Category archives: Concours & Events

Concorso Italiano picks Ferrari as honored marque

Ferraris are always plentiful at the annual celebration of Italian cars and culture | Bob Golfen
Ferraris are always plentiful at the annual celebration of Italian cars and culture | Bob Golfen

Those who have attended the grand Concorso Italiano in Monterey, California, during classic car week every August know that a sea of vintage and contemporary Ferrari sports cars is pretty standard fare.

But next year, it’s official: Ferrari is the featured marque for the August 15, 2015, meet of Italian splendor. The celebration of everything cavallino was dedicated because the Ferrari Club of America, Pacific Region’s International Meet will be held in Monterey for the first time in 11 years.

Lovely 250 GT Lusso at this year’s Concorso | Bob Golfen
Lovely 250 GT Lusso at this year’s Concorso | Bob Golfen

That pretty much guarantees an enormous display of beautiful Ferraris of every type will roll onto the grass at the Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course, where Concorso returned for its annual show this year. There will be special judging in a variety of classes, with unique crystal trophies for the winning Ferraris.

Concorso Italiano is one of the key events that happen during the second week of August in Monterey, considered to be the greatest classic car week of the year with a plethora of collector-car auctions, a wide number of car shows and concours events, and vintage racing competition, topped off by the grand finale, the monumental Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Carlisle sets indoor swap meet, January 16-18 at Allentown

Taking a close look at a frame for possible restoration project | CarProDotCom for Carlisle Events
Taking a close look at a frame for possible restoration project | CarProDotCom for Carlisle Events

After celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, Carlisle Events launches its 2015 calendar January 16-18 with its annual Allentown Auto Mania at the Allentown (Pennsylvania) Fairgrounds, where vendors fill the 59,000-square-foot Agricultural Hall of a huge automotive swap meet.

In addition to the indoor sales, there will be a car corral with classics for sale in the parking lot just outside.

Carlisle Events wrapped up its 2014 season with the Zephyrhills Fall Autofest November 13-16 in Florida. Another event at Zephryhills’ Festival Park is scheduled February 19-22, 2015.

The annual Spring Carlisle collector car swap meet, corral and auction is scheduled April 22-26 at Carlisle’s home grounds in Pennsylvania.

Cars will strut their stuff on automotive catwalk at inaugural London Classic Car Show

Borrowing runway idea from fashion shows, classic cars will strut in London | Brand Events
Borrowing runway idea from fashion shows, classic cars will strut in London | Brand Events

The inaugural London Classic Car Show is taking a cue from the famed London Fashion Week and will feature an automotive “catwalk” that it expects to be “every bit as glamorous, every bit as desirable and every bit as fashionable” as the one featuring human models in the latest design creations.

“But there are two big differences,” the car show said in a news release. “These models have a great deal more muscle, and they are much, much noisier.”

The automotive catwalk will take the form of “the Grand Avenue,” a lane down the middle of the ExCeL exhibition center in London’s docklands. A turnaround area will be located at each end of Grand Avenue.

During the show, which runs from January 8-11, 2015, 40 vehicles will show their stuff on the catwalk. Among them will be a 1904 Lagonda Tricar and the ex-James Hunt McLaren M23 Formula One racer. Also turning laps will be the Maserati 250F that Stirling Moss drove to victory in the 1956 Monaco Grand Prix and a Jaguar C-type, as well as a 1924 Bugatti, 1920 Jaguar SS1 and one of the first 1948 Land Rovers.

Lotus 87B will be on ExCeL runway | Charlie Wooding photo courtesy Brand Events
Lotus 87B will be on ExCeL runway | Charlie Wooding photo courtesy Brand Events

A gullwing Mercedes-Benz 300SL, 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa and a Lamborghini Muira S will be among other cars exercised during the show.

“The Grand Avenue is a real innovation as far as classic car shows are concerned,” said Bas Bungish of Brand Events, the company staging the classic car show.
“The show will be crammed with historically important and seldom-seen cars which, by themselves, will ensure we can create a classic car show the capital deserves. But The Grand Avenue, which allows visitors to see – and hear – some of these cars in action, will take the show to another level.”

1904 Lagonda Tricar ready to roll on the runway | Brand Events
1904 Lagonda Tricar ready to roll on the runway | Brand Events

During the show, one of its curators, James May of the British television show Top Gear, will reveal what he considers to be the world’s most significant car — the car that changed the world.

British TV chef James Martin will display his car collection at the show and will have his James Martin Classic Cafe providing “good, simple grub” to show visitors.

Another feature of the event will be the 60th anniversary of the Citroën DS, the Derivation Special labeled as déesse, or the Goddess, by French philosopher Roland Barthes.

Ghia creations of 1950s in Arizona Concours d’Elegance

The 1953 Cadillac Ghia show car was owned by actress Rita Hayworth | Petersen Museum
The 1953 Cadillac Ghia show car was owned by actress Rita Hayworth | Petersen Museum

Carrozzeria Ghia is one of Italy’s leading auto designers and coachbuilders, with a rich history of beautiful concepts and production cars from the company’s founding in 1915 to the present day.

The second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance welcomes two of Ghia’s most-famous creations from the 1950s – a custom-bodied 1953 Cadillac once owned by Hollywood actress Rita Hayworth and the exquisite 1954 Plymouth Explorer dream car – as part of a special Cars of Carrozzeria Ghia concours class honoring the 100th anniversary of the Turin design house.

The two evocative Ghia automobiles will be shown during the Arizona Concours on January 11, 2015, along with more than 85 rare and exceptional automobiles displayed on the landscaped inner lawns of the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix. Both Ghias are owned by the world-famous Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, which entered them in the Arizona Concours to help celebrate Ghia’s centennial.

The 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia became one of the best-known cars of its day when it was presented as an extravagant gift to Rita Hayworth from the wealthiest man in the world, Prince Ali Khan, who was married to Hayworth at the time. The flamboyant coupe was one of two Cadillac concepts built by Ghia for the 1953 Paris Auto Salon, where Khan saw the car and arranged to purchase it for his wife.

 The 1954 Plymouth Explorer was a Ghia design for Chrysler | Petersen Museum

The Plymouth Explorer was a Ghia design for Chrysler | Petersen Museum

Despite the lavish gift, Hayworth and Khan were divorced later that year. But the celebrity connection remained intact for the Ghia-bodied coupe, henceforth known as the Rita Hayworth Cadillac.

The 1954 Plymouth Explorer by Ghia came about because of the Italian company’s relationship with Chrysler Motors, which resulted in a number of important designs and production cars. Chrysler’s then-newly named head of design, the acclaimed Virgil Exner, had turned to Ghia to help the Detroit automaker shed its image for stodgy automobiles. The Plymouth Explorer was one in a series of exotic dream cars that would become part of the automaker’s design language.

On a modified 114-inch Plymouth chassis, Ghia built a sleek, hand-sculpted coupe and painted it a striking green metallic with white horizontal spear accents and exhaust tips that exited from the taillight pods. Interior details include white leather upholstery, fitted luggage and concealed radio controls.

A number of other Ghia-designed automobiles will also appear in their own special class at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance, which once again serves as the startup and focal point for the famed Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. The premier automotive event benefits Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

For more information about the Arizona Concours d’Elegance, including ticket sales, see www.ArizonaConcours.com.

Carlisle Events moving its Florida base to Lakeland next November

Auction action at Carlisle's Fall AutoFest near Tampa | Carlisle Events photos
Auction action at Carlisle’s Fall AutoFest near Tampa | Carlisle Events photos

Carlisle Events concluded its 2014 car show, swap meet and classic car auction schedule last weekend with its fifth Fall AutoFest at Festival Park in Zephyrhills, Florida. Carlisle also announced that after launching its 2015 season in February at Zephyrhills, it will move its Florida events to Lakeland, starting next November.

Carlisle is based in Pennsylvania but escapes the cold twice a year for events in Florida, where it returns February 19-22 for the Winter AutoFest at Zephyrhills, just north of Tampa.

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But when it goes back next fall, the slightly renamed Fall Florida AutoFest will experience a change of venue, moving to a more central location at the Sun n’ Fun Complex in Lakeland, which is located between Tampa and Orlando.

Carlisle said the move was being made because the Lakeland facility provides more space and is close not only to Tampa but also to more of the central part of the state.

At the 2014 Fall AutoFest, the top sellers among the 300 cars that crossed the block at the Carlisle Auction each brought $73,991. They were a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette and a 1957 Ford Thunderbird.

Rare Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow to Arizona Concours

The 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow is a masterpiece from the classic era | Arizona Concours d'Elegance
The 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow is a masterpiece from the classic era | Arizona Concours d’Elegance

One of the most elegant and evocative automobiles of the  classic era, a rare 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow will be featured at the second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance on January 11, 2015, at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix.

The Silver Arrow, one of just five built and three known to survive, will appear on the landscaped inner lawns of the Biltmore as part of a special Pierce-Arrow featured class for the 2015 Arizona Concours.

The magnificent sedan was formerly part of the late William F. Harrah’s extensive automobile collection in Reno, Nevada, and was fully restored by the world-famous facility. The car is now owned by the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum in San Francisco.

“The Arizona Concours d’Elegance is honored to welcome this wonderful Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, which will be one of the highlights of the 2015 Arizona Concours,” said Kevin Cornish, executive director of the Concours. “The legendary Silver Arrow is one of the most beautiful cars ever made, and its Art Deco design will complement that of the Arizona Biltmore architecture.”

Created by Philip Wright of Pierce-Arrow’s design team, the Silver Arrow embodied advanced concepts of streamlined design while staying true to the Art Deco styling ethos of the period.

The legendary Silver Arrow is one of the most beautiful cars ever made.” 

The Silver Arrow was introduced by luxury automaker Pierce-Arrow at the New York Auto show in January 1933, where its revolutionary appearance stunned the crowd with what seemed to be an exciting vision of the future.

Indeed, the Silver Arrow was a milestone of automotive design, changing how automakers styled their most-important cars from then on. The slogan for the car’s introduction at the 1933 auto show said it all: “Suddenly it’s 1940!”

The Silver Arrow is a car of monumental size, though its fluid body lines create a feeling of speed and lightness. The engine is a powerful V12 that gave the sedan an impressive top speed of 115 mph.

Pierce-Arrow of Buffalo, New York, was struggling from the effects of The Great Depression when it unveiled the Silver Arrow, hoping to gain much-needed attention for its overall lineup of luxury automobiles. The Silver Arrow was certainly exclusive, priced at a then-exorbitant $10,000, which would explain why only five were ever sold. Pierce-Arrow did not survive the economic rigors of the 1930s, but is remembered among the greatest marques of the classic era.

Today, the Silver Arrow is recognized as one of the finest automotive designs of any period, and its appearance on the grass at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance should be a memorable experience for all who attend.

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a premier automotive event that serves as the start of the famous Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, benefits Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

For more information about the Arizona Concours d’Elegance, including ticket sales, see www.arizonaconcours.com.

Goodguys caps 2014 shows with Southwest Nationals

A wide array of cool custom cars will be on the field at WestWorld | Goodguys
A wide array of cool cars will be on the Goodguys field at WestWorld | Goodguys

The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association wraps up its 2014 season this weekend when the 17th annual Southwest Nationals rolls into WestWorld in Scottsdale, Arizona.

More than 3,000 hot rods, customs, muscle cars and classics are expected to take part in the sweeping showcase of automotive artistry scheduled Friday through Sunday. The Scottsdale show will be the final event this year in Goodguys’ national agenda of 19 hot-rod and custom car shows, which started in March.

New this year at WestWorld will be the selection of Goodguys’ Truck of the Year-Late (Model) award for custom trucks produced between 1955 and 1972. The seven finalists from around the country will be lined up for judging, with the winner announced Saturday at 1 p.m.

A 1954 Pontiac Star Chief won the Custom Rod of the Year award | Goodguys
A 1954 Pontiac Star Chief won 2014 Custom Rod of the Year | Goodguys

“Normally, we have the Truck of the Year selected already, but we decided to invite all seven finalists and do the award right there at Scottsdale,” said Goodguys spokesman John Drummond.

The late-model Truck of the Year will join the top 10 other Cars of the Year that have been awarded so far by Goodguys and its sponsors during 2014. The national winners will all be present for inspection by the public in the gleaming Champions Arena at Westworld.

One more annual winner will be awarded during the Southwest Nationals: The champion of the Goodguys AutoCross Finals Shootout. The Shootout is a popular competition in which 32 finalists will compete on a tight, complex autocross track for the fastest times in bracketed elimination racing.

“The final Shootout autocross race is a 32-car field from all over the country to determine one overall winner, who becomes the Autocrosser of the Year,” Drummond said. “It’s a real cutthroat tournament.”

This 1936 Dodge was chosen as America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod | Goodguys
This 1936 Dodge is America’s Most Beautiful Street Rod | Goodguys

The Autocross Shootout is a crowd-pleasing event because spectators get to see the high-performance custom cars in roaring, tire-shrieking action, Drummond added.

Along with the thousands of special vehicles filling the polo grounds at WestWorld will be hundreds of vendor exhibits, a massive swap meet and cars-for-sale corral, a model car show, free games and activities for kids, and entertainment.

The weekend gets started Thursday with the traditional Hot Rod Cruise organized by the event’s host club, the Over the Hill Gang Phoenix Chapter. After visiting seven locations in the Phoenix area, including shops and collections, the final stop is at Squeeg’s Kustoms in Chandler for a night of live music, food, drinks and lots of hot rods. The party gets under way at 5 p.m.

For more information about the Southwest Nationals and the Hot Rod Cruise, see www.good-guys.com.

UK’s 2015 Royal concours set for Scottish castle

Cars on tour for UK's Concours d'Elegance Royal | Cd'E Royal photo
Cars on tour for UK’s Concours d’Elegance Royal | Cd’E Royal photo

The United Kingdom’s annual Concours of Elegance Royal will be held September 4-6, 2015, at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, “with the gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen,” the organizers have announced.

Not only does the event attract a group of the world’s most historic and significant classic vehicles, but is hosted by a different royal venue each year. The inaugural concours was staged at Windsor Castle in 2012. Subsequent events were held at St James Palace and, this year, at Hampton Court Palace.

In addition to the concours, participants will take their vehicles on a two-day driving tour of Scotland, September 2-3.

“Set against the backdrop of Arthur’s Seat, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is a truly exceptional venue, standing at the end of Edinburgh’s world-famous Royal Mile, and being Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland,” the news release said. “The annual Concours of Elegance remains totally unique in being the only automotive event in the UK to enjoy an authentic and spectacular Royal Palace as its backdrop, with keen Royal motoring enthusiast HRH Prince Michael of Kent as the event’s Patron.”

While the concours is limited to 60 vehicles, hundreds of other cars from automakers and car clubs will be arrayed on the palace grounds.

Arizona Concours d’Elegance hosts two new events

Peter Brock, designer of the Le Mans-winning Cobra Daytona Coupe, will be one of the Elegance at Speed panelists  | Carroll Shelby Foundation
Peter Brock, designer of the 1964 Le Mans class-winning Cobra Daytona Coupe, will be one of the Elegance at Speed panelists | Carroll Shelby Foundation

The second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance has announced two new featured events – an insider’s look at Arizona’s famous collector-car auction week and a panel discussion with acclaimed race car designers – that take place at the Arizona Biltmore Resort, where the concours will be held on Sunday, January 11, 2015.

Both forums happen on Saturday, January 10, in the Grand Ballroom, and tickets are available for the public to attend what should be a fascinating afternoon of classic and competition car talk leading up to the Concours, staged the following day on the landscaped inner lawns of the historic Arizona Biltmore.

First up is the annual auction week preview presented by the Phoenix Automotive Press Association (PAPA).   The preview features a panel of collector-car experts who will discuss the trends of today’s market, and what cars they expect will be getting all the attention during the six collector-car auctions that happen in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area during the week following the Arizona Concours.

The PAPA discussion also will include representatives from the various auctions who will present the highlights of their upcoming sales. The auctions will be held through January 18 by RM, Gooding and Company, Barrett-Jackson, Bonhams, Russo and Steele, and Silver.

Automotive journalist and author Larry Edsall will moderate the PAPA event, which starts at noon and runs to 1:30 pm. The members of the expert panel will be announced at a later date.  Edsall is editorial director of ClassicCars.com.

Veteran race driver Lyn St. James will moderate Elegance at Speed
Veteran race driver Lyn St. James will moderate Elegance at Speed

Next is a special panel discussion entitled Elegance at Speed, in which three top designers will speak about race car design over the decades. The forum will be moderated by former race driver Lyn St. James, who was the second woman to race the Indianapolis 500 and the first to be selected rookie of the year in 1992.

Panelists for Elegance at Speed are Nigel Bennett, designer of F1 and Indycars, who spent 10 years at Penske Racing contributing to 53 wins and five driver championships; Peter Brock, best-known for designing the Cobra Daytona Coupe for Carroll Shelby’s team to compete with at Le Mans, among his many accomplishments; and Kip Wasenko, the former director of design for GM’s Cadillac Division and designer of Cadillac’s Le Mans Prototype (LMP).

The Elegance at Speed panel discussion starts at 2 pm and continues through 4.

Tickets are now available for the PAPA auction preview and Elegance at Speed – one $50 ticket gains entry to both events. Seating is limited and tickets are expected to go quickly. Tickets for the panel discussions and for the Arizona Concours d’Elegance the following day are available online at www.arizonaconcours.com.

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a premier automotive event that serves as the start of the famous Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, benefits Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

 

Unique 1954 Fiat 8V Ghia entered in Arizona Concours

The final 1954 Fiat 8V designed by Ghia received a unique body style | RM Auctions
The final 1954 Fiat 8V designed by Ghia received a unique body style | RM Auctions

The Cars of Carrozzeria Ghia, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the renowned Italian design house, is one of the featured classes for the second annual Arizona Concours d’Elegance on January 11, 2015.

Within that class will be a unique and spectacular example of the coachbuilder’s artistry. The car is not only an exotic 1954 Fiat 8V, but one with an elegant coupé body that is unlike any other. This was the final example that Ghia created using the jewel-like 2-liter Fiat 8V engine, and the only car that Ghia did not body in the more-familiar Supersonic form.

The narrow Fiat V8 engine displaces just 2 liters | RM Auctions
The Fiat V8 displaces just 2 liters | RM Auctions

Other Italian design houses, such as Vignale, Pinin Farina and Zagato, also built special creations around the Fiat 8V, but this particular Ghia coupe is well-known for its splendid styling.

The Arizona Concours, held on the landscaped inner lawns of the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort, presents a rare opportunity to see the one-of-a-kind Fiat 8V by Ghia displayed in such a grand setting.

The Fiat Ghia is owned by Andy Manganaro of Xenia, Ohio, who says that since purchasing the unique car in 2013, he has “already driven it extensively and shown it to good success… My principal intent is to drive the car in long-distance rallies, to present it for the enjoyment of others, and to preserve it for posterity.”

According to Manganaro, the Fiat 8V underwent a total restoration that took 15 years to complete, culminating in this stunning piece of automotive artwork.

The 8V, or Otto Vù, engine was designed in aluminum alloy by Fiat engineer Dante Giacosa with a 70-degree V configuration to provide more power from a compact, lightweight package. The engine was so-named because U.S. automaker Ford held the copyright for the term V8 at that time.

Total restoration took 15 years to complete | RM Auctions
Total restoration took 15 years to complete | RM Auctions

Providing 110 horsepower in standard trim, the Fiat 8V engine was competitive in racing applications, providing the Italian automaker with many successes in the 2-liter class. The engine was originally intended for general production by Fiat, but never went beyond competition use and specialty cars.

The Arizona Concours d’Elegance, a premier event that serves as the start of the famous Classic Car Week in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, benefits Make-A-Wish Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

For more information about the Arizona Concours d’Elegance, including entry information and ticket sales, see www.arizonaconcours.com.