Category archives: Concours & Events

Retromobile is French for classic car indulgence

A 1931 Harris Leon Laisne Type R restoration project near the Peugeot stand at Retromobile 2016 | Dirk de Jager photo
A 1931 Harris Leon Laisne Type R restoration project near the Peugeot stand at Retromobile 2016 | Dirk de Jager photo

What happens when you combine Paris, arguably the most beautiful city in the world, with some of the rarest and most elegant automotive creations of all time? The answer is Retromobile, the annual classic car exhibition held annually right in the middle of the French capital city. Continue reading

What makes Arizona Car Week special? It’s the people

Sunset makes this E-type Jaguar appear to glow as it awaits its turn on the block at Russo and Steele auction | Larry Edsall photos
Sunset makes this E-type Jaguar appear to glow as it awaits its turn on the block at Russo and Steele auction | Larry Edsall photos

I had an epiphany of sorts during Arizona Car Week 2017. Well, actually two of them:

  1. You can’t be everywhere at once, so don’t even try.
  2. The best part of the gathering of the clan of the car, in this case here in the Valley of the Sun, really isn’t the cars, as spectacular as they are, but the people they bring, and in the case of Arizona Car Week, they’re brought to the place where I live. How cool is this: I get to see amazing cars, talk with fascinating people, and sleep each night in my own bed.

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Simeone adds classics to Philly’s new car show

Some of the vehicles in Simeone's 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show display | Museum photos
Some of the vehicles in Simeone’s 2016 Philadelphia Auto Show display | Museum photos

As it does annually, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum will provide people attending the Philadelphia Auto Show with something to see other than the newest in bright and shiny sheet metal. The Simeone will participate in a display of vintage vehicles. Continue reading

Artists explore the car and its role in American culture

‘The car is so much more than a machine that moves people from point A to point B. It is a symbol of freedom, an emblem of America’s pioneering spirit, a status symbol, a mark of one’s wealth, and sometimes, a sad substitute for a home or a temporary place to lay one’s head. In addition to driving (pardon the pun) the nation’s economy and commerce, the car has played an important role in American culture – high and low—making appearances in advertisements, pop songs, film and fine art.”

— news release announcing ‘Vroom Vroom Beep Beep’

Out West, by Beñat Iglesias López, oil on panel, 10 x 10 inches
Out West, by Beñat Iglesias López, oil on panel, 10 x 10 inches

‘Vroom Vroom Beep Beep” is a group exhibition by eight artists and photographers celebrating American car culture in a show running through February 24 at the Susan Eley Fine Art gallery on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Continue reading

No-reserve drifting with Vaughn Gittin Jr.

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Vaughn Gittin Jr. drifing his 2017 Mustang RTR Spec 2 near Barrett-Jackson tents | Mustang RTR phtotos

Barrett-Jackson recently teamed with “professional fun-haver” Vaughn Gittin Jr. to create “No Reserve Drifting,” a video showcasing the world champion drifter’s abilities as he slides around the 74-acre WestWorld auction site in his 450-horsepower 2017 Ford Mustang RTR Spec II.

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Jet Center event: Luxury lifestyle and charity benefit

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Lamborghini at JetCenter event | Nicole James photos

Live music, local wine and microbrews joined exquisite art, a jet aircraft and several exotic cars at the inaugural AZ Jet Center event held Wednesday evneing at JetLinx Scottsdale as part of Arizona Car Week.

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Depth of field: New hallmark of the Arizona Concours

Two of the cars in the Lincolns of the Classic Era class at the Arizona Concours d'Elegance | Larry Edsall photos
Two of the cars in the Lincolns of the Classic Era class at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance | Larry Edsall photos

The headlines, here and elsewhere, were about the Bugatti Atlantic which, to no one’s astonishment, won Best of Show accolades Sunday at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance. The Atlantic is so famous, so rare and so spectacularly beautiful a car that it simply overshadowed the rest of the show field. Continue reading

Future Classics Car Show packs rooftop garage

Mercedes-Benz AMG GTS enters the car show | Photography by The Function Factory

ClassicCars.com, with support from Car Street Journal and the Function Factory, celebrated future collector cars with a show of their own Monday, set during Arizona Car Week atop a parking garage at the Scottsdale Quarter, an upscale shopping district.

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Bugatti Atlantic wins best of show at Arizona Concours

Bugatti Atlantic is pushed carefully to the red carpet after its battery died | Larry Edsall photos
Bugatti Atlantic is pushed carefully to the red carpet after its battery died | Larry Edsall photos

Organizers of the Arizona Concours d’Elegance provide a roped-off area near the awards presentation area reserved for photographers with media credentials so they can capture images of the cars as they roll up and their owners receive their awards. For all but the last of those awards, the cars approach from stage right, so the photo pen onstage left provides the desired, heads-on vantage. Continue reading

1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible wins Classiccars.com Award at Arizona Concours

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1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible

A 1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible has been selected as the winner of the annual Classiccars.com Award at the 2017 Arizona Concours d’Elegance.

This 1934 Hudson Terraplane convertible was found in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the current owner’s son. The car was complete but in poor condition and received a comprehensive  3 1/2-year restoration with over 3,000 man hours invested. Continue reading