Category archives: Concours & Events

The Ultimate Forestry Machine, and other news updates

BMW Designworks styled this wheeled feller muncher for John Deere | Designworks photos
BMW Designworks styled this wheeled feller muncher for John Deere | Designworks photos

What else would you call a John Deere Wheeled Feller Buncher designed by BMW? Obviously, it’s the Ultimate Forestry Machine.

Although it hasn’t been widely publicized, Designworks, the California-based BMW design studio, has been doing more than helping to create some of the world’s best automobiles. For more than 20 years, the studio also has been working under contract with John Deere’s construction and forestry machinery division, not only on the looks but the ease of operation of bulldozers and specialized forestry equipment. Continue reading

Japan’s first racing star set for Amelia Island Concours debut

The Prince R380 was the overall winner of the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix | Infiniti
The Prince R380 was the overall winner of the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix | Infiniti photos

Even if you are among the rising tide of Japanese collector car fans, don’t feel too bad if you’ve never heard of the Prince R380, one of Japan’s first purpose-built race cars. Although little remembered today, the lusciously streamlined R380 made quite an impression in 1966 when it succeeded in beating the reigning Porsche 906s at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The six-cylinder endurance racer also set several speed records in 1965, and it helped put the tiny Prince Motor Company in the spotlight of international motorsports. Continue reading

Renaissance Roadster drives from Detroit with Ridler Award

The Renaissance Roadster wins the Ridler Award at the 65th Detroit Autorama | Margaret Hehr
The Renaissance Roadster wins the Ridler Award at the 65th Detroit Autorama | Margaret Hehr

There’s no denying that the 65th annual Detroit Autorama started with a big bang this year. To launch the show — quite literally — a “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger raced along the riverfront street next to the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and sped up a ramp and flew over the pavement, just like Bo and Luke would do on The Dukes of Hazzard television show.

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AACA opens 2017 show season with Winter Meet in Ocala

A complete rack of 1936 Fords in most but not all body styles | Jim McCraw photos
A complete rack of 1936 Fords in most but not all body styles | Jim McCraw photos

The first of what will be 16 events organized by the Antique Automobile Club of America took place late last month when the Winter Meet was held on the campus of the College of Central Florida in Ocala, Florida, the horse capital of the world. Around 250 vehicles were on display, ranging in birthday from 1912 to 1992, hosted by the AACA’s Sunshine State region and chapters of the Central Florida Region. Continue reading

Unique ’57 Corvette prototype readied for Amelia Island Concours

The Corvette Super Sport prototype was introduced at the New York Auto Show | Amelai Island Concours archive
The Corvette Super Sport prototype was introduced at the New York Auto Show | Amelai Island Concours archive

After more than a half century of obscurity, the rarest of Corvettes will make its 21st Century debut March 12 at the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

The 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport prototype was built for General Motors’ iconic Motorama shows in the 1950s, appearing for the first time in January 1957 at the New York Waldorf Astoria Auto Show, and then at the Chicago Auto Show. Continue reading

Festival of Ferraris highlights London Classic Car Show

A Ferrari F40 does a lap on The Grand Avenue | London Classic Car Show photos
A Ferrari F40 does a lap on The Grand Avenue | London Classic Car Show photos

Ferrari’s 70th birthday celebration was one of the features of the London Classic Car Show held last week at the ExCeL London. Of the 800 collector cars on display, a featured group of 21 bore the Prancing Horse emblem. Show organizers said it was the largest such gathering of historic Ferraris ever in London. Continue reading

Europe’s largest all-Japanese car show set for Silverstone

Visitors check out the cars at 2016 all-Japanese car show | Japfest photos
Visitors check out the cars at 2016 all-Japanese car show | Japfest photos

Europe’s largest showcase of classic Japanese cars is scheduled April 30 at the Silverstone racing circuit in England.

The event known as “Japfest” moved to Silverstone last year and drew a record 20,000 people

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News updates: Catching up on Barris’s 67-X, convertible tops, concours, back issues of AQ, and more

Barris-designed 67-X on display in the Royal BC Museum | Royal BC Museum photos
Barris-designed 67-X on display in the Royal BC Museum | Royal BC Museum photos

As part of the Canadian centennial celebration, Expo 67 in Montreal, oil and gas producer and retailer Esso commissioned George Barris to create a futuristic vehicle. Barris used an Oldsmobile Toronado as his canvas for the 67-X.

Four such cars were produced, and after Expo 67 they were given away in a contest. The only one known to have survived is on display through March 12 at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, as part of a celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Continue reading

Four famous concepts join London Classic Car Show

David Brown bought the company after driving Aston Martin Atom | London show photo by Simon Clay
David Brown bought the company after driving Aston Martin Atom | London show photo by Simon Clay

Four concept cars, ranging from the 1939 Aston Martin Atom to the Jaguar C-X75 featured in the James Bond movie Spectre, will be showcased this week at the annual London Classic Car Show.

“Concept cars are no strangers to motor shows, but it’s not often that they reappear decades later as eye-catching classics,” event director Bas Bungish said in a news release. “Their presence at The London Classic Car Show is sure to be a big talking point among intrigued visitors.” Continue reading