Category archives: Eye Candy

Roof-top experience: Italian motoring group’s 50th anniversary

A Maserati makes a lap on the roof-top test track at the Lingotto in Torino, Italy | Dirk de Jager photos
A Maserati makes a lap on the roof-top test track at the Lingotto in Torino, Italy | Dirk de Jager photos

Last weekend, the ASI — Automotoclub Storico Italiano — celebrated its 50th anniversary. As the governing body for all clubs related to anything running with an engine, ASI has always been located in the heart of the Italian motoring industry — Torino.

At the anniversary kickoff, a symposium was held earlier in the week at the Torino Auto Museum in conjunction with FIVA, the Fedération Internationales des Véhicules Anciens, which also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. FIVA has member organizations in 65 nations, including the Historic Vehicle Association in the U.S., all dedicated to the preservation, protection and promotion of historic vehicles and related culture. Continue reading

Motorcycle Cannonball celebrates record ride centennial

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Bikes participating in Motorcycle Cannonball | Nicole James photos

Participants in the coast to coast “Race of the Century,” organized by the Motorcycle Cannonball, faced with rain, strong winds and 60-degree temperatures as they made their Thursday way from Page to Williams, in northern Arizona. Continue reading

Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival: Report and photo gallery

A vintage Harley-Davidson passes Lancia Aurelia B20 coupe in Elkhart Lake | William Hall photos
A vintage Harley-Davidson passes a Lancia Aurelia B20 coupe in Elkhart Lake | William Hall photos

Amateur auto racing is an activity whose lifeblood is discretionary income, and as such it’s often a barometer of a healthy economy. If the huge field in attendance at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin’s Road America Vintage Festival last weekend was any indicator, enthusiasm for classic cars is at an all-time high, and things are looking pretty good.

Now in its 31st year, the Vintage Sports Car Driver’s Association Vintage Festival takes advantage of mild late-season weather over the backdrop of this quaint resort town to present a true connoisseur’s event. Continue reading

Driven: Charging the Hill in a 1973 Alfa Romeo Berlina.

Typical Alfa body roll -- stable but neutral handling up the hill | Photo by ronaldnelson.zenfolio.com
Typical Alfa body roll — but stable and neutral handling up the hill | Photo by ronaldnelson.zenfolio.com

To the unfamiliar, the state of Wisconsin is shaped like the palm of your right hand. Look at the tip of your thumb. That’s Door County, our destination for the Ephraim Hillclimb and Concours held each September. And this month we’re seeing the hill from behind the wheel of a mid-‘70s European sporting sedan.

Taking inspiration from our own Nicole James’ article on the new Alfa Romeo 4C, I thought a story on the “Old 4C” — Alfa’s venerable all-aluminum twin-cam, Hemi-headed inline four two-liter engine — would be appropriate. In this case, the vessel for that iconic motor is not the stylish GTV, but it’s four door famiglia-car cousin, the Berlina. Continue reading

Eye Candy: 100th Gathering of the Faithful

The Gathering of the Faithful was held for the 100th time | Andy Reid photos
The Gathering of the Faithful was held for the 100th time | Andy Reid photos

Since the 1960s the New England MGT Registry has held an event called the Gathering of the Faithful.

I first read about this event in Road & Track when I was a kid. This was in 1980 and the issue I was reading was from 1973. It documented a road trip a journalist took in a MG TC to attend the Gathering. I was hooked and have wanted to attend ever since, but was not willing to do so until I actually owned a T series MG. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Goodwood Revival 2016

The start of the new Kinrara Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival | Rolex photos
The start as the sun sets of the new Kinrara Trophy race at the Goodwood Revival | Rolex photos

Each September, the clock turns back to a bygone era of the food, the fashion and fastest cars of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s for the Goodwood Revival in the south of England.

This year, the focus was “Life in 66,” the year the Goodwood Motor Circuit first was closed to motorsports competition, to real, non-vintage racing. It also was the year Jack Brabham won his third Formula 1 racing championship, as well as the year the British soccer team won the World Cup tournament. Continue reading

Eye Candy: Inaugural Leake Motor City auction

A 1957 Ford Thunderbird is directed onto the turntable in the Sound Board at the Motor City casino hotel | Larry Edsall photos
A 1957 Ford Thunderbird is directed onto the turntable in the Sound Board at the Motor City casino hotel | Larry Edsall photos

Jim Ledingham had never been to a collector car auction. But here he was, in the secured section of the garage at the Motor City casino hotel adjacent to the Lodge freeway in Detroit, where he had consigned his 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS to the Leake Auction Company’s inaugural collector car sale in the home of the automobile.

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Eye Candy: Lime Rock Historic Festival

Vintage Trans-Am cars race around Lime Rock Park during historic festival | Andy Reid photos
Vintage Trans-Am cars race around Lime Rock Park during historic festival | Andy Reid photos

The Lime Rock Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park racetrack in Connecticut celebrated it’s 34th year last weekend and this mixture of race, concours and car club activities continues to be one of the signature vintage sports car weekends in the United States. Continue reading

Eye Candy: A day at the auctions and ACD Festival

Lights in the Auctions America arena reflect off the surfaces of a CordCord 812 Supercharged Phaeton  | Larry Edsall photos
Lights in the Auctions America arena reflect off the surfaces of a CordCord 812 Supercharged Phaeton | Larry Edsall photos

Someone said the devil is in the details. But when I look into the viewfinder of my camera, what I see in the details is delight. Here are some of the details I noticed last week when I went to Auburn, Indiana, for a few hours at the Auctions America and Worldwide Auctioneers sale, with a quick run through the parking lot of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum where some car owners were getting ready for the annual ACD Festival.

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Eye Candy: Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance

Ferraris pose with a backdrop of the Milwaukee skyline | William Hall photos
Ferraris pose with a backdrop of the Milwaukee skyline | William Hall photos

They had the yachts, they had the waterfront, and they certainly had the beautiful cars. They even had the fog. Pebble Beach? Nope. The Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance…one week later and 2,276 miles apart.

The event, now in its 11th year, is under new leadership and has a new name. Formerly known as the Milwaukee Masterpiece, the re-brand reveals the event’s aspirations to become the premier concours d’elegance in the Midwest. Continue reading