Category archives: Eye Candy

Flavor of LA: TV Motion Picture Car Club show

Convertible Oldsmobile in show | Nicole James Photos
Convertible Oldsmobile in show | Nicole James Photos

At the intersection of Gunsmoke Avenue and Gilligan’s Island Road within the CBS Studios, the Television Motion Picture Car Club held its 8th annual car show. This year the show was staged with the Studio City Chamber of Commerce and became a joint event with Flavor of LA –- Food, Cars, Libations. Continue reading

Exploring Route 66 with my Dad

Dads Cadillac CTS by Route 66 Motel | Nicole James photos
Dads Cadillac CTS by Route 66 Motel | Nicole James photos

Many Americans in search of a better life have looked toward Los Angeles, where dreams could be achieved and stars were born. Route 66 was the primary road for those heading to the promise of Southern California and its lifestyle. The road served as a pathway of hope for much of the 20th century. Continue reading

Vintage Indy cars carry classic stories

Car No. 75 leads other vintage racers down the straight at PIR | Nicole James photos
Car No. 75 leads other vintage racers down the straight at PIR | Nicole James photos

Generally, “what goes around comes around” is considered a cliche, or even a joke when the subject is oval-track racing. But for former Indy 500 racer Dennis Firestone, that phrase became reality when he was re-united with a car he used to drive.

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The Mitty celebrates 40 years of vintage racing

Vintage racers race around Road Atlanta in the 40th Mitty Challenge | Patrick Tremblay photos
Vintage racers hurry around Road Atlanta in the 40th Mitty | Patrick Tremblay photos

The final day of the 40th running of the Classic Motorsports Mitty, sanctioned by HSR, was met with inclement weather, but the spirit of those racing at Road Atlanta was not dampened. The three-day racing event last month featured many races won by mere tenths of a second and by drivers showed mutual respect and clean racing with green flags throughout most sessions. Continue reading

Classics to Concepts: AutoCon Los Angeles 2017 has it all

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Hundreds of spectators gathered at the Los Angeles Convention Center for AutoCon 2017 | Nicole James photos

What started as a parking lot car meet in Southern California to strengthen the automotive connection through the celebration of life, individuality and community has become a full show series with events held around the country where extraordinary vehicle builds are debuted, product launches happen, news is announced, and the future is introduced.

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Impressive Amelia Island Concours that became a moveable feast

Best of Show Elegance winner, a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Torpedo Phaeton, rolls past the appreciative crowd | Bob Golfen photos
Best of Show Elegance winner, a 1935 Duesenberg SJ Dual Cowl Torpedo Phaeton, rolls past appreciative onlookers | Bob Golfen photos

(Editor’s note:  This is Part 1 of’s report and photo gallery from the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.  See Part 2 on Sunday) 

The story of the 22nd annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance will always be how leader Bill Warner and his crew nimbly managed to move this monumental event ahead one day, from Sunday to Saturday, and at the last minute when it became obvious that Sunday would be a washout, weatherwise.

With more than 300 vintage and historic automobiles heading to northeastern Florida from all over, plus the host of associated stands, vendors and displays, it seemed like some kind of miracle when the renowned concours appeared fully formed early Saturday on the fairways of The Golf Course of the Ritz-Carlton Resort. Continue reading

Historic dragsters make Goodguys appearance at Scottsdale

1968 Hemi Under Glass Cuda | Photos by Nicole James and Charles Siritho

Hundreds of classic cars made their way to Scottsdale, Arizona, for the eighth annual Spring Nationals car show, held March 10-12 and organized by Goodguys Rod and Custom Association. The Spring Nationals kick off the association’s 20-event schedule which stops in 13 states, each attracting a different array of vehicles. Continue reading

Carlisle does nearly $3 million at Winter AutoFest sale

1967 Chevrolet C10 on the block | Nicole James photos

Carlisle Auctions did nearly $3 million in sales at its first event of the year, held last week as part of the Winter AutoFest in Lakeland, Florida. The two-day auction sent more than 400 collector cars cross the block, as well as merchandise and memorabilia. Continue reading

Everything you never knew you needed at Winter Autofest

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Model cars for sale at swap meet | Nicole James photos

A popular element of each Carlisle Event is the swap meet where vendors congregate to sell, well, to sell pretty much everything you’d ever need whether automotive or not. Spent just a few moments browsing the aisles and you will find everything you never knew you needed.

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Import Face Off series makes a stop in Arizona

Chris Soehren behind the wheel of the Elite Scion FR-S | Photos by Charles Siritho

Gear heads flocked from all corners of Arizona recently to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix for a day of test n’ tune, drifting and a glittering car show, all part of the Import Face Off, an innovative lifestyle event highlighting non-domestic brands since 2001.

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