Category archives: Eye Candy

Skyline Syndicate’s R’s Day at Laguna Seca

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Skylines and GT-Rs on grid | Charles Siritho photos

All I needed to hear were the words “Skyline,” “Laguna Seca,” and “track day” from Jose Robles and I agreed with no hesitation to ride along in his 1989 Skyline GTS-T Type M as he traveled from Phoenix to northern California for the Skyline Syndicate’s inaugural R’s Day. Continue reading

Muscle cars, Corvettes take Chicago by storm

A colorful  circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos
A colorful circle of 1971 Boss 351 Mustangs at Chicago’s Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals | William Hall photos

‘We rolled out the cold weather for you,” I said to Bobby Unser. “You sure did,” replied the three-time Indy 500 Champion, who was making an appearance in Chicago for the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. Two days earlier, it was 70 degrees, but on this day, the thermometer read 28.

Fortunately, this annual gathering of iconic American automobiles takes place inside the toasty, modern Stephens Convention Center near O’Hare Airport, away from the brisk winds outside. Continue reading

‘Of the Year’ Top 12 showcased at Goodguys Southwest Nationals

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Classic cars headed out of Goodguys | Nicole James Photos

The end of the year brings about nostalgia and leaves us reflecting on the noteworthy moments that form ours memories of the year. For the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, this end of the year reflection involves showcasing the best cars and trucks from events across the country for the “Top 12” at the final event of the season, the 19th annual Southwest Nationals, held November 18-20 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Eye Candy: 9th annual Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson auction

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Thunderbird being rolled of the Barrett-Jackson auction block | Matthew Fink photos

Held within the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the ninth annual Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson auction captured the essence of Sin City with an array of flashy, glamorous and over the top cars along with many recognized and beloved iconic vehicles.

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Eye Candy: Gilmore Car Museum celebrates 50 years

Cars owned by museum founder Donald Gilmore fill the main gallery for 50th anniversary | Larry Edsall photos
Cars owned by museum founder Donald Gilmore fill the main gallery for 50th anniversary | Larry Edsall photos

Genevieve Gilmore knew her husband, Donald, would need something to occupy his time after his retirement, so she bought him a 1920 Pierce-Arrow that needed restoration.

It was a strange gift for a man who had never been a car enthusiast. But perhaps he’d just been too busy running the family department store and then a major pharmaceutical company that also was part of the family’s enterprises. Continue reading

A must-see event: The annual AACA Fall Meet at Hershey

Wet weather is not deterrent at Hershey, where this 1919 Buick was on display | Andy Reid photos
Wet weather is not deterrent at Hershey, where this 1919 Buick was on display | Andy Reid photos

If you are at all into cars and have not attended the Hershey swap meet, auctions, and Antique Automobile Club of America Fall Meet show, then you are simply missing the boat. No matter where your interest in classic cars may be, there is something to see at Hershey, and this is best exemplified by the show that ends the week-long event.

I have been going to Hershey car week for five years, which makes me a newbie at the event, and every year I see cars at the show that I have never seen and sometimes never even heard of. Continue reading

A fine finale: the Zoute Grand Prix marks end of season in Europe

1937 Bugatti T57 Ventoux  displayed at Zoute Grand Prix concours as classic car season comes to an end | Dirk de Jaguar photography
1937 Bugatti T57 Ventoux displayed at Zoute Grand Prix concours as classic car season comes to an end | Dirk de Jaguar photography

Most of us all go through this annoying period called fall and winter when the weather turns to worse and all we can do is keep our beloved classics safely inside and dream of the return of nice weather come springtime. But that only heightens our anticipation of that final event in the year, when we visit our fellow collector car aficionados and have some fun with those cars for who knows how many months.

In Belgium this major blow-out event has become a main fixture on the European classic car scene. It’s held in early October, after most people will have had their holidays, children are back in school and the tourist season is mostly over. All of which means there is space in time and on the roads to come out with the cars in a huge way. Continue reading

Chrysler 300 International Fall Meet: report, photo gallery

A Chrysler 300F enters the club concours field in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin | William Hall photos
A Chrysler 300F enters the club concours field in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin | William Hall

It took 60 years to get back, but there on Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America four-mile race track, was a Chrysler 300 Letter Car, just as it had run during the 1956 NASCAR Grand National race under the championship-winning team of privateer Carl Kiekhaefer’s Mercury Marine.

Not only was the 1956 300B at the track but so were a nearly complete set of Chrysler’s famous 1955-1965 “Letter Cars,” widely considered to be one among the first factory-built muscle cars. Continue reading

2016 Fall Carlisle sets stage for South Beach Classics

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Ted Vernon (right) of South Beach Classics with bidders assistent | Carlisle Events photos

The Fall Carlisle — a collector and classic car swap meet, car corral and auction – not only marked the end of Carlisle Events hometown show season but provided the setting for an upcoming episode of South Beach Classics, a show on the Velocity channel. Continue reading

The making (and collection) of the ‘Most Passionate Enthusiast’

Michael Malamut's collection isn't a museum, but he opens it to car and charity groups | Larry Crane photos
Michael Malamut’s collection isn’t a museum, but he opens it to car and charity groups | Larry Crane photos

Michael Malamut was fixing neighbor’s cars while in high school to raise enough money to have one of his own. The local newspaper classifieds seeded that goal. Cheap cars could be fixed or lightly refurbished and sold for a profit.

Volkswagens were good targets because everyone wanted one in the ‘60s and there were few mechanics willing to repair them. Air-cooled Volkswagens led directly to early Porsche 356s and the profit margins improved. Continue reading