedes. Continue reading

Concours and events: Hillsborough’s 61st consecutive year

Last year's Hillsborough Concours best of show winner was a 1958 BMW 503 Cabriolet | Hillsborough Concours
Last year’s Hillsborough Concours best of show winner was a 1958 BMW 503 Cabriolet | Hillsborough Concours

The Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in Burlingame, California, in the Bay area, is one of the oldest in the U.S., holding its 61st annual classic car weekend July 15-16. That’s just a few years short of the granddaddy of them all, the Pebble Beach Concours that marks its 67th year in August.

But Hillsborough claims the prize as the longest continually running concours in the world, never missing a year since its founding in 1956. Pebble has missed several years along the way due to inclement weather. Continue reading

Rolls-Royce rolls out exhibition of famous Phantoms

 The 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom II was owned by a World War II legend |  James Lipman / Rolls-Royce
The 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III was owned by a World War II legend | James Lipman / Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce mounts a celebration of the longest-running nameplate in automotive history with an exhibition starting at the end of July called The Great Eight Phantoms, bringing together all the generations of the luxury motorcar dating to 1925.

The British automaker is assembling famous examples of the first seven generations of its flagship car, as well as introducing the eighth and latest example, the 2018 Phantom, for the show to be held in Mayfair, London. Continue reading

Life on two – or three – wheels celebrated at Vintage Motofest

Racer Chris Dietz (right) focusing before his race | William Hall photos
Racer Chris Dietz (right) focusing before the race for vintage Hondas | William Hall photos

Classic motorcycling in all its forms was celebrated at the Vintage Motofest recently at the Road America racetrack in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The event encompassed vintage road racing, an off-road hare scramble, stunt-riding shows, a swap meet, live bands, a microbrew tasting event and the Rockerbox motorcycle show.

The weekend’s main draw was the 14th annual Rockerbox bike show hosted by Motorcycle Classics magazine. Formerly held in downtown Milwaukee, the event outgrew the urban setting and paired up with the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association’s vintage races and swap meet four years ago. Continue reading

Show car group selects NSRA entrants for awards

The International Show Car Association presented awards at the National Street Rod Association’s recent Nationals East at York, Pennsylvania, the Mid-America Nationals in Springfield, Missour, and the Rocky Mountain Nationals at Pueblo, Colorado.

In addition, Outstanding Use of Color honors were awarded at Pueblo. Continue reading

Is EyesOn Design the best Father’s Day show on the planet?

Bonneville-raced 1955 Mercedes-Benz 'gullwing' coupe | Steve Purdy photos
Bonneville-raced 1955 Mercedes-Benz ‘gullwing’ coupe | Steve Purdy photos

Canada geese grazed the long grass adjacent to the show field as if nothing out of the ordinary was occurring. But it was, because the expansive lawns of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House on the western shore of Lake St Clair were covered with the most eclectic assortment of cars, and other things vehicular, one could possibly imagine. Continue reading

Greenfield Village may be best place ever for a car show

1937 Ford convertible, matching Monark bicycle and the home of Henry Ford's favorite teacher, John Chapman | Larry Edsall photos
1937 Ford convertible, matching Monark bicycle and the home of Henry Ford’s favorite teacher, John Chapman | Larry Edsall photos

Let’s consider the best location for a classic car show.

On one hand, there are the Main Streets in all the small towns in America, streets where, long before American Graffiti would transport us back in time, teenagers would cruise each weekend, but where the classics and the hot rods of a bygone era now park perhaps one gloriously nostalgic day or weekend per year. Continue reading

Rodeo Drive concours: fabulous favorites, and free

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Barker Tourer on Rodeo Drive | Larry Crane photos
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Barker Tourer on Rodeo Drive | Larry Crane photos

Rodeo Drive. Beverly Hills, California, home to the purveyors of all the good stuff — no, the really good stuff — and the Father’s Day, Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance.

What passes as a program is a slick tabloid called, with no irony, Beverly Hills Style. Continue reading

1928 Auburn Speedster wins inaugural AACA restoration award

The winning Auburn Speedster stands with the other competitors | AACA photos
The winning Auburn Speedster stands with the other competitors | AACA photos

A red-and-black 1928 Auburn 8-88 Speedster with chrome wire wheels, including sidemounts, is the winner of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s inaugural Zenith Award for the most-outstanding restoration of the year.

The first awarding of the honor took place in Independence, Missouri, where the AACA Kansas City Region hosted the 2017 annual Grand National Meet this past weekend. The Zenith Award joins a number of national awards presented annually by the club. Continue reading