Category archives: Eye Candy

Eye Candy: Milwaukee Masterpiece

Award winners roll toward their introductions at the Milwaukee Masterpiece| Larry Nutson photos
Award winners roll toward their introductions at the Milwaukee Masterpiece| Larry Nutson photos

Early morning light rain didn’t discourage exhibitors or spectators at the 11th edition of The Milwaukee Masterpiece. A light breeze cleared the skies quickly at the picturesque lakefront location.

The Milwaukee Masterpiece takes place on the shores of Lake Michigan at Veteran’s Park, a spectacular venue situated between the Milwaukee Yacht Club and the stunningly modern Milwaukee Art Museum with its kinetic “wings.”

More than 200 unique cars, trucks and motorcycles were arrayed on the show field. Complementing the rolling sculpture for the first time were “Beautiful Boats,” an array of classic wooden boats from mid-20th century. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Saturday evening car show at the Whippy Dip

Classic Caddy, Trans Am and many more at the weekly Saturday evening cruise-in at the Whippy Dip ice cream parlor | Larry Edsall photos
Classic Caddy, Trans Am and many more at the weekly Saturday evening cruise-in at the Whippy Dip ice cream parlor | Larry Edsall photos

Every summertime Saturday evening around 6, the cool cars arrive. They roll off Michigan’s two-lane Route 30 and onto the grassy lot behind the Whippy Dip, an ice cream parlor that serves hot dogs, barbecue, beverages and other light fare to the local folk in the community of Sanford and to traffic off U.S. 10, a highway that runs from Saginaw Bay to Lake Michigan, connecting Midland and Bay City with the north-central section of the state’s Lower Peninsula.

Among the regulars at the weekly car show are members of the Cruisin’ Classics, a group of nearly three-dozen classic car owners who live in and around Gladwin, a three-stoplight town about 25 miles northwest of the Whippy Dip. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Lake Bluff Concours d’Elegance of Southwest Michigan

Drum corps leads the way as the pass in review beings | Steve Purdy photos
Drum corps leads the way as the pass in review beings | Steve Purdy photos

In its 11th year, the Lake Bluff Concours d’Elegance of Southwest Michigan drew big crowds to Lake Bluff Park in downtown St. Joseph, Michigan. And with comfortable temperatures in the low 80s and mostly cloudy skies, photographers were happy and spectators were cool. Nearly 100 special cars were on display, including a section for “special interest” cars not included with the 80 participating in the officially judged concours competition. Continue reading

Eye Candy: RetroAuto and AFAS art show at Pebble Beach

Klaus Wagger racing action at Automotive Fine Arts Society exhibit | Andy Reid photos
Klaus Wagger racing action at Automotive Fine Arts Society exhibit | Andy Reid photos

Most people think about the Pebble Beach Concours ‘d Elegance and only visualize the wonderful show cars parked on the lawn Sunday morning. But there are a few other events that happen at Pebble Beach before and during the concours, such as RetroAuto and the exhibitions by members of the Automotive Fine Arts Society.

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Eye Candy: Woodward Dream Cruise

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Ford, Studebaker and Chevy cruisers on Woodward Avenue during the Dream Cruise | Kevin A. Wilson photos

The 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise drew more than a million people and somewhere between 30,000 and 60,000 “classic” cars to suburban Detroit on a sunny Saturday celebration of the car.

On a map, Woodward Avenue looks like a 27-mile long needle pointing into the heart of the Detroit. The southern end points into the Detroit River, far south of 8 Mile Road, the city’s northern boundary. That stretch is not officially involved in the Dream Cruise, though many visitors do venture into the city where so much automotive history was written.

The far northern end forms the eye of the needle, known as The Loop, where the road circles downtown Pontiac, a town named for an Ottawa war chief. Inside The Loop is where we took most of these Eye Candy photos during what is nominally a one-day event. In reality, Dream Cruise-related car activities stretch out over more than a week; we also grabbed a few photos on Friday night near 12 Mile Road in Berkley, where a lot of clubs and auto manufacturer marketing events congregate. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 65th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Somewhere in that sea of people are more than 200 amazing automobiles | Larry Edsall photos
Somewhere in that sea of people are more than 200 amazing automobiles | Larry Edsall photos

Golfers walk the 18th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in twos, threes or foursomes. Sunday, the famous and picturesque fairway that curves along a stretch of Pacific Ocean shoreline was trod by thousands.

But they weren’t golfers — though some of the men were dressed in the sort of outrageously colorful pants once favored by pro golfers. On Sunday, those on the fairway were spectators who came to witness not great golf shots but to see many of the most amazing cars ever assembled in one place. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Dawn Patrol at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Dawn Patrollers get to see the first car roll onto the fairway at Pebble Beach | Larry Edsall photos
Dawn Patrollers are rewarded by getting to see the first car in line as it rolls onto the fairway at Pebble Beach | Larry Edsall photos

It’s become a Pebble Beach tradition. It started with a handful of photographers and reporters but now attracts a few hundred people to rise long before the sun. One young couple left their hotel in San Francisco at 2:30 a.m. just to take part.

From wherever they come, they make their way to the Monterey Peninsula, go through the 17 Mile Drive guard house and follow the narrow, winding road through the dark to The Lodge, where they walk through the darkness toward the fairway of the famed golfing links and stand behind ropes that define a lane just wide enough for a single car.

And they stand there in the near darkness. And they wait.
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